ECRI Publishes Top 10 C-Suite Hospital Technology Issues Watch List For 2013
Healthcare reform, accountable care organizations, readmissions and reimbursement rates are just a few of the challenges facing today’s healthcare leaders, according to a new report from ECRI Institute, a non-profit evidence-based practice center.
CIO’s Say Security Personnel Shortage Is Increasing Threat of PHI Data Breaches
The sixth Global Information Security Workforce Study, conducted by (ISC)² shows that a shortage of information security professionals is having an adverse impact on healthcare and other industries, even as vulnerabilities such as mobile devices and social media are on the rise.
The use of health IT could not only help to improve the quality of care, but also eliminate disparities in care among communities of color, according to a new report released today at a White House Summit hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of Minority Health and ZeroDivide.
Tracking Medicaid beneficiaries who frequently use emergency departments and adopting electronic tracking systems to exchange patient information is among one of the ways states can cut Medicaid costs, according to a new report by the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA).
A new report, supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, demonstrates that processing prescriptions through computerized physician order entry can cut drug errors in half, and could avoid more than 17 million adverse incidents annually.
The AHRQ Outlines Redesign For Pediatric EHR Systems
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has officially outlined a redesign for pediatric electronic health record (EHR) systems, calling on vendors to improve functionality and customization features, officials announced Thursday.
AHA Recommends Changes To Stage 2 MU CQMs Reporting
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has recommended changes to an interim Stage 2 final rule, with a focus on easing clinical quality measure reporting for certain hospitals, officials announced last week.
The Office of the National Coordinator’s Health IT Standards Committee is urging ONC leaders to lean towards menu options and certification for use cases on Stage 3 meaningful use rather than core requirements, and to especially keep in mind that standards for a variety of clinical procedures are still evolving.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS is acknowledging that some snags on its end are creating a bottleneck in its program to ensure that electronic health record systems used by hospitals, office-based physicians and other professionals are able to help them meet Stage 2 meaningful-use criteria.
The business value for providers and patients is what will drive health information exchange forward, even though most discussions typically center on the technology involved. And different uses for exchange will require different technologies.
The ONC Details Plan To Engage Patients On E-Health
As a new generation of seniors enters Medicare and millions of lower-income Americans gain Medicaid or private insurance for the first time in 2014, federal officials at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT are trying to help align the patient engagement movement with consumer e-health.
The ONC Releases National Health IT Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan
Acknowledging that new health information technologies can create patient-safety risks, HHS’ health IT office invited healthcare providers, vendors and the public to comment on its recently issued national Health Information Technology Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan.
CMS To Rollout New Records System For Long Term Hospital Care
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will develop a new records system that will facilitate quality reporting for long term hospital care, according to Federal Register notice posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.