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, [...]
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 [...]
Liaison Technologies, a global provider of cloud-based integration and data management services and solutions, announced today that it is joining with other U.S. companies in celebrating National Health Information Technology (NHIT) Week, September 12-16, which marks the important role health information technology plays in improving healthcare delivery in America. This year’s theme is “One Voice, One Vision: Transforming Health and Care.” Liaison’s cloud-based data integration and management services help healthcare providers and health information exchanges [...]
Opportunities for healthcare entrepreneurs to gather together, swap shop talk, and — especially — talk to innovators in the field who have succeeded in building great startup businesses — are few and far between. But on October 27, 2011, the National eHealth Innovation Series is going to get healthcare entrepreneurs together at an inaugural event — the New England Summit, near Boston. The Summit will be held at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods, part [...]
An Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is the digital version of paper-based medical record. It is owned by a single healthcare provider organization such as a hospital or physician and contains detailed information of the care provided at every encounter of the provider. EMR contains the data captured or transcribed in the electronic format from several other adjunctive departments such as laboratory, pharmacy, or radiology. In addition to this, modern EMR may contain digitized images of paper [...]
A new federally mandated medical coding system designed to better track diagnoses and treatments is requiring a massive overhaul of healthcare IT systems that some say will be nearly impossible to complete on time. Medical providers and insurance payers must move from the current ICD-9 coding system to ICD-10 by Oct. 1, 2013. “A large percentage of hospitals are in the heavy analysis stage, or they’re just starting,” said Casey Corcoran, a vice president at [...]
Three areas of focus that can make the vast world of EHR data easier to grasp for hospitals and healthcare providers.
As hospitals and physician practices continue to progress to electronic health record systems, challenges have been created by the sheer volume and quality of raw data that goes into EHRs. Advanced software and interoperability are helping to balance different aspects of electronic data, such as claims, coverage, delivery, patient history and treatments, but the large-scale availability of the information is still being analyzed. With all of those different aspects of electronic healthcare, a hospital or [...]
If you’ve been following the US government’s efforts to modernize the nation’s healthcare information technology infrastructure, you might have noticed that current trends promise to create a flood of new opportunities for high-tech companies. Last week a study from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) seemed to confirm the point. The study noted that the booming healthcare market is expected to account for nearly one-fifth of US GDP by 2019. Further, PwC researchers found that consumers are willing [...]
A new federally mandated medical coding system designed to better track diagnoses and treatments is affecting dozens of core applications for healthcare providers and insurance payers, and is requiring a massive overhaul of IT systems that some say is nearly impossible to complete on time. Medical providers and insurance payers are required to move from the current ICD-9 coding system to ICD-10 by Oct. 1, 2013. While two years away, the effort has already been [...]
Bulky patient charts holding countless pieces of information and handwritten physicians orders are becoming a thing of the past. Taking their place is the electronic medical record, which can transport patient information in real time with the click of a button. What are electronic medical records? An electronic medical record, or what we call an EMR, stores your health history and medical information in an electronic, instead of a paper, format. Using a highly secure [...]
Health care providers frozen out of federal funds allocated for digital conversion of medical record(US Healthcare Reforms)
Health care providers frozen out of federal funds allocated for digital conversion of medical records are fighting to improve their position within President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. New money for health information technology was budgeted by the Health Information Technology for Economic & Clinical Health Act to the tune of $50 billion. The measure allots funds to Medicare and Medicaid to distribute to providers who use electronic medical records to improve their practices. As [...]
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