The California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) has announced plans to develop a statewide health information exchange (HIE), initially providing physicians and nurses with secure, on-line access to approximately nine million health information records.
A pilot program intended to implement and test a cost-saving strategy for orthopedic procedures at hospitals in California failed to meet its goals, succumbing to recruitment challenges, regulatory uncertainty, administrative burden and concerns about financial risk, according to a study by the RAND Corporation.
In the rural state of South Dakota, drug treatment may get the telehealth touch as the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance gave the state a $100,000 grant to startup an initiative that utilizes the technology.
In a follow up to its announcement that finalized October 1, 2015 as the new ICD-10 deadline, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its recommendations for providers as they again prepare for the transition.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) recently realigned the workgroups of the Health IT Policy Committee and the Health IT Standards Committee in an effort to ensure they were aligned with its strategic direction.
The number of U.S. patients receiving care from an accountable care organization (ACO) is expected to increase from 40 million in 2015 to more than 130 million by 2017, according to a recent report from the Dallas-based Parks Associates, a market research and consulting company.
As the nation continues to deal with concerns about growing physician shortages across the country, a tool created by researchers at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) will estimate the supply of physicians, use of physician services, and capacity of the physician workforce across the country.
The use of electronic reminders such as text messages, emails or voicemails is highly effective at getting surgical patients to adhere to a preadmission antiseptic showering regimen known to help reduce risk of surgical site infections (SSIs), according a study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is launching a new association for healthcare executives that are focused on information security.
The Chicago-based American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has said that it supports the confirmation by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of October 1, 2015, as the compliance date for ICD-10.
On July 31, the U.S. Senate voted to approve legislation injecting more than $16 billion into the Veterans Administration in order to help the VA healthcare system overcome the extensive treatment delays
On the afternoon of Thursday, July 31, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a press release announcing the finalization of a rule making October 1, 2015 the deadline for providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses to transition to the use of the ICD-10 coding system
Two U.S. Senators, Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), have introduced a bill that would aim to improve healthcare in underserved, rural areas through the expanded use of telehealth.
Qualis Health, a Seattle-based healthcare consultancy and care management organization, has published an online toolkit that provides hospitals a practical, low-cost approach to engaging patients and families in infection control.
The number of large data breaches under HIPAA that have been reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has increased from 239 to 885 in less than a year, according to legal firm Fox Rothschild LLP.