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Surveys Find Physicians Have Mixed Opinions on EHRs

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:06

A Deloitte survey finds that 75% of doctors say electronic health records do not save time or reduce costs but that 70% say the tools offer useful analytics. Meanwhile, a separate survey from the Physicians Foundation finds that 32% of doctors say EHRs improve patient care but that nearly half believe EHRs detract from patient-provider interaction. MedPage Today‘s “The Gupta Guide” et al.

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RECs Surpass Goal of Helping Providers Attest to Stage 1 MU

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:56

Federal officials have announced that regional extension centers helped more than 100,000 eligible providers attest to Stage 1 of the meaningful use program, surpassing goals. Officials also note that RECs have helped more than 5,000 providers with advanced care delivery and more than 200 providers with efforts to become patient-centered medical homes. Health Data Management et al.

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Google Glass Helps Surgeons Monitor Patients’ Vitals, Study Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:46

A pilot study finds that surgical residents who used Google Glass to monitor patients’ vital signs during simulated surgery were able to more quickly identify and address patient complications than surgeons who did not. Most residents participating in the study said the Google Glass technology was helpful and improved patient safety. MobiHealthNews, Stanford study.

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Study: Health Care Industry Cautious When Adopting New Tech

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:59

A new study conducted by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services finds that the health care industry takes a cautious approach to technology adoption, compared with other industries. However, the study concludes that early technology adopters are more likely to experience revenue growth and market position. InformationWeek et al.

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Lawmaker, FCC Commissioner Highlight Promise of Health IT

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:58

During the fourth annual Consumer Health IT Summit this week, Rep. Michael Burgess and Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Mignon Clyburn discussed how electronic health record adoption and advances in broadband connectivity can boost health care. Clinical Innovations & Technology, FierceHealthIT.

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Duke, Stanford To Test Apple’s HealthKit; Privacy Concerns Raised

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:59

Duke University School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine will soon launch pilot programs to test Apple’s HealthKit in clinical settings. Duke’s pilot test will focus on monitoring vital signs of patients with cancer and heart disease, while Stanford doctors will test blood glucose monitoring for patients with diabetes. Reuters et al.

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House Bill Would Reduce 2015 Meaningful Use Reporting Period

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:44

Yesterday afternoon, Reps. Renee Ellmers and James Matheson introduced the Flexibility in Health IT Reporting Act, which would require HHS to offer a 90-day reporting period in 2015 for stages 1 and 2 of the meaningful use program, rather than the year-long reporting period mandated in a recent HHS final rule. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.

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Study: Discussing Patient Portals During Office Visits Can Boost Use

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:29

A recent study led by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers finds that individuals are more likely to use online patient portals if they are encouraged to do so during a visit to their primary care physician. In addition, the study finds that individuals ages 60 to 69 are most likely to use the technology. Health Data Management, Annals of Family Medicine.

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AMA Unveils Framework Outlining Priorities To Improve EHR Usability

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:26

In a framework released yesterday, the American Medical Association outlines several priorities for improving electronic health record usability. Among the recommended priorities are promoting care coordination and facilitating digital and mobile patient engagement. Modern Healthcare et al.

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HealthCare.gov’s Security Flaws Put Consumer Data at Risk, GAO Says

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:38

A report from the Government Accountability Office finds that HealthCare.gov has persistent security flaws that are putting consumers’ personal data at risk. The report provides recommendations for improving the site’s security, and CMS says it will work with GAO to address the issues. AP/Modern Healthcare et al.

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Health Care Groups Stump for More Meaningful Use Flexibility

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:02

Sixteen health care groups — including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the American Hospital Association and American Medical Association — are urging HHS to grant providers additional flexibility in fiscal year 2015 to meet requirements for Stage 2 of the meaningful use program. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.

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Report: Apply Google Principles to Mental Health App Development

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:47

A recent report recommends that policymakers employ Google’s 10 guiding principles when evaluating mobile mental health technology. In the report, researchers cite specific examples of how the principles relate to current mobile health applications. FierceMobileHealthcare et al.

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Mobile Health Developers Push for More Clarity on HIPAA Regs

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:02

A group of mobile health application developers have sent a letter to Rep. Tom Marino pushing for more clarity around HIPAA regulations for mobile apps. The group says the lack of developer-friendly HIPAA resources has made it difficult to compete with large vendors. MobiHealthNews et al.

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Report: EHRs Contribute to Physicians’ Job Dissatisfaction

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:02

A report by the American Medical Association and the RAND Corporation finds that the current state of electronic health record systems significantly reduces physicians’ job satisfaction because of a lack of interoperability and time-consuming data entry, among other things. EHR Intelligence, AMA/RAND report.

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House Democrat Seeks Hearing To Examine CHS’ Data Breach

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:01

Rep. Elijah Cummings has sent a letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Darrell Issa requesting a hearing to investigate the recent data breach at Community Health Systems. Cummings argues that such an investigation could be helpful as lawmakers look at HealthCare.gov’s potential security vulnerabilities. FierceHealthIT et al.

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HIMSS Urges Review of Full-Year Meaningful Use Reporting Rule

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 13:13

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is urging HHS to change a recently announced rule that requires a full year of reporting for the meaningful use program in 2015, warning that the requirement could cause providers to leave the program. Health Data Management, EHR Intelligence.

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Ebola Outbreak, CMS’ Efforts Boosting Infection-Control Tech Use

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:44

A Black Book survey finds that the recent Ebola outbreak and CMS’ crackdown on health care-associated infections will make infection-control technology a “must have” in 2015. Meanwhile, an executive from 3M Health Information Systems argues that the Ebola outbreak demonstrates how transitioning to ICD-10 could improve public health leaders’ response to global pandemics. FierceHealthIT, Health Data Management.

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Study: Telemedicine Improves Chronic Disease Management

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:43

A study recently published in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health finds that telemedicine reduced readmissions, length of hospital stays and mortality for patients with certain chronic diseases. However, the study notes that a uniform approach to telemedicine is unlikely to be effective. FierceHealthIT, Telemedicine and e-Health study.

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Health-Related Data Mining Growing; Lawmakers Consider Action

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:16

Data mining firms are tapping consumers’ online activity to collect health-related information and then are selling those data to companies for marketing or development purposes. A Senate bill introduced earlier this year would increase transparency about data mining practices and make it easier for consumers to opt out. Bloomberg.

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