HIE and Patient Information

EHR adoption spurs data exchange August 06, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
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.
Patients motivated to put portals to use August 05, 2013 | Zack McCartney - Contributing Writer
Patients motivated to put portals to use
Stage 2 of the government's meaningful use program requires that at least 5 percent of patients view, download and transmit their health information, and send a secure electronic message to their provider. Physicians may be underestimating patients' desire for online engagement.
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.
How would you answer these public health reporting questions? August 02, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
public health reporting
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted new entries on its FAQ system related to public health measure reporting requirements under the EHR Incentive Programs. Test your knowledge before clicking through to view the full answers.
Medical community benefits from broadband build-out July 31, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Medical community benefits from broadband build-out
In greater Chattanooga, Tenn., where fiber-optic broadband is available through a public-private partnership, 10 radiology practices exchange medical images among 14 hospitals and clinics.
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.
Enhance usability, practice value with highly configurable EMRs July 29, 2013 | Mike Jenkins, MBA, PMP - CEO of BuildYourEMR
Enhance usability, practice value with highly configurable EMRs
To ensure high EMR usability, physicians must first fully assess their needs and practice workflow. The next step is to identify EMRs that meet, or can be configured to meet, current processes by enabling folders, forms and workflows to be electronically reproduced.
Lab and clinical terminology groups align July 24, 2013 | Diana Manos
The Regenstrief Institute and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation announced July 24 they have signed a long-term agreement to begin cooperative work linking their global healthcare terminologies. The cooperative work will connect the clinical semantics of SNOMED CT to LOINC codes, which provide extensive coverage of laboratory tests and some types of clinical measurements.

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