Harvard Study Finds EHR Adoption Reduces Malpractice Claims
A study by Harvard Medical School researchers, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that Massachusetts physicians who used electronic health records saw a reduction in malpractice claims.
EHR Adoption and Usability – The Critical Five Elements Every Physician Should Consider
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported 100,000 physicians and hospitals had registered for the Medicare or Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive program.
Facts To Consider When Enrolling In A CMS EHR Incentive Program
More than ever before, eligible providers are exploring which EHR incentive program is best to enroll in to receive their EHR incentive payments. The choices are either the Medicare or Medicaid EHR incentive program. For many eligible providers, both are an option, and it’s imperative for them to understand the ins-and-outs of each incentive program in order to make the best informed decision.
As the movement to digitize the U.S. health care system continues to build strong momentum, it is imperative that physician practices and medical organizations include data security as part of their health IT strategy.
FCC Broadband Vote Ushers In A New Era For Telemedicine
IAt a meeting held on May 24, 2012, The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) voted to allow the healthcare industry to use protected broadband space to develop and deploy mobile body area networks (MBANs).
FDA Proposes Unique Device Identifier For Medical Devices
In an effort to improve adverse events reporting, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed that most medical devices distributed in the United States carry a unique device identifier (UDI).
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has added 89 more accountable care organizations (ACOs) or groups of physicians and other providers working together to coordinate care and improve quality for Medicare patients in 40 states and Washington, D.C.
CMS Issues Proposed Rule On Policy And Payment Changes For Outpatient Care
On Friday, July 6,2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would update many payment policies and rates involving services for Medicare beneficiaries in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) beginning on Jan. 1. 2013.
ONC Publishes Guide To Privacy and Security Of Health Information
ONC’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO) has published a “Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information,” which aims to help physicians, nurses and IT staff better understand how the safety of patient data is essential to meaningful useof electronic health records and mobile devices.
The following Q&A took place on Thursday, July 19th between Richard Pizzi, Editorial Director at MedTech Media, and Dr. Farzad Mostashari, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, at the Healthcare Unbound conference in San Francisco. During their time together, they discussed the importance of healthcare IT, patient data security, and the progress of developing a reformed care delivery system.
ONC Launches What’s in Your Health Record? Video Challenge
Officials at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have announced the initiation of their “What’s in Your Health Record??” video challenge, a project aimed at spurring patient involvement with their personal health record data.