EHR adoption spurs data exchange
A new study authored by National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, MD, and ONC researchers indicates that six in 10 hospitals actively exchanged electronic health information with providers and hospitals outside their organization in 2012. MORE

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6 drivers of health plan fraud and waste June 11, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Study uncovers 6 drivers of health plan fraud and waste
Healthcare fraud is not limited to the Medicare and Medicaid population, according to newly released research from Truven Health Analytics, which looked at insurance claims data for 11.6 million commercially insured individuals and their dependents at 150 large employers over a period of one year.
Q&A with Doximity CEO Jeff Tangney June 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Jeff Tangney
Doximity, a medical network based in San Mateo, Calif., has generated a flurry of activity over the past few months, including release of a new iPad app and a collaboration with U.S. News & World Report to publish a free online directory of more than 700,000 practicing U.S. physicians. CEO Jeff Tangney shared details of these developments -- and others -- in an interview with PhysBizTech.
EU economy breaks ground via mHealth June 10, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
EU economic landscape expected to break new ground via mHealth
New research by GSMA concludes that mHealth could save almost €100 billion in healthcare costs in the EU by 2017 as well as add €93 billion in GDP.
Agencies look to revamp quality measures June 07, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Agencies look to revamp quality measure systems
The goal is to move beyond traditional measurements established by federal health programs -- often established by statute -- which have tended to be too setting-specific, according to leaders from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Successful provider MU attestations approaching 200,000
The latest statistics from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services show 395,000 eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals in "active registration" in the federal meaningful use program. Through April, 194,080 EPs had successfully attested.
EHR systems in flux at physician practices June 06, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
EHR systems in flux at physician practices
More than a third of physician practices plan to purchase, replace or upgrade ambulatory EHR systems, according to HIMSS Analytics' newest Ambulatory Electronic Health Record & Practice Management Study. Meanwhile, nearly half of physician groups say they'll join a health information exchange.
'Best' collaboration aims to rank docs June 05, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
The melding of publishing/ratings giant U.S. News & World Report with physician networking interface Doximity is being hailed as a collaboration fit for 170,000 (and counting) physicians and the patient-consumer market — in far more ways than just accessibility.
EHR usability issues still confront docs June 04, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
EHR usability issues still confront physicians
As of early 2012, only 9.8 percent of the physicians surveyed were meeting meaningful use standards, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Among doctors meeting the standards, using computerized systems for management tasks were difficult, according to researchers.

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3 tips for getting your PHR to stick April 25, 2013 | Stephen Snyder - President of MTBC
3 tips for getting your PHR to stick
Although patients want online access to their records and the features that come with PHRs, getting patients to actually adopt the technology and use it in a meaningful way takes upfront planning. The good news is that it is possible. Here are three tips for your practice to consider when implementing a PHR to increase its "stickiness" with patients.
Getting ready for emerging care models April 25, 2013 | Andrew Pashman - Director of Business Development, VitalHealth Software
Getting ready for emerging care models
There are a number of things physician practices can be doing right now to prepare to participate in value-based care delivery models. Preparation falls into three areas: people, processes and technology. This article will focus on the foundational technology layer or "table stakes" necessary to participate in these new delivery models.
How an EHR helps with practice efficiency April 23, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
How an EHR helps with practice efficiency
At East Lake Pediatrics in Trinity, Fla., the practice's electronic health record streamlines operations in a number of areas. From providing fast access to patient charts to preventing duplication and unnecessary visits, here's how the practice's EHR keeps patients and staff happy.
What to do after a security breach April 23, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
What to do after a security breach
Implementing practices to avoid a medical data breach greatly reduces the risk of encountering one. In the event that you do, however, you need to be prepared to take action that lessens the repercussions from patients, the public and, of course, HIPAA.
CMS and ONC to host session on coding April 22, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS and ONC to host session on billing and coding
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will hold a meeting May 3 to discuss the effect of EHRs on care quality and provider efficiency, as well as coding challenges facing clinicians and hospitals. The event is free and open to healthcare providers and HIT vendors.
A balanced approach to data security April 18, 2013 | Diana Manos
A balanced approach to data security psybiztech
Organizations need to weigh compliance and security concerns when assessing regulatory mandates such as HIPAA. Larry Hurtado, CEO of Digital Defense, a risk assessment firm in San Antonio, Texas, offers several tips on how to improve your security culture.
Physicians advised not to 'friend' patients April 12, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Physicians advised not to 'friend' patients
The American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards want doctors to "pause before posting" when it comes to their social media activities. A new policy paper from the two organizations advises physicians on how to protect patient interests - and themselves - while applying principles of professionalism to online settings. Read on for further recommendations from the paper.
Starting from scratch: Choosing an EMR April 09, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
Mike Jordan, MD
When Mike Jordan, MD, started his pediatric practice in 2004, it made no sense to work with paper records. With the help of a consultant, he carefully selected an EMR that has remained a practice constant to this day.

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The next time you're sitting across from a patient who needs a nudge when it comes to physical activity, consider scrolling through a few mobile apps together. Most are free or available at nominal cost. Chances are you'll find one or two that may help the patient get a sense of what's possible in working toward better health.
The health IT conundrum: To document or to doctor? March 05, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
What’s the purpose of health IT? It may seem a bit late to be asking that question, but given that the evolution of IT ongoing, it seems worth periodically revisiting the question in case, well, previous assumptions were wrong. After all, ideas about purpose lead pretty directly to the form a piece of equipment or, in this case, software ultimately takes.
Death of an evangelist March 01, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
I still look to use technology to make my care better; it just won’t include EMRs in the form they are now.
Doctor-patient teamwork not quite what it could be February 26, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
A new study finds that collaboration isn't happening to the extent it could be, and the reason may be that the technology isn't ready to do its part.
The ICD-10 Project aims to reduce costs and improve preparation of ICD-10 implementation for its members.
5 ways of achieving patient engagement: Part 2, with technology February 22, 2013 | David Lee Scher, MD
Technology that promotes patient engagement might be in the form of a health/medical app, a patient portal, information derived and transmitted via sensor or other type of digital health technology.
Overcoming barricades to PCMH education necessary, albeit complex February 21, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
The latest addition to healthcare’s Russian doll phenomenon — the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) — has been dubbed by many as the new face of primary care. But regarding its fillers and precursors, the PCMH has also been found lacking regarding educational support.
One way or another, patient portals continue to grow February 20, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Will the growth of patient portals happen in small, sideways steps rather than in a straight march forward?

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4medica has announced that its cloud-based Integrated Electronic Health Record (4medica iEHR®) will include medical speech recognition powered by Nuance Healthcare's 360 | Development Platform. Completely web-based, the combined solution will allow physicians to document care via voice anytime or anywhere they can connect to the Internet.
Panasonic, a provider of document imaging and scanner solutions, introduced the KV-S1046C document scanner, ideal for small and medium-size physician practice settings, including reception areas. The feature-rich device has a fast scanning speed of 45ppm*, and is capable of scanning documents of various sizes and thicknesses, helping reduce the number of devices needed to digitize data.
Health Language, Inc. (HLI), the global leader in healthcare terminology management, today announced that MDeverywhere, a provider of physician revenue cycle management services, has selected its Language Engine (LE) and provider friendly terminology (PFT). MDeverywhere will integrate the HLI software with its Web-based charge capture software to make it easier for clinicians to record diagnoses and problems, while supporting standardized terminologies such as SNOMED CT and ICD-10.
DocuTAP, a provider of electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) software, is going global this summer with an implementation of a custom EMR system for Sanford World Clinics in Ghana, Africa.
On the heels of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), leading medical news site for healthcare professionals MedPage Today releases the findings from a survey of physicians, Today's Physician: Managing Change. The survey uncovers insights into physicians' points of view and demonstrates their ever-increasing interactions and usage habits with digital technology.  Plus, it offers advice on how marketers can better engage this increasingly over-scheduled and difficult to reach audience.
Secretary of Public Welfare Gary D. Alexander today announced that the department's Medical Assistance Electronic Health Record Incentive Program helped more than 500,000 Medical Assistance recipients receive safer, more efficient care in its first year of operation.
Physicians Interactive (PI), the leading provider of online and mobile clinical resources and solutions for healthcare professionals (HCPs), announced today the availability of eCoupon, an automated voucher and coupon distribution solution for HCPs.
UBM Medica US's Physician's Practice 2012 Technology Survey, sponsored by AT&T, found that 72 percent of U.S. healthcare providers surveyed—are in some stage of EHR adoption.

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