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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Results mixed in coverage expansion test June 04, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Mixed results in coverage expansion experiment
Health researchers found that extending coverage to low-income, childless adults in Wisconsin corresponded with a decrease in preventable hospitalizations -- but also increases in outpatient and emergency department visits.
Physicians likely to use mobile EHR apps June 04, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
Physicians highly likely to use mobile EHR apps
A new survey by research firm Black Book Rankings reveals that a modest 8 percent of office-based physicians use either a mobile device for electronic prescribing, accessing records, ordering tests or viewing results. However, 83 percent indicated they would immediately utilize mobile EHR functionalities to update patient charts, check labs and order medications if available to them via their EHR.
Consumers check online to assess docs June 03, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Consumers consider online reviews when assessing doctors
Other patients' comments are becoming increasingly important to consumers looking for a doctor, according to research from Vitals, a website that compiles doctor reviews and quality information from public sources. Results of the Vitals report, released May 29, show that 51 percent of people now use consumer ratings sites as a source of information.
HHS seeks feedback on HIPAA audits June 03, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
HHS seeks feedback on HIPAA audits
The Department of Health & Human Services, through its Office for Civil Rights, will be surveying healthcare entities audited last year through the HIPAA Audit Program to better gauge the efficacy of the audits, in addition to the entities' perspectives regarding the process.
Initiative aims to ease app development May 31, 2013 | Eric Wicklund - Senior Editor
Ten organizations with considerable interest in the digital health landscape have joined forces to collaborate on a platform that would make it easier for app developers – and, eventually, healthcare providers – to launch programs using different apps. The goal, organizers say, is to knock down the technological barriers that hinder broad adoption of mHealth.
4 roadblocks to EHR implementation May 31, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
If you were a healthcare provider and all you did was read press releases, you'd be tempted to think that transitioning to a new EHR involved little more than opening the package and plugging in the contents.
Federal orgs query industry on HIT May 31, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
The ONC, FDA and Federal Communications Commission are seeking broad input from the healthcare and information technology industries on how the federal government should regulate health IT and mobile health technology in particular.
Using an EHR to align with PCMH measures May 30, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Using an EHR to align with PCMH measures
While the effective utilization of EHRs is only one piece of patient-centered medical home designation, some providers have found that taking advantage of their new EHR also puts them on track with NCQA's PCMH program. Here's the experience of MedPeds, a clinic based in Weatherford, Texas.

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HIPAA questions answered on CMS site April 08, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
HIPAA questions thinker
Following the process established for the EHR Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servcies (CMS) announced on April 8 that frequently asked questions (FAQs) and corresponding answers regarding HIPAA Administrative Simplification are now available on the CMS website.
Selecting EHR Incentive menu objectives April 05, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on April 4 issued guidance to eligible professionals on how they should select menu objectives for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs. CMS' instructions include information for 2014 and Stage 2 meaningful use requirements.
Payment data available via look-up tool April 03, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
If you're looking for payment information from the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, a tool on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website can help you with your search. You can retrieve payment amounts, relative value units, payment policy indicators and geographic practice cost indexes for a single procedure code, a range of procedure codes or a list of procedure codes.
4 must-do's when designing your website April 03, 2013 | Xavier E. Martinez
Because of advancements in programming, almost anybody can design an appealing and functional website to attract new customers, or in your case, patients. Here are four essential tips for creating a successful medical website design.
5 reasons to get going with data analytics April 03, 2013 | Benjamin Harris - New Media Producer
Brett Furst, CEO of Arbormetrix, says there is nothing to fear - and that analysis of clinical data has much to offer the medical world. Here, he shares his top five requirements to succeed with, or at least get excited about, the power of clinical analytics.
mHaaS is SaaS for healthcare April 02, 2013 | John Sung Kim - CEO of DoctorBase.com
mHealth-as-a-Service is a way to get many medical practices to "go mobile" safely and without tremendous expense.
Health IT ready to assist ACOs in 5 areas March 29, 2013 | Benjamin Harris - New Media Producer
Leveraging health IT to streamline and improve communications among parties in an accountable care organization will not only make it easier for all involved, but could be a crucial element to staying afloat and delivering the best possible levels of care. Steve Bethke, vice president of product management at Lumeris, an ACO that helps EHR vendors and insurance companies develop solutions for their industry, cited five areas in which health IT will help ACOs keep pace with new and emerging demands.
CMS adds new entries to EHR FAQs March 28, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The agency responsible for overseeing the EHR Incentive Programs has added new information to its FAQ database. Read on to view the new and updated FAQs. Click through on the provided links to view the answers.

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EHRs and improper billing: Should we worry? February 19, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
Concerns are emerging that the adoption of electronic health records is leading to inappropriate increases in billings to payers, including Medicare, and that these higher billings could undermine or even overwhelm any cost savings generated by the digitization of providers. The concerns are legitimate but overall I’m not worried about this phenomenon.
If one looks at communications revolving around healthcare these days, the term "patient engagement" is invariably found as one of the cornerstones of the conversation.
Top documentation challenges in the ICD-10 transition February 15, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
There are plenty of diagnoses that can be better documented. Here are five diagnoses that give documentation specialists the most problems.
What's in a name? February 13, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Is an EHR primarily a storage mechanism? On one level, obviously. But, ideally, it will be accessible to so many people over the course of a lifetime that it will be a storage mechanism with the mother of all open-door policies.
Ethics or innovation: Which comes first? February 08, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Was enough study conducted on the potential benefits and risks prior to the decision, in the form of the HITECH Act, to push, pull and cajole healthcare providers across the digital frontier?
Who will save the independent physicians? February 06, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
If small practices can show they're doing a great job, then I’m confident that in the long run they’ll be able to not just survive but to thrive as consumers increasingly take their business to those who can show they are the best, regardless of setting.
The 5 pitfalls of designing a medical app February 05, 2013 | David Lee Scher, MD
As someone who does not design apps, I offer a perspective that covers topics raised by different stakeholders concerning medical app development.
Informaticists offer EHR safety recommendations February 01, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
The American Medical Informatics Association recently issued recommendations concerning the usability of electronic health record systems.

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As health care providers set up accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other value-based care programs, pharmaceuticals offer one avenue to help minimize overall costs and meet recognized standards for quality patient care.
Blue Chip Patient Recruitment (BCPR), a division of Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide, has released a white paper to announce the results of its 2012 mobile healthcare technology survey.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc, the world leader in serving science, today highlighted its comprehensive range of specialty diagnostics products at the annual conference of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
ADP AdvancedMD, a leader in all-in-one, cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management (PM), and medical scheduling software as well as medical billing services, today announced the successful deployment of its 2012 summer release, which introduces the company’s user-friendly Apple iPad app, additional ICD-10 tools, and best practices workflow for pediatric practices.  
Aprima Medical Software today unveiled Aprima Mobile, a mobile app that allows physicians to access key functions and patient data in their Aprima Electronic Health Record (EHR) using their iPhone or Android mobile device.
MacPractice, the leading Apple developer of practice management and clinical software for doctors' offices on Macs, iPhones and iPads, today announced the launch of MacPractice MD, DDS, DC and 20/20 Clipboard iPad Apps that will streamline patient registration and leverage the efficiency and ease of use of Apple's innovative iPad to save time and reduce the risk of data entry errors.
Dr. Carl Smith, M.D., F.A.A.P. (Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics) is the personification of yesteryear's country doctor, but with a modern twist. Since forming his primary care center 18 years ago, Dr. Smith has always leveraged the most cutting edge practice management technologies in support of the pediatric services he provides to patients in this southeastern Kentucky city of approximately 2,000 bordering Tennessee and Virginia. With about 70 percent his patients Medicaid-eligible, Dr Smith nearly 10 years ago first adopted MedInformatix Inc.'s Practice Management (PM) solution to accelerate billing and improve scheduling efficiencies. He soon added the vendor's Electronic Medical Records (EMR) module toward providing the same level of patient care seen in practices 10 to 20 times his center's size.
Connectria Hosting, a global managed hosting provider, has announced that EHR Pathway, a Health Information Technology and Consulting company, has chosen Connectria to host and manage its BizMed Toolbox software.

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