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ICD-10: One CMIO Questions Its Value

Rajiv Leventhal
Although a recent HBMA survey found that its members are more prepared for ICD-10 now than perhaps ever before, not everyone agrees on the purpose of this mandate.

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UC Davis Doc Gets Grant to Study Telemedicine in EDs

December 19, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
A grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will fund an investigation that will look at how telemedicine consultations in emergency departments impact clinical outcomes, including cost effectiveness.

In Ohio, Optimizing Stoke Care With Telemedicine

December 19, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Inside a large Ohio health system is the OhioHealth Stroke Network, which uses video conferencing and clinical documentation tools to have stroke neurologists on call 24/7. The value of telemedicine has been proven, says the network's system business...

CMS: 257K EPs Hit With MU Penalties; AMA Calls the Number “Dismal”

December 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Approximately 257,000 eligible professionals will face penalties under the meaningful use program in 2015 for failing to meet requirements of the EHR incentive program, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

In Letter to HHS, Congresswoman Continues Push for Stage 2 Reporting Flexibility

December 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) continues to remain committed to easing the Stage 2 meaningful use reporting requirements, writing a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell asking her to shorten the 2015...

Cleveland Clinic Recognized With Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

December 17, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), has recognized the Cleveland Clinic Health System with its Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

VA, IBM to Pilot Watson-Based CDS Study

December 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM Corporation are joining together to conduct a two-year pilot that will assess clinical decision support through the use of Watson technology.

Innovation on the Plains: Hutchinson Clinic’s Bold Data Moves

December 16, 2014     Mark Hagland
Leaders at Hutchinson Clinic in south-central Kansas have been innovating with data analytics and other activities—even in a still-largely-fee-for-service environment

American Well Receives $80 Million in Funding

December 16, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Boston-based telehealth vendor, American Well has raised $80 million in funding and added various investors to its ownership team.

Real-World Trial of Impact of Patient-Controlled Access to EMRs

December 16, 2014     John DeGaspari
In what is described as the first real-world trial of the impact of patient-controlled access to electronic medical records, almost half of the patients who participated withheld clinically sensitive information in their medical record from some or all of their...

Washington Debrief: CMS MU Data Indicates Strong Finish for Hospitals

December 15, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
More than 3,690 hospitals participated in meaningful use in 2014, setting a new program year high. However, fewer than 35 percent of the nation’s hospitals have met Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, and only four percent of eligible professionals (EPs) have...

In Toronto, a Transnational Discussion on Data Analytics in Healthcare

December 15, 2014     Mark Hagland
At the Third National Summit on Data Analytics for Healthcare, held Dec. 2-3 in Toronto, Canadian and American healthcare leaders shared broadly around a range of data analytics-related topics

At iHT2-Houston, THR’s Ed Marx Shares Eight Essential Principles for Governance Success

December 13, 2014     Mark Hagland
In a wide-ranging keynote presentation at the Health IT Summit in Houston, Texas Health Resources CIO Ed Marx offers a set of eight bedrock principles on which to base good IT governance—anywhere