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Hospitals should 'friend' Facebook; quality ratings could benefit

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 01, 2015

Hospitals may want to devote more attention to the power of social media, according to a recent study looking at the correlation between hospitals' Facebook ratings and how well they performed on 30-day readmission rates.

Preventing readmissions requires engaging care team, employing technology

Preventing readmissions requires engaging care team, employing technology

By Ruby Raley  |  March 30, 2015

When patients are discharged, they essentially become their own care coordinator—administering medication and scheduling follow-up visits. Providers can significantly improve patient engagement and outcomes by taking advantage of outside care partnerships to help coordinate care across...

Feds propose tougher look at whether EHRs work

Feds propose tougher look at whether EHRs work

By Darius Tahir  |  March 28, 2015

The federal health information technology coordinator's proposed certification rule signals that the agency wants to better ensure that electronic health-record systems perform as promised.

CMS proposes third stage for meaningful use

By Darius Tahir  |  March 21, 2015

Draft regulations the CMS issued last Friday would add a third and final stage to the federal incentive program that requires doctors and hospitals to adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records.

EHRs need to do better at graphing lab-test results

By Joseph Conn  |  March 20, 2015

Electronic health-record systems are doing a poor job graphing lab-test results, conclude the authors of an article published online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

EHNAC unveils practice-management certification criteria

By Joseph Conn  |  March 17, 2015

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission has released an approved, final version of its accreditation criteria for developers of practice-management systems and their software products, the not-for-profit accreditation and standards development organization has announced.

Blue Button protocol for easy EHR transfers fails to gain traction

By Joseph Conn  |  March 16, 2015

The federal push to adopt and use the Blue Button format for exchanging healthcare information between clinicians and patients is, at best, stalled, according to a recent survey by the not-for-profit Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.

Q&A | Epic CEO Faulkner tells why she wants to keep her company private

Q&A | Epic CEO Faulkner tells why she wants to keep her company private

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 14, 2015

Judy Faulkner is founder and CEO of Epic Systems Corp., which she launched in 1979 with a $70,000 bank loan secured against her house and the sweat equity of a few programming customers. Epic, based in Verona, Wis., is now one of the leading EHR vendors in the country.

App-based studies bring promise, peril

App-based studies bring promise, peril

By Sabriya Rice  |  March 14, 2015

Last week, Apple announced the release of ResearchKit, an open-source software framework that will allow physicians and scientists to collect and monitor medical data from patients using iPhones, but ethicists and patient-safety advocates already are warning about potential downsides.

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