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DocGraph Joins Claudia Williams, Niall Brennan and Jessica Kahn in DC to Promote Transparency and Fairness in the Healthcare System

Press Release | DocGraph , Careset Systems | September 28, 2016

Health data scientist Fred Trotter presented today at the White House Open Data Innovation Summit around national health data transparency. Trotter is the founder of DocGraph which released the US government’s first national Provider referral pattern data in 2012 that enabled researchers, journalists, and companies around the nation to provide data-backed healthcare solutions...

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Docs Cite EHRs As Top IT Concern; Shun Telehealth, Social Media

Katie Dvorak | Fierce Health IT | July 10, 2014

When it comes to implementing electronic health records into daily workflow, 17 percent of physicians responding to a newly published survey say it is their top IT concern....

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Docs split over making Medicare data public

Diana Manos | Healthcare IT News | August 30, 2013

A new poll conducted by the American College of Physician Executives has found that doctors are almost evenly divided on whether or not Medicare payment data should be made public. Read More »

Donald Berwick on Better Care as a Route to Financial Success

Tinker Ready | Health Leaders Media | January 7, 2016

The former head of CMS says "we will never solve the problem of cost and finance by focusing on cost and finance." Instead, it will be resolved "by focusing on the design and redesign of healthcare and the improvement of its quality." ... The former head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the newest member of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission talked with HealthLeaders Media this week. This is the first of a two-part interview. The transcript below has been lightly edited.

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Drugs You Don't Need For Disorders You Don't Have

Jonathon Cohn | The Huffington Post | March 31, 2016

One evening in the late summer of 2015, Lisa Schwartz was watching television at her Vermont home when an ad for a sleeping pill called Belsomra appeared on the screen. Schwartz, a longtime professor at Dartmouth Medical College, usually muted commercials, but she watched this one closely: a 90-second spot featuring a young woman and two slightly cute, slightly creepy fuzzy animals in the shape of the words “sleep” and “wake”...

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EHR Certification Process: 'Massive' Changes Ahead?

Marla Durben Hirsch | Fierce EMR | May 13, 2014

Health IT Policy Committee wants to streamline process, limit scope of certification

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EHR Implementation Rising, But Hurdles For Healthcare Providers Remain

Brian Eastwood | CIO.com | May 6, 2013

Thanks to government incentives, more healthcare organizations in the United States are implementing Electronic Health Record systems than ever before. But EHR implementation isn't the same as EHR adoption, which requires significant investment in planning, training and personnel. Read More »

EHR Incentive Payments Climb Toward $24 Billion

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | June 10, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have paid out $23.7 billion in electronic health record incentives under the meaningful use program through last month — up from $22.9 billion in April, according to Elisabeth Myers, policy and outreach lead at the CMS Office of eHealth Standards and Services at the June 10 monthly Health IT Policy committee meeting...

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EHR Meaningful Use Incentives Top $14.5B

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | June 6, 2013

As of the end of April, the federal government has paid out $14.6 billion in EHR incentive payments, according to Robert Anthony, deputy director of the HIT Initiative Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of E-Health Standards and Services. Read More »

EHR Usability Cause Of Key Pain Points For Healthcare CIOs

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | October 22, 2014

EHR adoption is increasing, but EHR usability remains a problem for end-users trying to enter and access data efficiently...

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Electronic Health Records - Expensive, Disruptive And Here To Stay

Nicole Fisher | Forbes.com | March 18, 2014

Physicians have more to do these days and it has nothing to do with treating patients. Although staff shortages and increasing need for care are time consuming for providers and add responsibilities, the real culprit of lost work time, especially for Emergency Room physicians, is electronic health records (EHR). 

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Ensuring Physician EHR Use Doesn’t Lead to Physician Burnout

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | March 28, 2016

With the entire healthcare industry undergoing tremendous amounts of change — from how care is coordinated and delivered to how providers are reimbursed for that care — there are likely to be side effects. One the head of the American Medical Association (AMA) is targeting is the matter of physician burnout tied to providers having to balance the day-to-day realities of patient care with federal and state mandates regulating aspects of that care such physician EHR use and clinical quality reporting...

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Everyone Wants To Stir The Meaningful Use Pot

Marla Durben Hirsch | Fierce EMR | March 13, 2014

When I cook a recipe for the first time, I usually don't modify it. But the next time around, I tend to tinker with it so it's better, more to my liking. Add a little garlic, reduce the salt. It's a learning process.  I must be in good company, since it seems that everyone these days wants to tinker with the Meaningful Use program.

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Experts Caution About Stage 2 Meaningful Use Penalties

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | May 30, 2013

The difficulty between what it takes to achieve Stage 1 and Stage 2 is so great, it could easily catch some providers off guard, says Laura Kreofsky, principal advisor at Naperville, Ill.-based Impact Advisors, who specializes in meaningful use. Read More »

Feature Overlaps Between Immunization Information Systems and EHRs

Immunization Information Systems (IIS) have been around for nearly twenty years. Their functionality, completeness, and usefulness have all increased over this time. IIS and electronic health record (EHR) systems have always had unique features, as well as some overlapping features, and the deployment of EHRs has enhanced the local immunization capabilities of clinician practices. Several critical clinical features that are considered to be core functions of IIS are beginning to be supported by EHRs. This article will review and discuss five such critical features: online data entry, clinical decision support for immunization, reminder-recall, practice-level assessment of up-to-date status, and patient access to their immunization data.

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