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StartUp Health Announces 10 Health Moonshots with Global Army of Health Transformers to Improve Health of Everyone in the World

Press Release | StartUp Health | October 24, 2016

Today, StartUp Health, its global army of Health Transformers and Vice President of the United States Joe Biden kicked off the 14th annual Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit sharing an urgent message with nearly 2,000 health leaders, CEOs, and entrepreneurs: the time is now to organize, break down silos, and adopt a “Health Transformer Mindset” to speed up progress in solving big health challenges like ending cancer, ensuring access to care, and improving the wellbeing of people worldwide...

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Access to Psychiatric Records in EMR Systems

Bernie Monegain | Healthcare IT News | January 2, 2013

Medical centers that elect to keep psychiatric files private and separate from the rest of a person's medical record may be doing their patients a disservice, a Johns Hopkins study concludes. Read More »

Are We Ready For Personalized Medicine For Behavioral Disorders?

Monica E. Oss | Open Minds | May 7, 2016

For most of the health care consuming public (meaning all of us), the era of personalized medicine can’t get here too soon. The thought of having the mass customization of Amazon applied to our health care – using our clinical, lifestyle, and genomics data to come up a “prescription” for wellness and treatment – is very appealing. What concerns me is the mindset that personalized medicine is applicable primarily to “physical” diseases – like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and autoimmune disorders...

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Case Study Demonstrates Efficacy of OpenVista for Behavioral Health

Press Release | Medsphere | April 14, 2016

Medsphere Systems Corporation...today announced the release of a case study focused on three inpatient behavioral health facilities that have implemented Medsphere’s OpenVista electronic health record (EHR). The integration of OpenVista into workflows and processes at Silver Hill Hospital, IntraCare North and The Recovery Center at EvergreenHealth Monroe has yielded clear benefits at each facility in terms of both patient care and the day-to-day experience of clinicians and staff. The clinicians at all three hospitals now have rapid access to more accurate and comprehensive patient records...

Diagnostic Errors Top ECRI Institute’s Patient Safety Concerns for 2018

Press Release | ECRI Institute | March 12, 2018

ECRI Institute names diagnostic errors the number one concern on its 2018 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations. Each year, approximately 1 in 20 adults experiences a diagnostic error, according to published studies. These errors and delays can lead to care gaps, repeat testing, unnecessary procedures, and patient harm. “Diagnostic errors are not only common, but they can have serious consequences," says Gail M. Horvath, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRCST, patient safety analyst, ECRI Institute. "A lot of hospital deaths that were attributed to the normal course of disease may have been the result of diagnostic error."
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DSS Achieves ONC-ACB Certification by Drummond Group, Inc. For Inpatient And Ambulatory Module EHR Certification

Press Release | Document Storage Systems, Inc., Drummond Group Inc. | August 27, 2014

Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS), the leading provider of VistA-based software development and support, today announced its customizable vxVistA inpatient and ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) modules have been tested and certified under the Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program through Drummond Group, Inc. (DGI) for the 2014 edition. As a result of the certification, hospitals using vxVistA inpatient and ambulatory modules to demonstrate meaningful use of technology are qualified to receive federal stimulus funds...

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DSS Recognized on 2016 Healthcare Informatics’ Top 100

Press Release | Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS) | May 25, 2016

Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS), the leading provider of VistA integrated healthcare solutions, today announced that it has been recognized in Healthcare Informatics’ 2016 HCI 100 listing of top healthcare IT vendors for the second time. As interoperability and coordinated care remain top priorities, DSS collaborates with its customers to continuously meet their unique electronic health record (EHR) integration needs, whether government or private sector healthcare organizations, ultimately improving patient outcomes...

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EHRs For Behavioral Health Tough Task

Tom Sullivan | Healthcare IT News | March 11, 2014

Behavioral health and long-term post-acute care are perhaps the two most significant areas left out of the meaningful use program. “When we look at the big circle of care, there’s a huge hole — behavioral health,” said Mark Caron, CIO of Capital Blue. “Behavioral health is a mess.”

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Fast Food Identified as a Significant Source of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

Dr. Joseph Mercola | Mercola.com | April 27, 2016

Fast food contains many ingredients that compromise health, but did you know these convenience meals also come with an extra serving of endocrine-disrupting chemicals? According to recent research, people who eat drive-through hamburgers and take-out pizzas have higher levels of phthalates in their urine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected data on nearly 8,900 Americans of all age groups between 2003 and 2010 as part of a nationwide survey on health and nutrition...

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Halamka on The ONC 2015 Certification Rule

Just as I summarized the CMS Meaningful Use Final Rule last week, this week I’ll summarize the 560 pages of the ONC 2015 Certification Final Rule. Key points to understanding the rule include...The 2015 Certification Rule is decoupled from Meaningful Use. Thus, you’ll find functionality to support EHR Incentive Programs plus  several certification criteria for long-term/post-acute care, chronic care management, behavioral health,  and other programs such as merit-based incentive payments  (MIPS).

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Health Care M&A Spending Grows In Q2 2013, Compared With Q1 2013, According To Irving Levin Associates, Inc.

Staff Writer | Irving Levin Associates. Inc. | July 29, 2013

Health care merger and acquisition activity strengthened in the second quarter of 2013. Deal volume was up 10% versus the previous quarter, with 223 deals announced. However, the quarter underperformed (-15%) in comparison with the same quarter a year ago, according to The Health Care M&A Report. [...] Read More »

Health Information Exchange Resist Cures (Part 2)

Andy Oram | EMR & EHR | March 23, 2016

The previous section of this paper introduced problems found in HIE by two reports: one from the Office of the National Coordinator and another from experts at the Oregon Health & Science University. Tracing the causes of these problems is necessarily somewhat speculative, but the research helps to confirm impressions I have built up over the years. The ONC noted that developing HIE is very resource intensive, and not yet sustainable. (p. 6) I attribute these problems to the persistence of the old-fashioned, heavyweight model of bureaucratic, geographically limited organizations hooking together clinicians. (If you go to another state, better carry your medical records with you.) Evidence of their continued drag on the field appeared in the report...

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Masters In Counseling: Free Social Networking & Information Web Sites

Masters In Counseling.Org is a free informational web site for those who are interested in enrolling in an online degree program to obtain a Master of Counseling degree. The site now contains a list of pages on Google+, just compiled by Laura Harris, that link to social networking sites with information and resources aimed specifically at the mental health and counseling communities. Read More »

Medsphere Systems Merges with MBS/Net

Press Release | Medsphere Systems Corporation , MBS/Net, Inc. | February 23, 2016

Medsphere Systems Corporation and MBS/Net, Inc., today announced the merger of the two companies, effectively adding MBS/Net’s ambulatory physician practice-oriented services and proprietary applications to Medsphere’s existing focus on affordable healthcare IT solutions and services for acute and inpatient behavioral health settings. Moving forward, MBS/Net will retain its name and operate as a division of Medsphere; the expanded company will now offer a broader menu of healthcare information technology (IT) solutions and services for integrated delivery networks and standalone physician practices...

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North Carolina's Central Regional Hospital Rolls Out VistA For Less Than $1 Million

Central Regional Hospital, a state psychiatric and medical facility located in Butner, North Carolina, has just completed a full-scale implementation of the open source VistA electronic health record (EHR) system. The hospital, after three years of work, was able to self-implement and customize the fully-featured EHR at a cost of less than $1 million. Read More »