Providing a Frontline of Defense for PHI

April 16, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
As the rapidly evolving healthcare industry faces increasing challenges to keeping PHI protected, there is a growing need to ensure knowledgeable and credentialed security and privacy practitioners are in place to protect this sensitive information. Health IT...

Advisory Committee Signals New Phase for SMART Platforms Project

April 15, 2014     David Raths
The SMART Platforms project at Boston Children’s Hospital, which is developing an apps platform for healthcare, is shifting into a higher gear with the formation of an advisory committee to guide the organization on strategy, technical approach and business...

Washington Debrief: ONC Looks to Pivot HITPC Work In Support of Future ONC

April 14, 2014     Jeff Smith, Director of Public Policy at CHIME
ONC asked the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) to consider a new work plan, which would reform several workgroups for future policy development.

Meaningful Use Does Not Indicate Higher Quality of Care, Study Finds

April 14, 2014     Gabriel Perna
A new report on physicians indicates that those who were meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs) did not consistently score higher on quality of care measures than those who non meaningful users.

How Smart Do You Want Your Physician’s Phone?

April 14, 2014     Pete Rivera
Not too long ago we were all working diligently to deliver handheld solutions to physicians. It was a “mobile device” that would allow access to HIS, patient lists, and lab results. It was either an HP iPaq or some other device that required proprietary wireless...

Proposed Law in South Carolina Would Limit EMR Copying Charges

April 14, 2014     Gabriel Perna
A law in South Carolina would limit the amount providers in the state can charge patients for receiving a copy of their electronic medical record (EMR).

Opposing Viewpoints: Provider Organizations Give Differing Perspectives on What the ICD-10 Delay Really Means

April 11, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
In the past week, provider organizations have been outspoken in how the ICD-10 delay will affect them moving forward. But not everyone seems to be on the same page. HCI has interviewed two such patient care organizations with differing opinions on the ripple...

KLAS: Third-Party Vendors Outperform EMRs for Meeting Physician-Led ACO Needs

April 10, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Third-party accountable care organization (ACO) vendors are outperforming electronic medical record (EMR) vendors when it comes to meeting the needs of physician-led ACOs, according to the latest report from the Orem, Utah-based KLAS research.

Consultant: Providers Need to Look Ahead to MU Stage 3

April 9, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Certainly, provider organizations have plenty of concerns when it comes to attesting to meaningful use, which is vital to their immediate and long-term success. According to one industry expert, a failure to look ahead is at the top of the problem list.

'Entering a Minefield': The OpenNotes Mental Health Conundrum

April 8, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The OpenNotes movement, which invites patients to review clinical notes written by clinicians, was an unequivocal success in its three pilot locations. Now one of those organizations is trying to determine whether it’s appropriate to expand this kind of EHR note...

Providers Identify Workflow Challenges with Stage 2 Transitions of Care

April 8, 2014     David Raths
At Health IT Policy Committee listening sessions on Stage 2 transition-of-care requirements, providers and vendors identified health exchange ecosystem maturity levels and workflow changes as their biggest challenges.

The Great Divide: Financial & Clinical Systems

April 8, 2014     Pete Rivera
Many organizations compartmentalize their systems into clinical and financial Systems. It’s almost as if the CIO grew up familiar with billing /scheduling systems and the clinical systems is just something that evolved under the doctor's purview. The thought...
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