The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report this week on the meaningful use program, summarizing there was a need for comprehensive strategy to better ensure the reliability of clinical quality measures collected using electronic health records (EHRs).
Six Republican Senators sent a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, R.N., chief administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), asking for details on the agency's plans on how they will grant healthcare providers exemptions for Stage 2 of the new electronic health records (EHR) meaningful use program.
Patients in rural northern California communities will now have faster, more convenient access to specialty care in their area thanks to a new telehealth initiative announced by the Blue Shield of California and the Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health.
Patients who are overweight and have hypertension are more likely to lose 10 pounds in six months if they have secure online access to a dietitian than if they received only information and usual methods of care, a recent study from the Seattle-based Group Health Research Institute revealed.
A new UCLA-led study shows that real-time social media, such as Twitter, could be used to track HIV incidence and drug-related behaviors with the aim of detecting and potentially preventing outbreaks.
The global mHealth market is expected to reach $49.1 billion by 2020, according to a new study by the San Francisco-based Grand View Research.
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple launched the statewide health information exchange this week, connecting physicians and healthcare providers in one of the most active states for electronic health record (EHR) adoption.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its 2015 budget and it contains $75 million earmarked for the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to coordinate and support investments in “policies, standards, testing tools, and implementation guides that dramatically accelerate the adoption and meaningful use of certified Electronic Health Record technologies.”
The Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) has announced that healthcare providers in Rhode Island have exchanged more than one million messages using Direct, a secure way to send protected health information (PHI) to known, trusted recipients over the internet.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formed a new task force that will aim to accelerate the adoption of wireless healthcare technologies such as telemedicine.
Overall provider satisfaction with health information exchange (HIE) solutions has dropped an average of 8 percent since last year as provider demands have outpaced vendor delivery, according to a new report from the Orem, Utah-based KLAS research.
The electronic health record (EHR) fraud ordeal in Texas, where a former hospital CFO is being charged with laying about using certified EHR technology to receive incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has gotten the attention of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
The American Medical Association (AMA), the Chicago-based advocacy group for healthcare providers, is not going down without a fight when it comes to ICD-10. The association released a statement this week that expressed its concern over the lack of a contingency plan in place by the CMS if testing reveals potential problems with the transition to the code-set.
HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), has recognized 263 Ohio State University clinics) with its Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.
As part of a partnership to advance healthcare interoperability, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Health Level Seven International (HL7) will work together to promote a standardized approach to interoperable data exchange, the organizations announced.