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Medical scribes are a growing trend in the age of EHRs. Angela Dunn interviews Dr. Luis Saldaña, CMIO of Texas Health Resources, about scribes.
A HIMSS analytics report outlines how noninteroperable health data can stop providers from meeting meaningful use stage 2 criteria.
Author Brian Ahier provides a recap of the recent ONC Annual Meeting in Washington DC, including challenges that will need to be addressed in 2014.
Lloyd McKenzie, one of the three "FHIR men" (architects of the FHIR standard) speaks to the reasons as to why software developers should use the FHIR standard for…
2013 was a good year for health IT and has laid the foundation for 2014 to be the biggest year ever for this industry. Author Brian Ahier provides his predictions for what is shaping up to be an exciting year.
At the 2014 CES, I saw this "flurry" in person, dozens of health activity trackers along with a growing number of medically-oriented devices to measure heart rate, blood glucose, lung function, and other more clinical metrics beyond steps and...
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Below find my ever-growing annotated collection of online responses to the FDA's recent shot across the bow of 23andMe, the consumer genetics company. Until today, I was adding these links to the b...
While it is required for certified EHR software to support the Direct Project for transfer of care scenarios, there are also other areas where it can be applied for Meaningful Use Stage 2. Read more on corepointhealth.com/geni.
Unlike politicians, pundits, and the public, the leaders of America’s leading hospitals and health systems are optimistic about reform (Figure 1). Fully 65 percent indicated that by 2020, they believe the healthcare system as a whole will be somewhat or significantly better than it is today. And when they were asked about their own institutions, the optimism was even more dramatic. Fully 93 percent predicted that the quality of care provided by their own health system would improve. This is probably related to efforts to diminish hospital acquired conditions, medication errors, and unnecessary re-admissions, as encouraged by financial penalties in the ACA.
The real market will win - finally
On December 6, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an extension of the timeline forMeaningful Use Stage 3. Stage 3, which was initially targeted to begin in 2016, will now begin in 2017. This gives vendors and providers an additional year to get ready for the Stage 3 criteria.
"I believe that health information exchange will have the biggest impact on improving healthcare and population health for decades to come," asserts Lewis W.
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Much progress made in exchanging patient data and the State of Health Information Exchange shows it. Getting to the next level of HIE, 4 imperatives need to be embraced.
The HL7 FHIR standard has been approved (on 2014-01-20) as a DSTU (a draft standard for trial use). This completes a 2,5 year effort to create an entirely new HL7…
"FHIR is a new open web API for healthcare data exchange. It's especially suited for cloud and mobile applications." says Ewout Kramer, one of the 3 prinicipal architects…
The 5th FHIR connectathon was held in San Antonio on January 18/19, 2014. This video provides some impressions from the connectathon, it contains statements by the…
I’ve always been told that health IT is 5-10 years behind other industries. That point is hard to argue and we could fill the web with opinions on why this is the case: privacy, security, data standards, data complexity, and the existence of closed/walled healthcare systems are the common culprits.
Thanks to the electronic cattle prod that is Meaningful Use, times are changing.
An IT area currently undergoing tremendous growth is data communication methods, or data transport protocols. Previously, few health IT departments dabbled with the communication methods that were commonplace throughout therest of the IT landscape until the concept of external health information exchange was included in the HITECH Act.
Who tells patients which data to capture and when and how to record it? If patients record their health data, does this increase their responsibility?
These questions, and more, will arise as we enter Meaningful Use Stage 3, which contains a provision allowing just that -- the ability of the patient to input their data into their medical record. Let's discuss.
Author Leonard Kish begins dissecting the 23andMe vs FDA situation, which was one of the top healthcare stories in 2013.
Was it just a bad biz plan? Or is there more to the story behind this "community?"
The detailed metric information allows users to be proactive, rather than react after negative situations occur.
In the wake of the Happitique mess, we warn developers to focus on quality, real security, and carefully evaluate the legitimacy of any certification.