While e-Prescribing Transactions Soar, Providers Slower to Adopt EPCS

May 19, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
In another indication that electronic prescribing (e-Prescribing) is nearing critical mass, Surescripts’ annual report indicates that the Arlington, Va.-based company processed 6.5 million transactions in 2014, more than American Express and PayPal.

Study: E-Prescribing Reduces Adverse Events in Ambulatory Setting

May 12, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
Ambulatory providers that electronically prescribe (e-prescribe) medication within their electronic health record (EHR) are at a reduced risk for having an adverse drug event (ADE) among diabetes patients, according to new research.

Fine-Tuning an EHR ‘Flight Simulator’

May 7, 2015   |  David Raths
Most people likely assume that if a clinician enters a medication order of a wrong dosage or something that would cause fetal harm in a pregnant woman, the electronic health record would issue a warning or not allow the order to be placed. But as patient safety...

Hospital CFO Fined $4.4 Million for Meaningful Use Fraud

May 4, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Joe White, former CFO of the now-closed Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center, Texas, has agreed to pay back $4.4 million obtained through fraudulent attestation to meaningful use; he could face seven years in federal prison

Looking for Safety Insights in Medication Order Changes

April 20, 2015   |  David Raths
Despite the widespread adoption of computerized provider order entry systems, medication management remains a huge patient safety challenge. healthcare system. Could looking at data from multiple sources across the hospital help identify previously unknown safety...

At HIMSS15, the Signs Were Everywhere—and They Were All Pointed Towards the Future

April 18, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
All the signs and signals at HIMSS15 were clear—and promise an exciting, challenging rocket ride for healthcare IT leaders in the next year, before HIMSS16

Patient Satisfaction and Patient Engagement Race to the Top of CIOs’ Agendas: HIMSS Leadership Survey

April 13, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
At HIMSS15, which is enjoying record attendance this year at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, dramatic new results from the HIMSS Leadership Survey are reflecting policy and industry focus on patient concerns in healthcare

At the 2015 HIMSS Conference, Time to Think About the Big Picture—the Really Big Picture

April 8, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Thinking back to HIMSS annual conferences of a quarter century ago, and forward to HIMSS15, what’s clear is the need to keep the big picture around healthcare in mind

Looking Back and Forward, UPMC’s CMIO Dr. Dan Martich Sees Progress and Challenges

April 6, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
G. Daniel Martich, M.D., the CMIO of the UPMC health system, looks back and forward as he prepares to transition to a new position at a new organization

BREAKING: INDUSTRY-FIRST INTERVIEW: CHIME CEO Russell P. Branzell on the MU Stage 3 Proposed Rule

March 20, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
In his industry-first interview, CHIME’s Russ Branzell shares with HCI Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland his first impressions of the proposed rule for Stage 3 of meaningful use under the HITECH Act

HIMSS HIE Survey Reveals Progress for Supporting MU

January 27, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Health information exchanges (HIEs) are doing a better job supporting meaningful use Stage 2 than they were a year ago, according to an updated Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) HIE survey.

GUEST BLOG: 2015 Promises a Year of Value and Data-Driven Change

January 26, 2015   |  Linda Lockwood, R.N. and Mike Garzone
A recent report stated that U.S. healthcare spending increased 3.6 percent to reach $2.9 trillion in 2013, the fifth consecutive year of growth. This unsustainable growth, the continued reimbursement squeeze on healthcare providers and relentless regulatory...
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