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Vital Signs
Medication reconciliation improvements needed: report
By Joseph Conn | July 29, 2014
Medication reconciliation, a standard operating procedure at hospitals, remains a process in need of work, according to a report based on a study of 19 hospitals released by the National Institute for Health Care Reform.
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Senate committee seeks EHR interoperability investigation
By Information Week | July 28, 2014
Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee last week sought an investigation into whether taxpayer-supported software is preventing the free exchange of patient records between non-partnering healthcare organizations.
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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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