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$3M Grant Will Aid EHR Data Management, Chronic Pain Research

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An Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) researcher has received $3 million in grants to develop health information technology for chronic pain patients and better processes for EHR data management and patient health information...

Interoperability Focus is Critical as Meaningful Use Drags On

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LAS VEGAS - Healthcare is an industry made for challenges. From solving the most complex clinical cases and providing immediate care for critical patients to changing lives and curing rare diseases by pushing the boundaries of science, providers...

National Patient Identifier May Cut “Silly Waste” in Healthcare

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LAS VEGAS – The healthcare industry may be eagerly awaiting the eventual demise of the EHR Incentive Programs, but providers will be disappointed if they think that the end of meaningful use is the end of their health IT troubles. ...

Patient Safety, Engagement Relies on Crafting a Culture of Change

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Whether it’s the first time or the fiftieth, an inpatient admission can be an extremely frightening event for a patient. Unwell and anxious, surrounded by unfamiliar people and places, subject to invasive and uncomfortable procedures,...

Big Data Analytics, Value-Based Care Hot Topics for HIMSS16

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As the healthcare industry prepares to gather in sunny Las Vegas for the HIMSS16, they will be bringing plenty of questions, opinions, and experiences about some of the most pressing topics facing their organizations.  From big data analytics...

Senate Committee Moves Interoperability, Health IT Bill to Vote

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The Senate HELP Committee is pushing forward with its efforts to advance interoperability across the healthcare system by unanimously voting to move the “Improving Health Information Technology Act” to the Senate floor. The bill focuses...

ONC: Don’t Let HIPAA Errors Hinder Population Health Management

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Healthcare providers should not let HIPAA misunderstandings prevent the appropriate sharing and use of patient information for population health management and care coordination, the Office of the National Coordinator reminds stakeholders in...

EHRs Contribute to Patient Safety Risks, Communication Errors

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Electronic health records may not be the only reason why patient safety is put at risk by poor communication and human errors, but they are certainly contributing to the problem, according to a report by CRICO Strategies.  The latest patient...

CMS to Update to MSSP Accountable Care Organization Benchmarks

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CMS is continuing to make much-needed tweaks to its healthcare reform programs, using a new proposed rule to tackle benchmarking issues with its Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organization framework. While the number...

Can Senate Health Data Interoperability Proposals Improve HIE?

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Health data interoperability owes a significant debt to the Senate Health Committee, which has been instrumental in goading the industry towards improved health information exchange over the past year or so. Through a series of high-profile public...

WEDI Appoints Charles Stellar as Interim President and CEO

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After the abrupt departure of Devin Jopp, EdD, from WEDI’s top post last week, the health information exchange and data governance organization has announced the appointment of Charles W. Stellar to fill the void. Stellar, who most recently...

HL7, ONC Seek Entries for C-CDA Data Visualization Challenge

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Standard protocols that allow health information exchange EHR interoperability are all very well and good, but they do little to truly aid clinical care if the resulting data is unreadable to human providers.  While the Consolidated Clinical...

CMS Gets “Deadly Serious” About Interoperability as MU Fades

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At the JP Morgan Annual Health Care Conference this week, Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt offered the healthcare industry something very rare: a straightforward, plain-talking look into its immediate regulatory future. After years of back-and-forth...

Devin Jopp Resigns as President and CEO of WEDI

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WEDI President and CEO, Devin Jopp, EdD, has tendered his resignation after four years leading the national health IT organization. WEDI has been a significant voice for the improvement of health information exchange, health data interoperability,...

Half of HIM Pros Face Patient Matching, Data Integrity Issues

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More than half of health information management professionals routinely face problems related to patient matching, record duplication, and other data integrity shortfalls, reveals a new survey by AHIMA.  Nearly three-quarters of those HIM...

Do Aging Physicians Present Care Quality, Patient Safety Risks?

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It’s a subject that few physicians want to face during the later stages of their careers.  At what point does a clinician become too old to effective deliver high quality care with a minimum risk to patient safety? As fewer young medical...

CMS Seeks Input on Clinical Quality Measures, 2015 CEHRT

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CMS is starting off the new year in listening mode with a request for public comment on several key health IT initiatives, including clinical quality measures (CQMs) and the testing and certification processes involved in readying EHR modules...

ONC Releases Final 2016 Health Data Interoperability Advisory

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The Office of the National Coordinator has published its final version of the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA), a document that is intended to help healthcare organizations gauge the maturity, adoption, and usefulness of health...

CMS Details MACRA, MIPS Accountable Care Quality Metrics

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CMS is bringing the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) one step closer to its 2019 implementation date by providing the industry with a timeline for the development of quality metrics and other measures that will gauge provider performance...

Stakeholders Plead for Flexibility in Stage 3 Meaningful Use

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CMS may be getting more flak than it bargained for when it opened up the final Stage 3 meaningful use regulations for public comment.  Dozens of irate physicians and a slew of professional societies have eagerly voiced their opinions about...

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