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Oct
12
2011

Best practices for hospitals implementing HIEs

Online Marketing Health information exchanges are important for meeting meaningful use standards, improving the coordination of care and potentially lowering costs. In fact, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology listed achieving adoption and information exchange through the meaningful use of health IT as one of its top goals in the Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan: 2011-2015. Glenn Keet, president of Axolotl, part of OptumInsight, shares seven best practices for hospitals [...]

Sep
21
2011

Information Technology and the Bleeding Edge of Healthcare

Healthcare Reforms have dramatically raised the stakes for the use of information technology in healthcare. Hospitals and providers are investing billions of dollars to implement electronic health records that will help deliver higher quality, safer and more efficient care, meet a variety of regulatory requirements, and position them for success under Healthcare Reform. In addition to investing heavily in the foundational elements of healthcare IT, UCSF is blazing new trails as it integrates leading-edge technologies [...]

Sep
14
2011

Vital Benefits of Electronic Health Records and Health IT

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, proposed new rules that would expand the rights of patients to access their health information through the use of health information technology. Specifically, the new rules would empower patients by allowing them to gain access to test results directly from labs. They would ensure that labs covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) provide such information, upon request, [...]

May
14
2011

Healthcare Quality Reporting

No one ever said that data gathering for healthcare quality reporting would be easy. Fact is, it’s usually time-consuming and tedious. Almost as much fun as cleaning out your file cabinet. Vendors can supply a variety of tools and services to ease the pain, but until practices switch to electronic medical records, the work involves lots of paper cuts. Still, it’s a necessary part of a medical practice. For instance, in accountable care organizations, which [...]

Dec
27
2010

Health & Technology

Coming in grip with technology to provide better healthcare is a passion and to see it working and making processes easy and time saving.