The number of physicians who say they will not attest to meaningful use is growing, according to the 2014 electronic health record (EHR) report from Medscape, a component of WebMD.
Taking a page from its affiliated EHR Association, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to act quickly on publishing a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use flexibility.
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body, has developed an accreditation program that focuses on accountable care organizations (ACOs).
The Erie, N.Y.-based County Department of Health (ECDOH) has noticed significant improvements in tracking overall public health efforts by leveraging HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s health information exchange (HIE), for its epidemiology and disease surveillance.
Members from the Subcommittees on Communications and Technology charged health IT vendors, like Epic Systems, of using closed systems and failing to promote interoperability at a hearing this week.
Health insurer Independence Blue Cross has announced that 90 percent of its accountable care organization (ACO) participants in the Philadelphia region lowered their hospital readmission rates, with an average reduction of 16 percent in the first year.
A cloud-based medical image management and exchange platform received a $6 million in funding from the Mayo Clinic and a host of others.
The Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System has announced a new partnership that will afford Geisinger patients access to advanced cancer treatment and clinical trials.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement Launches New “Leadership Alliance” To Help Patient Care Leaders Implement Innovations
Massachusetts is a growing hub of healthcare IT adoption, according to a new study released by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI).
Concerns that nationwide electronic health record (EHR) adoption could lead to widespread fraudulent coding and billing practices that result in higher healthcare spending are unfounded, according to a study from the University of Michigan Schools of Information and Public Health and the Harvard School of Public Health.
An hour-long educational coaching session and two or three follow-up phone calls after a hospital stay are enough to reduce readmission odds by 39 percent among Medicare patients, according to a study by Cleveland-based University Hospitals Case medical Center. The study, which is published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, also found that the average cost of care was reduced by $3,700 per patient for those patients who received the education session versus those who did not.
Increasingly, U.S. adults turn to the Internet for health information, but few use or fully understand the quality of care information they receive, according to the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis (JKTG) Foundation for Health Policy in Highland, Md. The JKTG Foundation commissioned a team of Harvard health communication experts, led by K. Viswanath, Ph.D., to summarize why and recommend how the use and understandability of quality measures can be improved. The paper, "Communication and Quality of Care: An Overview" provides a standardized definition of quality of care and reviews relevant literature to provide a context for the best practices of reporting quality measures to consumer audiences.
The global electronic data interchange (EDI) market—which has helped the healthcare industry move claims and supply chain management from paper-based to an electronic-based mode of transactions— is expected to be worth $1.68 billion by 2018, according to a Research and Markets report.
Parsing electronic health records (EHRs) with algorithms can help researchers identify patients with hypertension, a new study from Northwestern Medicine reveals.