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KLAS Report: ACOs Turning to Third-Party Vendors Over EHR Vendors

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:14

A new report from KLAS Research finds that third-party accountable care organization vendors are outperforming electronic health record vendors among physician-led ACOs. According to the report, the ACOs say EHR vendors are not meeting the needs of their organizations. FierceEMR.

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Lawmakers To Withhold Funding Until VA, DOD Make EHR Progress

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:10

The House Appropriations Committee last week approved a fiscal year 2015 budget plan that would withhold 75% of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ funding request for electronic health record system upgrades until it makes progress on EHR interoperability with the Department of Defense. Military Times, EHR Intelligence.

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Psychiatric Care Quality Data Posted to CMS’ Hospital Compare Site

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:48

CMS’ Hospital Compare website now includes quality data on inpatient psychiatric facilities. The new data include information on how many hours patients spent in physical restraint and seclusion, as well as the facilities’ follow-up care plans. Modern Healthcare, AHA News.

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Hospitals Weigh In on Doctor Ratings as Websites Grow in Popularity

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:01

A recent study finds that 25% of patients consulted physician rating websites when choosing a primary care physician in 2012. In response to that demand and some of the negative reviews that have been posted, hospitals increasingly are posting the results of their own patient satisfaction surveys and physician feedback directly on their websites. Kaiser Health News‘ “Capsules.”

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of April 18, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 05:28

BlackBerry has purchased a minority stake in NantHealth, a cloud-based health IT provider, and the two firms plan to develop a new smartphone targeted at the health care sector. Nuance Communications, a developer of clinical documentation and voice recognition software, has acquired Accelarad, a provider of medical imaging software, for an undisclosed sum.

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Reports Highlight Need for Greater Health Care Price Transparency

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:26

A report from the California HealthCare Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation highlights the need to tie online health pricing information with meaningful quality data. Meanwhile, a separate report from a Healthcare Financial Management Association task force calls on insurers, providers and employers to boost health price transparency. Modern Healthcare et al.  

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Report: Lack of Interoperability Limits Meaningful Use Program

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:19

A report released by an independent task force concludes that meaningful use stages 1 and 2 “fall short of achieving meaningful use in any practical sense” because of the lack of interoperability among electronic health records. The report urges CMS to create a “truly interoperable health data infrastructure” through Stage 3 objectives. Health Data Management et al.

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Coalition Urges CMS To Set Official ICD-10 Compliance Deadline

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:46

In a letter, a coalition of health care stakeholders calls on CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to declare Oct. 1, 2015, as the official compliance deadline to switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets. A new law pushes back the ICD-10 compliance date by at least a year, but CMS has yet to make an official announcement about the new deadline. Modern Healthcare et al.

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HIMSS Analytics IDs Most In-Demand Software Apps in U.S. Hospitals

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:30

A recent survey by HIMSS Analytics finds software applications focusing on bed management, enterprise resource management and financial planning are the most in demand among U.S. hospitals. The group also notes that contract management and financial data warehousing software have growth potential. Health Data Management et al.

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Study: Google Glass Helpful in Health Care, but Drawbacks Remain

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:28

A new study — one of the first systematic reviews of Google Glass to be published in a medical journal — finds that the use of the device in a hospital setting was received positively by patients and staff and that it offers many benefits. However, the study also notes barriers, such as privacy concerns, a low battery life and audio issues. San Francisco Chronicle, Medical News Today.

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Clinical Research Data Network Will Connect Millions of EHRs

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:27

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is using nearly $100 million in funding to create what could be the largest network of patient medical records. The network, which aims to improve comparative effectiveness research, could include the medical records of between 26 million and 30 million U.S. patients by September 2015. Washington Post.

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Attorneys General Urge Google To Crack Down on Illegal Rx Drug Sites

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:23

Several state attorneys general argue that Google has not done enough to address the issue of illegal online pharmacies. The attorneys general say Google should “delist” websites that promote illegal activities or products, and some have threatened legal action if the company does not take further steps to block illegal online pharmacies. Washington Post.

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CIOs Lead Companies’ Digital Innovation Strategies, Gartner Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:18

A Gartner survey of more than 400 CEOs of large companies finds that CIOs more frequently are being thought of as the C-suite executive responsible for driving companies’ digital innovation strategies. However, observers note that innovation is a still a “team game.” Wall Street Journal‘s “CIO Journal,” FierceHealthIT.  

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Health IT Investments Reached $858M in Q1 2014, Report Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:13

A Mercom Capital Group report finds that the health IT industry raised $858 million in venture capital funding in the first quarter of 2014, up 154% from the last quarter of 2013. The mobile health sector received the largest share of venture capital funding, at $198 million. Healthcare IT News, FierceHealthIT.

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Study: Meaningful Use Program’s Effect on Care Quality Unclear

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:12

A study that examined the connection between meaningful use and care quality shows mixed results. Meaningful use attestation was associated with slight improvements for two clinical quality measures, a decline in quality scores for two measures and no variation for three other measures. Health Data Management et al.

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Primary Care Physicians’ EHR Satisfaction Increasing, Report Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:12

A Black Book Rankings report finds that 8% of primary care physicians reported being “very dissatisfied” with their electronic health record system’s ability to lessen workload, down from 48% who were “very dissatisfied” in 2009. Meanwhile, Practice Fusion received the highest EHR vendor ranking, according to the report. Clinical Innovation & Technology, Black Book release.

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OIG Raises Concerns About States’ Outsourcing of Medicaid IT Work

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:59

A report by the HHS Office of Inspector General says that 11 states outsource some Medicaid IT work to foreign contractors. According to the report, two of the states only allow offshoring in limited circumstances, while the other nine lack any restrictions on how to handle personal health data. Washington Times.

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N.J., N.Y. Announce Plans To Bolster HIE Use, EHR Adoption

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:54

Officials in New Jersey and New York recently announced plans to promote health information exchange and electronic health record use in their states. New Jersey plans to use $11.6 million in federal funding to launch a statewide health information exchange, while New York has allocated state funds to boost EHR use. Healthcare IT News, Albany Business Review‘s “Health Care Inc.”

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Poll: 58% of Health Care Organizations Disappointed in ICD-10 Delay

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:40

A recent poll by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions finds that 58% of respondents are disappointed with the one-year delay to the ICD-10 compliance deadline, while 22% say they are pleased with the delay. Meanwhile, accrediting agencies and health IT workforce training programs are feeling the effects of the delay. Health Data Management et al.

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National Park Service Taps E-Prescribing To Promote Health, Wellness

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:25

A National Park Service initiative, called “Park Prescription,” uses an electronic prescribing system to promote exercise and wellness through the use of neighborhood parks. Since its launch in July 2013, 27 health care providers have integrated Park Rx into their electronic health record systems and 500 park e-prescriptions have been made. Clinical Innovation & Technology, “Health IT Buzz.”

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