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CMS Unveils Interoperability, EHR Clinical Documentation Changes

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CMS has released proposed rules for Medicare that would make good on its promises to promote interoperability, reduce administrative burdens for physicians, and expand patient data access capabilities. The proposals, teased over the past...

EHR Natural Language Processing Errors Bring Patient Safety Concerns

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Speech recognition software that leverages natural language processing (NLP) to create clinical documentation has become increasingly popular among EHR users, but the potential for errors that lead to patient safety issues may be a matter...

CMS: Data Analytics will Strengthen Medicaid Program Integrity

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New CMS initiatives will utilize advanced data analytics tools, quality data, and increased transparency to strengthen Medicaid program integrity and ensure the sustainability of the program for all beneficiaries. In recent years,...

CMS Begins the Search for a Chief Health Informatics Officer

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is looking to add a Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) to its health IT leadership roster, according to a job posting on USAJOBS.gov. The position is brand new, and reflects the...

CMS Data Element Library Promotes Health Information Exchange

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CMS has announced the availability of the Data Element Library (DEL), a database that will promote health information exchange, increase communication among healthcare facilities, and enhance care coordination. The DEL is a free,...

FDA: Drug Development Transparency Key for Precision Medicine

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New guidance from the FDA urges drug development stakeholders to be transparent with their data as a way to maintain high quality and foster patient-centered precision medicine.   Innovative, personalized treatments are being...

Provider Data Management Offers Payers a Blockchain Use Case

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Moving provider directories onto a blockchain could offer payers a high-value use case for exploring the role of distributed ledgers in healthcare data management, assert Humana and Ernst & Young (EY) in a new white...

93% of Clinical Trial Participants Comfortable with Data Sharing

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Ninety-three percent of clinical trial participants reported that they would be comfortable with data sharing, allowing universities and other non-profit organizations to access their information and accelerate discoveries, according to a...

CMS Efforts to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Conditions Save $2.9B

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a report showing that CMS-led patient safety initiatives have reduced hospital-acquired conditions, helping to prevent an estimated 8,000 deaths and saving $2.9 billion in...

Nurses Play a Critical Role in EHR Optimization, Data Governance

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Most healthcare organizations have now celebrated at least a handful of anniversaries with their electronic health records, and are now coming to the realization that implementation was only the start of a long and often difficult...

EHR Satisfaction Rises, Usability Complaints Drop for Nurses

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Electronic health record (EHR) satisfaction and acceptance among nurses has improved significantly, with ninety-six percent reporting that they would not want to go back to using paper records, according to a recent Black Book...

Verma: CMS Will “Use Every Lever” for Promoting Interoperability, Data Access

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is doubling down on its commitment to health data interoperability and ensuring that patients have comprehensive access to their own health data, said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in an...

CMS Renames Meaningful Use to Highlight Interoperability Goals

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CMS has announced a rebrand of the familiar EHR Incentive Programs, commonly known as meaningful use, to reflect its ongoing commitment to interoperability, patient data access, and system-wide health information exchange. According to a...

Patient Matching Issues Stem from Poor Data Standardization

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Poor data standardization can result in incomplete and inaccurate data collection, patient matching issues, and slower organizational workflows, according to a study published in AHIMA’s Perspectives in Health Information...

Patient Matching Issues Increase Costs, Threaten Patient Safety

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Patient matching issues that result in duplicate records and repeated medical care cost an average of $1950 per patient per inpatient stay and over $800 per ED visit, according to a Black Book survey of 1392 health technology...

Data Analytics, Agile Implementation Speed Healthcare Quality Improvement

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The healthcare industry has been through numerous trials in recent years, from the financial and technical alterations brought by the Affordable Care Act and the HITECH Act to the rise of consumerism and the advent of the digital...

CMS Announces Patient-Centered Data Sharing Initiative

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LAS VEGAS - CMS Administrator Seema Verma has announced a new initiative to ensure that patients remain at the center of the healthcare system as providers and payers continue to transition to value-based care.   The MyHealthEData...

Big Data Analytics, Governance Align CHI’s 100+ Hospitals

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No matter what their scope or scale, healthcare organizations continue to struggle with developing the data analytics and governance competencies to gain much-needed visibility into their opportunities to improve. Organizations big and...

Data Governance, Transparency Required for Patient-Centered Care

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In order to deliver high-value patient-centered care, healthcare stakeholders need to establish policies to improve data governance, data transparency, and access to key information within health IT systems, according to a white paper from...

PCORI Works to Expand Patient-Centered Research, Data Sharing

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) made significant strides in delivering patient-centered research to healthcare providers and patients in the past year, but the organization hopes to further expand its efforts in...

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