EHR adoption
Electronic health record adoption has passed 50 percent in the United States; however, some states deserve more credit than others. This infographic by Health Biz Decoded breaks down which states have the highest EHR and e-prescribing rates, and which have some catching up to do.
Top 10 RECs: Converting providers to meaningful use July 31, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Regional Extension Centers
The Health IT Regional Extension Center Cooperative Agreement Program is government-funded to provide technical assistance for EHR implementation to 100,000 primary care providers through 62 sites located nationwide. This slideshow shows the 10 RECs that have achieved the highest percentage to goal of PCPs demonstrating meaningful use.
Practice Advisor tool offers MOC points July 29, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Practice Advisor tool offers modules for MOC points
The American College of Physicians' Medical Home Builder tool has been renamed ACP Practice Advisor to reflect a broader scope of use, the organization announced on July 26. It includes two modules that internists can use to achieve Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance points towards Maintenance of Certification.
Quality measures should be locally relevant, IOM says July 26, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Tasked with reviewing national public health quality efforts and the Healthy People 2020 strategy, the Institute of Medicine came to a conclusion shared by others: Partners in the health system use a complex array of measures of quality in a manner that seems uncoordinated.
ONC files health IT progress report July 23, 2013 | Tom Sullivan - Government Health IT
health IT progress report
"Federal investments in a wide array of programs and activities, including the meaningful use EHR Incentive Program, have impacted the health IT marketplace, allowing the healthcare system to improve health and healthcare," the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT said in the report posted July 19.
How big data will enable precise treatments July 22, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
big data will enable precise treatments
As Ted Driscoll, digital health director at venture capital firm Claremont Creek Ventures, sees it, the explosion of health data is a definite boon for personalized medicine. Here are 5 ways big data is facilitating the rise of personalized medicine.
Repository will help value IT investments July 16, 2013 | Diana Manos
HIMSS repository will help evaluate IT investments
The Health IT Value Suite classifies, quantifies and articulates the clinical, financial and business impact of health IT investments. It also offers examples that help stakeholders -- from providers to policymakers to payers to influencers -- analyze performance across numerous factors.
Mining data to gauge practice performance July 16, 2013 | Neal Peterson - Director of Client Development, Medical Management Professionals, Inc.
Mining data to gauge practice performance
Best practices have suggested that it is most effective to benchmark against other groups, but it is more important for a practice to benchmark against itself. Benchmarking current practice status against where it was last year will lend great insight into how the practice is faring from a business and operational standpoint.