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Great Hopes for 2012 Begins With a Look Back at The 10 Most Popular Posts From 2011

Great Hopes for 2012 Begins With a Look Back at The 10 Most Popular Posts From 2011 | #HITsm | Scoop.it

The transition of the calendar year always brings out countless Top 10 lists. That makes perfect sense, really, because after investing time and effort into any effort, it’s good to look back to see what people liked and what was successful to help steer where we go in the future.

 

This post links to the 10 HL7 Standards blog posts were the most read in 2011.

 

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Mobile tech popular, but governance gaps remain, says HIMSS

Mobile tech popular, but governance gaps remain, says HIMSS | #HITsm | Scoop.it

The 1st Annual HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey, released on Monday, finds that almost all respondents have accessed clinical information through a mobile device. But just 38 percent of them report having a policy in place that regulates the devices' use.

 

The 12-page report, released on the first day of the mHealth Summit, points to widespread mHealth use in healthcare settings, but also indicates that upper-level management is having problems keeping up with the technology. According to the survey, about half of the respondents said their organization is developing a mobile technology policy, while close to two-thirds plan to have a policy in place in the next six months.

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The HIT Standards Committee seeks comment on HIE standards

The HIT Standards Committee, a federal advisory panel, reminds stakeholders that public comment is being solicited through Dec. 15 on specifications to support health information exchange across the nationwide health information network. 

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The Promise of Electronic Healthcare Records

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Last week, Don Berwick completed his 17 month tenure as administrator of Medicare and Medicaid. The nation should be grateful that such a visionary was at the helm. The nation should frustrated that he was never confirmed.

 

In his parting interview with the press, he noted that 20-30% of health spending is “waste” that yields no benefit to patients.

 

Berwick listed five reasons for the enormous waste in health spending:
*Patients are overtreated
*There is not enough coordination of care
*US health care is burdened with an excessively complex administrative system
*The enormous burden of rules
*Fraud

 

Certainly regulatory reform is needed, but electronic health records can go far to addressing each of these issues.

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HHS extends Stage 2 Meaningful Use deadline to 2014

HHS extends Stage 2 Meaningful Use deadline to 2014 | #HITsm | Scoop.it

HHS has extended until 2014 the compliance date for Stage 2 meaningful use for those hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals that qualify as Stage 1 meaningful users in 2011.


Under the current rules for the Medicare portion of the electronic health-record system incentive program created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, hospitals, doctors and other eligible professionals who qualified for incentive payments as Stage 1 meaningful users in 2011—the program's first year—would have to meet new and expectedly more stringent Stage 2 standards in 2013.


But according to HHS' statement, if those providers had delayed participation until 2012, "they could wait to meet these new (Stage 2) standards until 2014 and still be eligible for the same incentive payment."

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Corepoint Health Start Newsletter for the Health IT crew

Are ACOs just HMOs 2.0? Want to know more about IHEs?

 

Corepoint Health's START newsletter has some great information for the Health IT crowd.

 

Know of any other good sources of Health IT info?

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At RSNA, radiologists explore role in HIE initiatives

At RSNA, radiologists explore role in HIE initiatives | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Radiologists might sometimes wonder if they’re operating in a health care vacuum. As federal initiatives and health IT lead to greater integration of the care delivery system, and health information exchange (HIE) initiatives means more providers are communicating, though, that sense will change.

 

The efforts to create more efficient data exchange and improve communication among radiologists and other providers are not just about compliance, say those physicians who have been at the forefront of these HIE initiatives for RSNA. Quality improvement is about connecting radiology with patient care -- something that can, at times, be lost.

 

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The Human Readability of CDA Documents

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The primary characteristic of a CDA document is that it must be readable by humans. This blog post describes how to successfully populate the CDA Narrative Block, including Directly Authoring and Derivation from Coded Entries... along with pros and cons of each.

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TheGr8Chalupa's comment, December 6, 2011 12:08 PM
Very neat article with a simple way of explaining CDA. Chad, I appreciate the effort you and your team put into "dumbing down" these complex ideas. They are certainly worth sharing with the larger health IT community!
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Get Your Free Health IT Social Media Primer | HL7 Standards Newsletter

Get Your Free Health IT Social Media Primer | HL7 Standards Newsletter | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Sign up for the HL7 Standards newsletter and you'll get a free copy of the Health IT Social Media Primer.

 

The primer is a great way to encourage Health IT coworkers to get engaged online, which we all know is a great way to stay on top of what's going on in the Health IT industry.

 

The Newsletter is delivered once a month and email addresses are not used for any other purpose.

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