BREAKING NEWS: CMS and ONC Finalize Regulation on Stage 2 MU Reporting—Without Flexibility

August 29, 2014     Mark Hagland
“We are absolutely shocked” at the FY 2015 365-day requirement, CHIME’s Russ Branzell Tells Healthcare Informatics exclusively

Washington Debrief: Large-Scale Hack Raises Questions about Healthcare Cybersecurity

August 25, 2014     Jeff Smith, Senior Director of Federal Affairs
Last week, Community Health Systems (CHS) had 4.5 million patient records stolen by a Chinese hacker group that possibly exploited the Heartbleed vulnerability. This event points to the greater issue of cybersecurity and healthcare. Are healthcare systems and...

Quality and Cost: Healthcare Leaders Learn How to Redefine Value

August 21, 2014     John DeGaspari
Is the healthcare industry at a tipping point, where the clinical and financial sides of the industry are beginning to come together to work toward the common goal of value-based care? In a compelling keynote presentation at the Healthcare Financial Management...

Mass. Public Health and HIE: MU and Beyond

August 20, 2014     David Raths
One of the strongest use cases for statewide health information exchanges involves easing reporting to public health agencies. The HIE can provide a single conduit for providers to meet many reporting obligations. In Massachusetts, progress is underway on...

Stage 2 “Can Be Done,” says the First Critical Access Hospital to Attest

August 20, 2014     Gabriel Perna
While the number of hospitals and providers that have attested to Stage 2 of meaningful use continues to lag behind, one rural hospital found a way to get it done. One of the EHR team leaders at that hospital talks with HCI about the hardest part of Stage 2.

In a Pressurized Policy Environment, Healthcare Leaders Seek Clarity

August 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
A plethora of legislation and policy issues are now present—and will continue to emerge—for patient care organizations of all sizes. Healthcare Informatics Associate Editor Rajiv Leventhal spoke with various health IT policy experts and leaders to get a gauge...

Meaningful Use Lowers Rate of Adverse Drug Events, Study Finds

August 19, 2014     Gabriel Perna
A new study from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that implementing meaningful use medication management measures leads to lower adverse drug events in hospitals.

Are EMRs Physician Friendly?

August 18, 2014     Joe Marion
A recent conversation with an early EMR adopter healthcare provider resulted in an interesting dialog about the value of an EMR to the clinician, and the question of whether EMRs are really physician friendly.

Washington Debrief: Stakeholders Call for Patient Data Matching, Data Fluidity Action

August 18, 2014     Jeff Smith, Senior Director of Federal Affairs
CHIME was one of many healthcare associations to respond to the Senate Finance Committee’s stakeholder letter dated July 12, 2014, concerning digital health data availability and use. The letter signed by Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R...

Hospital CIO on Interoperability: With Current Technology, It Can’t Happen

August 12, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Recent comments made by Congress regarding the lack of interoperability in healthcare have made waves. In an interview with HCI, a hospital CIO expressed similar frustrations.

Does Mobility Improve Health Data Collection?

August 11, 2014    
Last week I had several interesting conversations, one with a long-time colleague about the use of mobile health in home health applications. The assumption is that mobile devices will improve data collection and patient management in home health settings. The...

Washington Debrief: OIG Report Says Certified EHRs Lack Necessary Security

August 11, 2014     Jeff Smith, Senior Director of Federal Affairs
A report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that ONC’s authorized testing and certification bodies (ATCBs) neglected to comprehensively ensure that test procedures and standards adequately...
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