News about Healthcare IT Solutions & Services Industry

EHRs Help Cut Medicaid Costs, study says.

Posted by Aparna Prasad on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 @ 09:40 AM

Washington state program could be model for the nation.

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More-complex care, not fraud, behind higher ER billing, doc argues

Posted by Aparna Prasad on Thu, Jan 03, 2013 @ 04:36 PM

Fraud isn't at the root of a spike in providers' billing for emergency services, a new opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine asserts. 

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"Protecting" Psychiatric Medical Records Puts Patients at Risk of Hospitalization

Posted by Aparna Prasad on Tue, Jan 01, 2013 @ 11:13 PM

Concern for "stigma" of psychiatric illness keeps information from primary care doctors

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Tags: Psychiatry EMR Software

Meaningful use drives physician EHR boom

Posted by Aparna Prasad on Mon, Dec 24, 2012 @ 10:46 AM

When the medical practice of Howard Axe, MD, found itself in need of a new electronic prescribing system two years ago, implementing a full electronic health record system with an e-prescribing component was never seriously considered.

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Tags: Medicare Incentives, EHR Incentives, Meaningful use

10 physician practice trends to watch in 2013

Posted by Aparna Prasad on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 @ 10:03 AM

To borrow the words of Lou Goodman, president of the nonprofit Physicians Foundation, "2013 will be a watershed year for the U.S. healthcare system." For physician practices, the upcoming New Year will be a pivotal one, in many cases, making the difference between folding and thriving in a post-health-reform world.

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EHR algorithm can ID, classify diabetes.

Posted by Aparna Prasad on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 @ 11:16 AM

Algorithms applied to electronic health record data can identify more cases of undetected diabetes in patients than claims codes, and discriminates between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, according to a study published recently in Diabetes Care.

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Feds Take Critical Look At Meaningful Use Payments

Posted by Aparna Prasad on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 @ 01:43 PM

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a wide-ranging review of government incentive payments to physicians and hospitals for the Meaningful Use of electronic health records. In addition, OIG is looking at whether providers have used EHRs to facilitate "upcoding" of Medicare charges.

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EMR Cuts Rx Errors for HIV Hospital Patients

Posted by Aparna Prasad on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 @ 02:13 PM

SAN DIEGO – Use of electronic medical records technology reduced medication errors among hospitalized HIV patients from 16% to 1.1%, a 93% reduction (P=0.002), researchers said here.

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3 Big Trends For the EHR Cloud

Posted by Aparna Prasad on Mon, Oct 08, 2012 @ 09:59 AM

A recent MarketsandMarkets report forecasts cloud computing in healthcare to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20.5 percent from 2012 to 2017. Although cloud computing offers significant advantages to healthcare organizations and other stakeholders, security of patient information, interoperability and compliance with government regulations are some of the factors that are slowing down the market, according to the report.

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Tags: EHR Software, Web based EHR Software

Sharing EHR notes benefits patients and doctors

Posted by Alok Prasad on Wed, Oct 03, 2012 @ 02:49 PM

Providing patients with access to their physician's notes benefits those patients and does not add to a doctor's workload, according to a new study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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