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Practice Makes Perfect: Embrace the new era of online patient technologies

Practice Makes Perfect: Embrace the new era of online patient technologies

By Derek Kosiorek  |  May 13, 2015

It's no secret that technology is changing how medical practices work. EHRs have already altered workflows, from the waiting room through discharge. But technology is also changing how patients interact with the practice, even influencing patients' decisions on which providers to use.

Time to clean up our data act

Time to clean up our data act

By Bruce Johnson  |  April 29, 2015

The ability to analyze massive amounts of data for improved outcomes, both financial and clinical, has a limitation: inaccurate data. Bad data, or dirty data as it is often called, are the Achilles' heel of actionable information. Unfortunately, in healthcare, there's too much of it.

Healthcare should emulate banks on IT interoperability

Healthcare should emulate banks on IT interoperability

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

Bruce Smith, senior vice president of information systems and chief information officer at Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care, discusses the challenges of having multiple EHR systems in his organization, Advocate's readiness for the conversion to ICD-10 coding, and his views on federal...

Video: ONC head Dr. Karen DeSalvo on setting health data free

Video: ONC head Dr. Karen DeSalvo on setting health data free

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 15, 2015

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the head of HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, says it's time to take the data created by the sweeping adoption of electronic health records and set it free. Her office is under pressure to make that happen.

Epic, other EHR vendors agree to waive record-sharing fees

By Joseph Conn  |  April 15, 2015

After years of saddling their customers and outside firms with substantial fees for interfaces and other costs for interoperability, vendors of electronic health-record systems are now engaged in what looks like an interoperability price war.

Health IT chief DeSalvo urges more patients to seek access to electronic records

By Joseph Conn  |  April 15, 2015

ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo stopped short of denouncing a recently released CMS proposed rule that patient-engagement advocates say is a step backward for their cause. Instead, she hopes a “call to action” by Dr. Farzad Mostashari seeking to force the CMS to walk back the proposed rule...

An unwarranted role for physician specialty boards

An unwarranted role for physician specialty boards

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 11, 2015

The Medicare SGR replacement bill that most likely will pass Congress this week makes sweeping changes to Medicare's programs for rewarding or penalizing physicians on quality, cost and their adoption of EHRs. It also gives medical specialty boards an unwarranted role in how those rewards or...

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