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Vital Signs
Consumer access to online health data spotty, usage low
By Darius Tahir | September 15, 2014
Only about 1 of every 4 consumers has online access to their medical records with less than half of that group using such access, according to a report released Monday by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
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Magazine
ONC scraps proposed 2015 Edition EHR testing criteria
By Joseph Conn | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has thrown out its proposal to create nonbinding testing and certification criteria to prepare electronic health-record vendors for coming EHR requirements.
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Magazine
Epic hires lobbyist to repair interoperability image
By Darius Tahir | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Electronic health-record giant Epic Systems Corp. has hired Washington lobbying firm Card & Associates to counter a negative perception in Congress that its EHR systems are not interoperable with other vendors' technology.
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News
Epic retains lobbyist to improve image on Capitol Hill
By Darius Tahir | September 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Electronic health-record giant Epic Systems Corp. has hired a lobbying firm for the first time to counter a perception on Capitol Hill that its EHR systems aren't interoperable with other vendors' technology.
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News
ONC scraps proposed 2015 Edition EHR testing criteria
By Joseph Conn | September 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has abandoned its proposal to create nonbinding testing and certification criteria intended to prepare EHR vendors for coming requirements for electronic health-record systems.
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Information
Outages hamper EHR systems at California hospitals
By San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News | September 09, 2014
John Muir Health experienced intermittent outages of its electronic health-record systems Monday at both its Walnut Creek and Concord, Calif., campuses, hospital officials confirmed. No patients were turned away and it had no impact on hospital admissions or discharges, but the situation led to the...
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News
OIG audit finds Louisiana miscalculated Medicaid EHR payments
By Joseph Conn | September 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Louisiana's Medicaid electronic health-record incentive payment program for hospitals made incorrect payments to 20 of 25 hospitals reviewed in the first year of the program. The state underpaid some but overpaid more than twice as many, owing the federal government about $1.8 million, according to...
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Information
Doctors say electronic records waste time
By U.S. News & World Report | September 09, 2014
Doctors complain that they waste an average of 48 minutes a day, or four hours a week, when they record their patients’ health information into digital records, a new study shows.
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Magazine
Healthcare employment grew 0.2% in August, and other briefs
By Modern Healthcare | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare added 34,000 workers in August to bring total healthcare employment to 14.78 million workers, the government reported.
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Information
Why patient portals remain healthcare's enigma
By CIO.com | September 04, 2014
Healthcare's ongoing effort to fix patient engagement has been stymied by a widespread inability to improve patient portal adoption. In an era when consumers can do just about anything online, healthcare IT leaders are often at a loss to explain why so few patients–and...
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