Washington Debrief: OIG Identifies MU, Interoperability as Top Management Challenges

November 24, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report last week identifying “the meaningful and secure exchange and use of electronic health information” among the Top Management Challenges facing the department...

Docs with Health IT Less Likely to Accept New Patients

November 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The more health IT systems a doctor has in their office, the less likely they are to accept new patients, according to the findings of a new study.

Survey: Patients Using Online Reviews to Find Providers

November 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Significantly more patients are using online reviews to find a provider this year compared to last year, according to research from Austin, Tx.-based electronic health record (EHR) comparison site Software Advice.

Study: Cost-Savings Can Occur When EHRs Default to Generic Medication Options

November 21, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Physicians will prescribe fewer brand name drugs and can curb health spending when an electronic health record (EHR) defaults to show the generics first, according to a research study.

Another CommonWell Health Member to Offer Services for Free

November 20, 2014     Gabriel Perna
CommonWell Health Alliance, an industry trade association comprised of large electronic health record (EHR) vendors and other health IT vendors, is pushing forth with efforts to expand its spectrum, while adding new members.

Truman Medical Centers Recognized for HIT Excellence

November 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The Kansas City, Mo.-based Truman Medical Centers has won two awards from the health IT community for using information technology to improve care.

Colorado's Health Technology REC Program Reaches EHR Goals

November 19, 2014     John DeGaspari
The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) has announced today that the Colorado Regional Extension Center program completed its goal of helping 2,295 primary care providers and 33 rural and critical access hospitals adopt and meaningfully use...

Planning for Radiology CDS Technology

November 19, 2014     Cynthia E. Keen
While federal requirements for a radiology CDS are still a few years off, there is a strong case for laying the groundwork for implementation, and physician buy-in, ahead of the mandate.

Achieving Connected Healthcare Through Greater Interoperability

November 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
On November 17, at the New York eHealth Collaborative's (NYeC) 2014 Digital Health Conference, a panel of interoperability thought leaders provided an insider’s view of which interoperability efforts are gaining traction, which challenges present the...

Information Requirements for the Competitive Healthcare Marketplace

November 18, 2014     Tonya D. Edwards, M.D.
CIOs of eight leading healthcare organizations convened on Sept. 12 for the annual Scottsdale Institute CIO Summit. This year’s theme, Information Requirements for the Competitive Marketplace, yielded lively discussion. In the session, the group shared...

Ezekiel Emanuel: Tertiary Preventative Care will Curb Health Spending, Improve Quality

November 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D. chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and a former adviser of health policy to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),...

As ACOs and Population Health Move Forward, No “Big Boxes” of Diagnostic Images Needed

November 18, 2014     Mark Hagland
Multiple revolutions are taking place simultaneously, with accountable care and population health, HIE development, data-sharing and storage technologies, and policy and reimbursement changes, all impacting imaging informatics now
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