What Does the Evidence Say about EHRs and Patient Safety Data?

December 19, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Amid hysteria about EHR-related adverse events, this past week, the ONC put on a webinar, "The Role for the EHR in Patient Safety - What does the Evidence Tell Us?" that featured an overview of detailed research efforts. So, just what is the answer to...

Podcast: 2014 in Meaningful Use; Looking Ahead to 2015

December 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Uncertainty then, uncertainty now, uncertainty next year. That was the message from Jason Fortin, senior advisor at Impact Advisors, on the latest Healthcare Informatics podcast.

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.

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

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

The Slow Roll Out of Physician Compare

December 12, 2014     Gabriel Perna
As humans, our nature is to want to rate things. How many times have you said something was underrated, overrated, or properly rated? Through Physician Compare, CMS is slowly trying to bring this atmosphere to healthcare, much to the chagrin of docs.

Patients Value Online EHR Access, Trust Tech Over Paper

December 11, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
A growing number of consumers are embracing electronic health records (EHRs), and the significant boost in online access to health information is increasing patient engagement, according to findings from a study released by the Washington, D.C.-based National...
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