Healthcare Groups Increase Privacy & Security Budgets But Still Fall Short
The majority of healthcare organizations across the U.S. have increased their privacy and security budgets according to a new HIMSS survey released Wednesday. Officials say, however, many of the groups’ allocated budgets still fall short.
NCHS Report Finds Physician Use Of EHR’s Up 24 Percent
A new report issued by the National Center on Health Statistics (NCHS) found that in 2012, 72 percent of office-based physicians used electronic health records, up from 48 percent in 2009. That represents an increase of 24 percent.
EHR use ranged from 54 percent in New Jersey to 89 percent in Massachusetts, the NCHS study found.
RSNA Receives Contract To Expand Image Share Network
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has received a contract from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) to help expand the NIBIB -funded pilot project that created the RSNA Image Share network. The contract provides two years of support at $5.3 million and two additional option years at $5.5 million.
RSNA President – Imaging To Take A Greater Role in Health IT
Imaging is on the cusp of taking a greater role in health IT and development of new payment and care delivery models with new applications and its use as a diagnostic tool earlier in the patient care process.
Optimizing Patient Flow Is A Key Prioritiy For Hospitals
Optimizing patient flow throughout various healthcare settings continues to be a critical objective for hospitals, with nearly a third of industry officials planning to invest in patient flow solutions.
3 Important Health IT Priorities For Natural Disaster Preparedness
Responding to disasters is something every healthcare institution needs to be ready for. From hurricanes to snowstorms to wildfires, having a plan in place and technology to back it up is critical to an effective response.
A new report from the Office of Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) might not entirely spill the meaningful use apple cart, but it certainly isn’t going to make things any easier. The Nov. 29 report is calling for random audits of doctors and hospitals prior to payout, to ensure they have qualified. It is also calling for EHR certification changes to allow for reporting of yes/no measures.
CMS EHR Incentive Program Payments Top $9 Billion Through November 2012
Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive payments are estimated to have reached $9.245 billion to 177,100 physicians and hospitals through November since the program’s inception and are anticipated to reach $10 billion by the end of the year.
CMS Announces To States – Partial Medicaid Expansion Won’t Qualify For Full Funding
Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and other CMS officials announced on Monday that states which embark on a partial expansion of their Medicaid systems would not qualify for the full 100 percent funding under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion provision.