Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

Electronic Health Records

Health IT Comparison Tool Task Force Hears from Providers

by Frank Irving

The Health IT Policy Committee’s Certified Technology Comparison (CTC) Task Force resumes its work this week as the group looks to build a tool for providers to use when assessing products needed for future health IT integration initiatives....

Medication Data in EHR Provides Basis for Tracking Adherence

by Frank Irving

Medication fill data available within electronic health records can identify primary nonadherence in clinical practice, according to results of study published online Jan. 4 by the American Journal of Managed Care. The research team from Thomas...

Hospital Revenue Risk: Patients Not Engaging Via Mobile Apps

by Frank Irving

With more than half of health consumers looking to connect with providers via smartphone, hospitals should be highly attuned to mobile device and app integration in their overall IT strategy. However, analysis of proprietary mobile health apps...

EHR Analysis Reveals HCV Screening Gap at Health Centers

by Frank Irving

A large-scale review of de-identified electronic health records found an alarmingly low level of hepatitis C virus (HCV) screenings based on birth year criteria at community health centers (CHCs). All patients born between 1945 and 1965, regardless...

CMS and ONC Seeks Feedback on Quality Measures Reporting

by Frank Irving

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on Dec. 30 issued a Request for Information (RFI) intended to inform policy options for improving certification and testing of...

State Strongholds for EHR Vendors Among MU Hospitals

by Frank Irving

Ever wonder how a particular electronic health records system stacks up in terms of market share and rank among meaningful users in a certain state? The Health IT Dashboard, made available by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

Veterans Salute Secure Messaging in Study of Portal Users

by Frank Irving

Veterans who participated in a recently reported survey found secure email messaging to be a useful and timesaving tool for common medical communication tasks and for submitting health-related questions. The large-scale research study solicited...

West Texas HIE Adds Two Key Regional Participants

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange in West Texas will ramp up with the connection of two major regional health providers to the Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange (PdN HIE). The non-profit PdN HIE has signed up University Medical Center of El...

Patients Associate Secure Email Exchange and Better Health

by Frank Irving

Secure email exchange with physicians, facilitated through a portal associated with electronic health records, holds promise for improving patient health, according to survey results released this week by Kaiser Permanente’s Division of...

Hospital Association Urges Revision of EHR Incentive Program

by Frank Irving

The American Hospital Association (AHA) filed its public comments on the EHR Incentive Program on Dec. 11, highlighted by a five-point set of recommendations to rework the platform for establishing meaningful use (MU) of certified EHR technology....

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Lauded for EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

The ongoing electronic health records deployment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) was certified this week as having achieved Stage 6 on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM)....

Task Force Grapples with HIT Product Comparison Framework

by Frank Irving

The Health IT Policy Committee’s Certified Technology Comparison (CTC) Task Force reconvened on Dec. 1 to formulate a framework for providers to use when looking to purchase certified health IT products, particularly electronic health records...

EHR Use in Safety-Net Clinics Affects Patient Satisfaction

by Frank Irving

Clinicians highly connected with their electronic health records systems may inadvertently suffer an interpersonal disconnect with patients in safety-net facilities, according to a newly released study. EHR implementation may adversely affect...

The Billion-Dollar EHR Incentive States

by Frank Irving

Government investment in promoting adoption of electronic health records largely follows a trail to the most populous states. Of the more than $31 billion paid to eligible providers and hospitals through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive...

EHRs and mHealth Lead Global Surge in Digital Health

by Frank Irving

The global market for digital health technology looks strong over the coming five-year horizon, according to a new report from P&S Market Research. The firm forecasts a compound annual growth rate exceeding 21 percent through 2020, led by...

Centura Health Earns Davies Award for IT Excellence

by Frank Irving

Centura Health, which manages 16 hospitals in Colorado and western Kansas, has earned a 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award for excellence in health IT integration. The distinction recognizes the use of health information technology to improve...

Task Force to Recommend New Tool for Technology Selection

by Frank Irving

A task force of the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) has begun assessing whether a tool could be created to compare certified health IT products when the current EHR meaningful use program folds into provisions of MACRA legislation in 2019....

AMA Wants Interoperability Standards Before MU Certification

by Frank Irving

The American Medical Association (AMA) devoted part of its Interim Meeting on Nov. 17 to the group’s concerted efforts to drive more interoperable electronic health records. The AMA’s policy-making House of Delegates voted to adopt...

Bill Offers Blanket Exception to Meaningful Use Requirements

by Frank Irving

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga., pictured) has introduced proposed legislation that would authorize a new hardship exception to meaningful use requirements for the 2015 reporting period under the federal EHR Incentive Program. H.R. 3940, titled the “Meaningful...

EHR Integration Improves Assessment for COPD Patients

by Frank Irving

EHR integration into outpatient assessment workflow improved disease management in a study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. In the study, recently published in the journal Respiratory Medicine,...


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