Browsing articles tagged with " Electronic Health Records"
Oct
28
2011

Future of Healthcare IT

When healthcare leaders use long-term care (LTC) facilities and health information technology in the same sentence, they’re coming from one of two points-of-view. Either the facilities are behind the curve with digital adoption or the institutions are the last sector of the market for vendors to conquer. Regardless of the perspective, the reality is the same: long-term care facilities have not implemented healthcare information technology (HIT) strategies and solutions with the same vigor as other [...]

Oct
26
2011

Strategies to implement healthcare data analytic.

blog directory Since the advent of the Internet, people have been able to access a significant amount of information with the click of a computer mouse. As technology becomes more ingrained in healthcare delivery, providers are facing the quandary of how to glean useful information from the enormous amount of data available through electronic health records, computerized provider order entry and other databases. Steve Nitenson, RN, BSN, MS, MBA, PhD, adjunct professor at Golden Gate [...]

Oct
18
2011

Basic premises behind the Affordable Care Act

Two basic premises behind the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law last year by President Obama, were the high costs of healthcare and the sizable number of Americans lacking health insurance. A seemingly even more basic premise is that advances in biomedical research and development will only drive healthcare costs up, for example, biotechnology-derived drug regimens costing over $100,000 per year. With notable exceptions, that has been true in the past, will tend [...]

Oct
14
2011

Delving into the healthcare vertical is not a rapid, cut-and-dried process

Influenced by heightened competition in tried-and-true verticals like retail and a push from industry experts who promote it as a hotbed of opportunity, increasing numbers of VARs are considering venturing into the healthcare vertical. There’s much to be said for such a move: A recent report by RNCOS (www.rncos.com), a global market research and information analysis firm, indicates that the U.S. health IT market will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 24 [...]

Oct
7
2011

Hospitals need to do a better job of electronically gathering data on patients after discharge

Home healthcare agencies and hospitals exchange very little clinical data online, according to a new report on home healthcare IT from KLAS, a research firm based in Orem, Utah. And that misstep can be quite expensive. Because of new Medicare rules penalizing them for readmissions, hospitals are increasingly interested in breaking down the walls that separate them from post-acute-care providers, including home healthcare agencies. Other new government initiatives, including payment bundling and accountable care organizations, [...]

Oct
4
2011

Health Information Exchange Importance and Economic Value

There is no question that providers recognize the importance of HIE, and realize in combination with electronic health records that it will transform the practice of medicine,” wrote Larry Boland, director of healthcare solutions for Syracuse, N.Y.-based Systems Made Simple in a recent opinion piece for Healthcare IT News.   He ran down a laundry list of the benefits promised from a plethora of HIE initiatives currently under way – “linking providers to one another [...]

Oct
3
2011

The way health information management and electronic health records are described in textbooks does not exactly play out in real world scenarios

By Nathan Gibbon community.advanceweb.com(Source) I attended an excellent Health Information Management program at the University of Pittsburgh.  I was taught well, and I enjoyed my time there.  In my classes we learned about the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR), and how they have and will revolutionize the healthcare industry.  I learned how the electronic systems will provide ongoing documentation of patient information that doctors will be able to access from all [...]

Sep
30
2011

What’s needed to participate in an Accountable Care Organization

More than a third of healthcare providers plan to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ ACO Shared Savings Program, according to a recent KLAS survey of 197 providers. This despite their concerns that the advanced technology needed threatens to take money and IT skills away from Meaningful Use, ICD-10, and other IT projects. The report, entitled Accountable Care: Providers Forge the ACO Trail, also found that while the federal government has yet [...]

Sep
28
2011

eHealth Secure Share:efficient way to view correspondence and download patient records

eHealth Global Technologies introduces eHealth Access Record Retrieval’s newest enhancement, eHealth SecureShare. A new, even faster, more efficient way to view correspondence and download patient records securely. eHealth SecureShare allows authorized users to digitally view the complete history of communication related to their patient record retrieval request(s) and visibility as to whom and when the records were downloaded. All requested information is securely delivered in one organized patient-centric “package,” eliminating the opportunity for requests to [...]

Sep
27
2011

Why are medical records so vulnerable

EHR Security

Many would say that controlling costs is the toughest challenge facing the U.S. health-care industry. But safeguarding patient information in a digital world isn’t proving to be much easier. Consider this: In the two years since the Department of Health and Human Services mandated public disclosure of any exposure of data involving 500 or more patients, breaches affecting more than 10 million individuals have been reported. And most people think that’s just the tip of [...]

Sep
26
2011

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has recognized clinical informatics as a medical subspecialty

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has recognized clinical informatics as a medical subspecialty, an ABMS spokesperson told FierceHealthIT. The long-awaited elevation of clinical informatics to an official branch of medicine signals the coming of age of the field, which has become increasingly important as hospitals and physicians adopt electronic health records. The American Board of Preventive Medicine and the American Board of Pathology requested that ABMS make clinical informatics a subspecialty, and the ABPM [...]

Sep
22
2011

Health IT Staffing and Training for Hospitals

While unemployment continues to saturate the nation’s working classes, there has been one field within healthcare where the demand has been higher than the supply: health information technology. According to a survey by IT management firm Computer Economics, 61 percent of healthcare organizations are increasing IT staff this year, the highest rate of any sector among the organizations surveyed. Additionally, healthcare providers have grown their IT operational budgets by 3.1 percent since last year, according [...]

Sep
20
2011

mHealth and Health IT two industries travelling on similar paths

The healthcare IT (EHR and interoperability modules) and mobile health (or mHealth) industries are traveling on similar paths.  They are both technologies in evolution that are sorely needed.  EHRs have been mandated by health reform legislation.  MHealth is still seen as an interesting curiosity by most.  Therein lies the difference.  Both will ultimately be here for the duration and dare I say, change healthcare the way it is delivered for a very long time. EHRs [...]

Sep
20
2011

Dell will use the latest cloud technology platform to host NextGen applications

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems Inc., a provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity, is partnering with Dell to cloud-based solutions to a wide range of healthcare providers and medical practices, community hospitals and physicians. Dell will market, sell and support a range of NextGen solutions via its’ electronic health records (EHR) SaaS portal.  Dell already provides EHR applications to more than 35,000 physicians, according to Jamie Coffin, vice president and general manager of Dell Healthcare [...]

Sep
19
2011

HIMSS Nation Wide Patient Identity Solution

HIMSS has asked Congress to support the development of a “nationwide patient identity solution” to promote interoperability and reduce errors related to mismatches between health data and patients. The association of health IT professionals also requested that Congress continue to support the adoption of health IT and not cut off funding for the government’s electronic health record incentive program. While there has been no overt effort to repeal the HITECH Act, which authorized up to [...]

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