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Research: E-Prescribing Systems Beneficial but Costly, Providers Say

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:28

A literature review of 47 sources finds that while electronic prescribing could save health systems billions of dollars and could help prevent millions of adverse drug events annually, nearly 80% of providers say the price of implementing such systems is a deterrent. FierceHealthIT.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of April 11, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:18

Canton-Potsdam Hospital in New York has selected Authentidate Holding’s remote patient monitoring system. Rhonda Russell — vice president of EIS services at McKesson — has been named chief operating officer at Nextech, a provider of EHR, practice management and patient engagement tools.

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HHS Secretary Sebelius Resigns; Obama Nominates Burwell

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:02

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges and other health IT initiatives, will resign. Some health IT stakeholders praise her efforts promoting health IT, while others say her resignation will have little effect on the industry. Health Data Management et al.

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ECRI Institute Creates Stakeholder Collaboration for Health IT Safety

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:41

The ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization has created a collaboration of health IT vendors, lawmakers, professional societies, providers and others to institute a framework to identity and address issues related to health IT safety, particularly surrounding electronic health records. Health Data Management, Clinical Innovation & Technology.

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DeSalvo Suggests Re-Working Health IT Policy Workgroups

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:36

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo has proposed a new structure for the Health IT Policy Committee’s workgroups, refocusing them around four topics related to health IT and meaningful use. The topics aim to support ONC’s current priorities, and a draft of DeSalvo’s plan is expected to be available for public comment in July. FierceHealthIT et al.

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Contest Seeks Tool To Help Patients Navigate Medicare Pay Data

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:39

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced a contest for software developers to create tools to help consumers understand newly released Medicare physician payment data. Some physician groups have urged patients to be careful not to misinterpret the data. Health Data Management et al.

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Ore., Wash. Health Systems To Join EHR Open Access Initiative

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:34

Nine health systems and physician practices in Oregon and Washington state will begin offering one million patients access to the OpenNotes system, which provides patients with their electronic health record data. Experts say the initiative could enhance patient engagement and lead to a “national standard of care.” EHR Intelligence et al.

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Athenahealth: OIG’s Advisory Opinion Reversal ‘Disappointing’

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:22

Athenahealth has expressed disappointment in the HHS’ Office of Inspector General’s recent decision to reverse a 2011 advisory opinion on the fee structure for its health data exchange service. The company says it will alter its payment structure to comply with the notice. Health Data Management, Modern Healthcare.

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HIT Policy Committee Supports Best Practices for Proxy Data Access

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:22

The Health IT Policy Committee is encouraging the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to distribute best practices for patients’ proxies to view, download and transmit their health data under meaningful use Stage 2. Health Data Management, Clinical Innovation & Technology.

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Study: Mobile Messaging App Improves Care for Servicemembers

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:19

A new study finds that a mobile messaging application can improve treatment experiences and appointment attendance among military servicemembers who are sick or injured. For the study, providers used mCare, a mobile app, to send announcements, appointment reminders, secure messages and wellness tips to their patients. MobiHealthNews.

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Survey: Patients Want Pharmaceutical Information Digitally

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 13:36

An Accenture survey finds that individuals using pharmaceutical services want to obtain their medication information through mobile and web-based channels including email, websites, mobile applications and social media. MobiHealthNews.

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Groups, Stakeholders Comment on FDA’s Health IT Framework

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 13:35

FDA has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on its recently released risk-based health IT regulatory framework. Some lawmakers say they oppose the framework, while health care stakeholders, such as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the Health IT Now Coalition, applaud the agency’s efforts. Health Data Management et al.

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CMS Issues Updated Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Specifications

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 13:21

Updated specifications for electronic clinical quality measures are now available for eligible hospitals participating in meaningful use Stage 2. CMS also released a new tool to help measure developers in the e-specification of clinical quality measures. Health Data Management et al.

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Hospital CIOs Weigh ICD-10 Options; Fitch Says Delay Good for Credit

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:25

Hospital CIOs are considering whether to halt or move forward with ICD-10 implementation efforts following the enactment of a law that delays the compliance deadline for at least one year. Although some CIOs describe the delay as a financial loss, Fitch Ratings says it is a positive credit development for hospitals. Modern Healthcare, Fitch Ratings release.

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U.K. Health Service Sold Patient Data to Drug Companies

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:15

A registry shows that some major pharmaceutical companies have paid the United Kingdom’s National Health Service to obtain patient data. For example, AstraZeneca said it received data to gain “insights” into patient pathways and disease patterns. London Telegraph

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CMS Paid $503M in E-Prescribing, PQRS Incentives in 2012

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:01

A new CMS report finds that the agency paid more than $335 million to 227,447 eligible professionals through its Electronic Prescribing incentive program in 2012. In addition, CMS paid $167 million to 367,228 eligible professionals through its Physician Quality Reporting System incentive program in 2012. FierceEMR et al.

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Not-For-Profit Group To Take Over ONC’s CONNECT Project

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:58

Not-for-profit Open Health Tools is assuming responsibility for an open source software development project launched by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s Federal Health Architecture. The project aims to facilitate the exchange of electronic health record data between federal health agencies and other organizations. Modern Healthcare.

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House Appropriations Panel Criticizes Slow DOD-VA iEHR Efforts

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:50

Last week, members of the House Appropriations Committee’s defense panel criticized officials from the Department of Defense for their slow progress on achieving an interoperable electronic health record system with the Department of Veterans Affairs. A DOD official said the agencies were working with HHS to find a standardized way to share patient data. Navy Times.

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