U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has reintroduced legislation that would provide $20 billion in incentive funds for health information technology incentives for behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse treatment professionals and facilities.
The Health Story Project, an alliance that has supported the development of standards for a comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) that can be shared, has become part of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), according to a recent announcement at the National Health IT Week HIMSS Policy Summit press conference.
Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SHC) has named Pravene Nath, M.D., as its chief information officer and Christopher (Topher) Sharp, M.D., as chief medical information officer. Nath joined Palo Alto, Calif.-based SHC in September 2008 as CMIO and has served as its interim CIO since former CIO Carolyn Byerly left that position in January 2013 to form her own consulting firm called Platinum Advisory Services LLC.
Children’s Medical Center Dallas has announced it is launching the state’s first dedicated neonatal telemedicine program—the Children’s Medical Center TeleNICU.
On Sep. 18, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the most recent statistics on healthcare spending, with the agency noting that the first phases of implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) slowed Medicare spending in 2012.
The Sacramento, Calif.-based 619-bed University of California-Davis Medical Center has won the 2013 Enterprise Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Davies Award of Excellence.
The New York City Health and Hospital Corporation is building an advanced analytics platform to improve patient care and operational efficiency, using IBM as its vendor of choice, the Armonk, N.Y.-based tech giant announced this week.
Researchers have recently concluded that physicians who use electronic medical records (EMRs) with a moderate number of functions are more stressed and have lower job satisfaction than those whose EMRs don’t have that many functions.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a meaningful consent website that aims to help healthcare providers engage patients in choosing how they want their electronic patient health information shared.
Meaningful use (MU) Stage 2 requirements are accelerating electronic health record (EHR)-specific patient portal adoption at an increasing rate, according to a new report from the Orem, Utah-based research and consulting firm, KLAS Research.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors has approved 71 awards, totaling more than $114 million over three years, to fund comparative clinical effectiveness research designed to answer questions most important to patients and those who care for them.
The Office for the National Coordinator (ONC) has announced the winners of its Blue Button Co-Design Challenge this week at the Consumer Health IT Summit, which is a daylong event held during the annual Health IT Week.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has announced grants of nearly $5.3 million to expand the rural health IT workforce and to use telehealth to improve mental health services for veterans in rural areas.
Supporting the growing trend toward patient engagement, a recent survey from the N.Y.-based health IT services vendor Accenture found that many U.S. consumers (41 percent) would be willing to switch doctors to gain online access to their own electronic medical records (EMR).
The use of electronic health records (EHRs) in a clinical setting led to a decrease in emergency room visits and hospitalizations for patients with diabetes, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found.