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Vital Signs
AMA, MGMA ask for a more flexible meaningful-use rule
By Joseph Conn | July 22, 2014
The American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association have called on the CMS and HHS rule writers to add even more flexibility to the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program for Stage 2 and beyond.
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IBM-Apple partnership could have big health IT impact
By Darius Tahir | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
IBM's plan to partner with Apple could prove significant for healthcare, addressing issues of data security that have stood in the way of the expansion of mobile healthcare usage and development.
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Information
Hazards tied to electronic records rush
By Boston Globe | July 21, 2014
Theresa Robertson's bedside oxygen alarm sounded at 2:52 a.m., sending an urgent beep through the South Shore Hospital emergency room. The cause of Robertson's crisis, it would later be learned, was a precipitous drop in her blood glucose—severe hypoglycemia. The deadly turn was the result of...
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Athenahealth narrows loss in second quarter, sees growth ahead
By Darius Tahir | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Cloud-based EHR firm Athenahealth's second quarter was a strong rebound from a disappointing first, with a net loss of $2.2 million compared with a loss of $8.1 million in the first quarter.
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Vital Signs
AAFP's Center for Health IT to focus on improving EHR use
By Andis Robeznieks | July 17, 2014
The American Academy of Family Physicians will be shifting the focus of its Center for Health Information Technology from promoting IT adoption to refining the use of electronic health records. Roughly 80% of its almost 116,000 members now are using an EHR.
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Health IT use progressing in Massachusetts but difficulties remain
By Darius Tahir | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Roughly 80% of Massachusetts' healthcare facilities and clinician practices are using electronic health records, a report from the state's eHealth Institute finds, but many providers and types of services lag behind.
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Information
Lawmakers look to exempt Medicare labs from EHR requirement
By The Hill | July 16, 2014
House lawmakers are pressing the CMS to remove penalties on Medicare diagnostic labs that don’t use electronic health records.
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Reducing Readmissions – the C-suite Perspective
July 14, 2014
Addressing the challenge of reducing hospital readmissions using manual processes is not a viable long-term solution. With other IT mandates demanding time and attention, your readmissions initiatives may suffer. However, with the right health information technology (HIT) platform, you can sustain...
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Magazine
Preventing readmissions: Is there an app for that?
By Jaimy Lee | July 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
About 200 Medicare patients who live in Phoenix will receive sensors for their inhalers this year that track how often they use their medication.
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ONC releases updates to EHR testing program
By Joseph Conn | July 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released the latest updates to its program to test and certify complete and modular electronic health-record systems for the federal EHR incentive-payment program.
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