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Setting Clinical IT Priorities

Setting Clinical IT Priorities

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Guest author, John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, a full Professor at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing Emergency Physician.  In my previous writing, I’ve suggested that the federal […]

June 29, 2015 | By More
Latest Provider Updates from CMS

Latest Provider Updates from CMS

CMS Weekly Check-up The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the Federal agency under the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) which administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The CMS EHR Incentive programs are currently open programs for eligible professionals and hospitals to receive incentive payment for participation. Checking in on CMS will be a regular weekly post to keep up with communication coming from CMS on information about these and other related programs. Reforms to Medicare regulations identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively […]

June 28, 2015 | By More
Incorporating More Social and Behavioral Data Into an EHR

Incorporating More Social and Behavioral Data Into an EHR

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner. You all have seen the stats about how our social and behavioral data is a much bigger predictor of our health and wellness than the 15 minutes of data that’s collected during a doctors visit. When people talk about the out of control costs of US healthcare, they often point to these stats and talk about how we have to focus on factors outside of our current healthcare system […]

June 22, 2015 | By More
Informatics is Important When Information Is Important

Informatics is Important When Information Is Important

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Guest author, William Hersh, MD, Professor and Chair, OHSU. Many of us in the informatics field, myself included, sometimes believe that the value proposition of informatics is so intuitively obvious that we do not need to explain it to the rest of the world. API-based interoperability? Secondary use of clinical data? Standardized terminology? […]

June 15, 2015 | By More
Are we Chasing the Carrot or Afraid of the Stick?

Are we Chasing the Carrot or Afraid of the Stick?

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner. The other day SGC asked in my hospital EHR adoption chart post: “If there were no penalties for non-EHR adoption, what would that chart look like?” For those that are too lazy to click over to that post to see the chart, it basically shows hospital EHR adoption being massively accelerated thanks to the government EHR incentive program. In fact, we’re approaching full adoption of EHR in the hospital space […]

June 1, 2015 | By More
The Attorney’s Role in Handling Breaches and Security Incident Response

The Attorney’s Role in Handling Breaches and Security Incident Response

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Guest author, Lee Kim, Director of Privacy and Security, HIMSS. Data breaches are happening with increasing frequency. There may even be breaches that have occurred, which you may not have heard about. Many companies rely on their attorneys to help them make the decision on whether or not to report a breach. Indeed, some […]

May 26, 2015 | By More
The Next Major Healthcare Product – Care Management System

The Next Major Healthcare Product – Care Management System

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner. While meeting with a lot of people at HIMSS I started to think about what would be the next “must have” IT system that a healthcare organization would look at purchasing. When you look back at the history of IT purchases in healthcare, the Practice Management System (PMS or PM depending on your preference) was one of the first systems that most practices purchased. It was an easy buy […]

May 11, 2015 | By More
Everything Old is New Again – EHR Adoption

Everything Old is New Again – EHR Adoption

Can a new Senate committee to address EHR concerns actually achieve its goals? In January of 2015, a group of medical associations submitted a multipoint letter of concern regarding EHR adoption to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Karen DeSalvo, MD. The letter raised concerns about EHR efficacy, security and interoperability, emphasizing a recommendation to separate the meaningful use program from EHR certification. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) included expansive financial commitment for the widespread adoption of electronic health records while subsequent […]

May 3, 2015 | By More
Engage Patients through Medication Education

Engage Patients through Medication Education

By Joy Rios, Health IT Consultant at Ask Joy Health IT Consulting Twitter: @askjoyrios Patient engagement was one of the main buzzwords at HIMSS this year. It’s the kind of topic that can ignite a passionate game of tug-of-war. Some folks define patient engagement to patients accessing their health records or securely messaging their doctors. Others consider patient engagement as medication adherence, a reduction in readmissions, or even the use of mobile health apps. From a patient’s perspective, a common place to “engage” is at the pharmacy, when they receive drug directions that […]

April 26, 2015 | By More