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Study: Telemonitoring Device Implants Improve Patient Outcomes

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:21

A new study finds that patients with implantable heart rhythm devices that automatically send vital cardiac readings to a telemonitoring center experienced improved outcomes. However, the researchers and other experts say more studies are needed to prove such tools are effective. MedPage Today, Lancet study.

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Community Health System Reports Breach of 4.5M Patients’ Data

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:13

Today, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems announced that a group of hackers – likely located in China — “used highly sophisticated malware and technology” to access the personal data of 4.5 million patients. The incident is the second largest HIPAA breach and the largest hacking-related HIPAA data breach ever reported. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Providers Could Lose Billions in Meaningful Use Pay, Analysis Says

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:41

A new Modern Healthcare analysis of CMS meaningful use program attestation data finds that eligible professionals and hospitals who have successfully met Stage 1 program criteria are struggling to meet Stage 2 criteria. The data show that eligible professionals could be at risk of losing $1.15 billion in Stage 2 incentive payments in 2014. Modern Healthcare.

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CMS Will Withhold Some Records From Physician Payment Website

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:20

CMS has announced that it will withhold until June 2015 about one-third of records from its Open Payments System when it launches next month because the information contained inconsistencies. CMS did not give an exact number of records that would be withheld, but the number could be in the millions. ProPublica, The Hill.

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Majority of Federally Funded Health Centers Had EHRs in 2013

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:48

Data from the Health Resources and Services Administration finds that 87.8% of federally funded health centers in 2013 had electronic health record systems that were available to all providers at all sites. CDC is now working to include patients’ work histories into the EHRs. EHR Intelligence et al.

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Maryland’s HIE Facilitates Data-Centric Projects To Improve Care

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:52

Maryland’s health information exchange — called the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients, or CRISP — is being used to facilitate several cost-cutting reforms and initiatives that help the state save money while improving patient health. For example, health officials use CRISP to respond to local health issues more quickly and effectively. Business Insider.

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40% of Patients Unaware of Online Patient Portals, Survey Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:27

A new TechnologyAdvice survey finds that about 40% of patients do not know whether their physicians offer patient portals for online communication and scheduling, indicating that many physicians do not properly discuss the availability of Web-based tools with patients. MobiHealthNews et al.

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GAO: CMS Database Not Stopping Duplicate Payment Audits

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:19

A Government Accountability Office report finds that CMS is not doing enough to ensure Medicare payment audits are not duplicated. According to the report, a database used to track audit activity does not provide sufficient and correct data needed to curb duplicative audits. Health Data Management et al.

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Physician Open Payment Website Back Online, CMS Says

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:29

CMS says that its physician payment website is back online for physicians and teaching hospitals to review and correct payment data before the database goes live this fall. However, the American Medical Association is urging CMS to delay the public launch of the website, arguing that the agency has yet to address some major issues associated with the database. Wall Street Journal‘s “Pharmalot” et al.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of August 15, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:03

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has selected Stockell Healthcare’s revenue cycle management system. Phreesia has integrated its workflow tools into Allscripts’ electronic health record and practice management systems.

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Most Health Care Organizations Do Not Use Telehealth, Study Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:57

A new report finds that less than half of hospitals and physician practices use telehealth technologies for remote care services. Of the organizations that are using telehealth, two-way video technology was the most popular tool used, according to the report. Healthcare IT News et al.

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Advanced EHRs Help Hospitals Reduce Mortality Rates, Study Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:18

A new HIMSS Analytics report finds that advanced electronic health record systems can help hospitals better predict and reduce mortality rates. An expert says the study indicates that hospitals should focus on “optimizing” their EHR systems. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.

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Intel, Foundation Turn to Wearables for Parkinson’s Research

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:02

Intel and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research have announced a partnership to equip individuals with Parkinson’s disease with smart watches to track and analyze their symptoms in an effort to improve research on the disease. Researchers will collect and analyze the data using a cloud-based big data analytics platform created by Intel. BBC News et al.

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Survey: ACOs Continue To Face Obstacles With Health IT Adoption

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:32

The preliminary findings of a new eHealth Initiative survey show that although 86% of ACOs reported using electronic health records, 100% of respondents said access to data from external organizations is a significant obstacle. Further, 90% of respondents said that interoperability and workflow integration were significant challenges. Health Data Management et al.

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Reports: Medication, Workforce Management Markets To Grow

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:24

A new MarketsandMarkets report projects that the global market for medication management systems will grow from its current value of $845 million to more than $1.6 billion by 2019. Meanwhile, a separate report estimates that the global workforce management system market will increase from $761 million in 2014 to $1.4 billion by 2019. FierceHealthIT et al.

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Groups Weigh In on Boosting Health Data Access, Protecting Privacy

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:56

In separate letters to lawmakers, the American Hospital Association, the Behavioral Health Information Technology Coalition and the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association detail recommendations on ways to increase access to health data, while ensuring patient privacy. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Apple Looking To Partner With EHR Vendors, Hospitals on HealthKit

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:50

Apple reportedly is in talks with several hospitals and electronic health record provider Allscripts to test ways hospitals could use its recently released cloud-based health information platform called HealthKit. Apple previously announced partnerships with EHR provider Epic Systems and Mayo Clinic. Reuters.

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Despite Federal Investments in Health IT, Data Exchange Lags

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:41

A new Health Affairs policy brief notes that although the federal government has spent more than $26 billion over the last five years to boost electronic health record adoption and improve interoperability, the health care industry continues to struggle with health information exchange. Health Data Management, Health Affairs policy brief.

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Deloitte Report Predicts Boom in E-Visits Worldwide This Year

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:32

A recent Deloitte report predicts that about 100 million electronic provider visits will occur throughout the world in 2014. According to the report, the U.S. and Canada will have the greatest use of telehealth, with 75 million of this year’s 600 million physician visits involving remote services. Computerworld et al.

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AHIMA, CHIME Launch New Health IT-Related Groups

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:19

The American Health Information Management Association has created an international group to develop standardized workforce curricula for health IT professionals. Meanwhile, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has established a new association to represent health IT security workers. FierceHealthIT et al.

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