electronic health records (EHRs)

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Why Thorough EHR Adoption Must Precede Population Health

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | November 3, 2014

While the healthcare industry is certainly moving away from volume to value and working to manage the health of patient populations, it does not have sufficient depth of EHR adoption to support next-generation care delivery...

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Why Your Health Insurance Data Should Be Liberated

David Vivero | Forbes | July 6, 2016

In a world where you can access nearly all human knowledge from a device in your pocket, it’s absurd that you still can’t find out how much having a baby will cost you. But it’s not surprising. “Health data” is such a hot topic these days that you’d think it was a recent invention, and in many cases you’d be right. Apple AAPL +1.97%’s HealthKit and other trackers passively gather exabytes of our health data as we move around. Saliva samples let us explore genetic conditions. A handful of companies can discover the bugs living inside our guts...

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Why Your Organization Needs to Tap Health Data Analytics

Staff Writer | Health Data Management | January 14, 2016

If there were any doubts about the value of data analytics for healthcare organizations to turn data into actionable insights, a new book from the American Health Information Management Association attempts to put those doubts to rest and provide step-by-step instructions for analyzing data and using statistical techniques. The co-authors of the book—David Marc and Ryan Sandefer, faculty members at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.—argue that proficiency in data analytics is increasingly important for all health information managers and health informaticians as the industry embraces quality improvement initiatives...

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Wikipedia’s Open Content Production Platform Creates Significant Spillover Benefits That Encourage Users To Contribute Further.

Aleksi Aaltonen and Stephan Seiler | The London School of Economics and Political Science | October 16, 2014

Many organisations are developing open platforms to create, store and share knowledge. Aleksi Aaltonen and Stephan Seiler analyse editing data by Wikipedia users to show how content creation by individuals generates significant ‘spillover’ benefits, encouraging others to contribute to the collective process of knowledge production...

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Will Massive DoD Contract Solve The EHR Interoperability Problems?

Susan D. Hall | Fierce Health IT | April 28, 2014

The Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract--estimated to be worth approximately $11 billion over its lifecycle--could be a game-changer for healthcare in the United States due to its sheer size and scope, reports Nextgov.  

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Will Meaningful Use Lead To Reduced Costs For Hospitals?

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | December 2, 2013

One of the tenets driving the adoption of certified EHR technology as part of the EHR Incentive Programs is the belief that meaningful use will help improve healthcare costs. However, little information is available that speaks directly to the cost savings made possible by participating in meaningful use beyond the costs incurred by eligible hospitals and professionals in choosing, implementing, and maintaining their EHR systems. Read More »

Will Smorgasbord Approach Get More Patients Engaged?

Jeff Rowe | Government Health IT | October 10, 2012

Yesterday, we took umbrage at what struck us as a bit of “preachifying” by a health IT stakeholder. At issue was the apparent lack of support of EHRs by the public, and his reasons why that lack of support was “wrong”.  So today let’s turn it around an look at a different, eminently more hands-on approach to patient engagement. Read More »

Will Trump Administration Back Rules Treating Health Insurance as a Utility, Not Luxury?

Howard Green | LinkedIn | June 18, 2016

On June 14, 2016 a Federal Court ruled that broadband internet is as essential to American as phones, electricity, water and sewer systems and should be available to all Americans as a utility, rather than a luxury that doesn’t need close government supervision. In the United States, public utilities are often natural monopolies because the infrastructure required producing and delivering a product such as electricity or water is very expensive to build and maintain. As a result, they are often government monopolies, or if privately owned, the sectors are specially regulated by a public utilities commission which severely limits the profits for the private utility company and the associated costs passed on to consumers of that utility...

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Will Watson Help Solve The Mystery Of The Missing DOD EHR?

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | April 24, 2014

As the Department of Defense edges closer to choosing one lucky vendor to support its planned department-wide EHR system, IBM is doing some strategic shifting of its own by adding technology from its Watson supercomputer to its federal health care repertoire.  With a new request for information (RFI) released by the DOD, asking for details about infrastructure requirements to replace its aging ALHTA system, the department is putting a contract valued around $11 billion up for grabs.

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Winners And Losers With The 21st Century Cures Bill

Sydney Lupkin and Steven Findlay | NPR | December 2, 2016

A sprawling health bill that passed the Senate Thursday by a 94 to 5 vote and is expected to gain President Obama's signature is a grab bag for industries, academic institutions and patient groups that spent oodles of time and money lobbying to advance their interests. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls it "the most important legislation that Congress will pass this year." Who wins and who loses? Here's the rundown of what's at stake in the 21st Century Cures Act...

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With Apple consulting Argonaut Project on health records, interoperability could get the push it needs

Mike Miliard | Healthcare IT News | June 27, 2017

Apple is said to be working with the Argonaut Project to integrate more electronic health data with the iPhone, a move experts say could go a long way towards advancing medical record interoperability. Participants in the Argonaut Project – an HL7-led initiative focused on expanding the use of open standards for health data exchange, notably HL7's FHIR specification – are some of the industry’s most notable vendors and providers: Accenture, athenahealth, Cerner, Epic, McKesson, Meditech, Surescripts, The Advisory Board Company, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Intermountain Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, Partners HealthCare...

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Without Real Interoperability, Are Providers Paying Too Much for EHRs?

Would you pay top dollar for anything—a car, phone, television, whatever—that promises truly transformational technology at some unspecified future date? I doubt you would. We generally buy products for what they offer now, not what the company says they will eventually do (vaporware, as IT calls it). And yet, so many hospitals pay multi-billions of dollars for healthcare IT systems that promise to integrate patient care … eventually. Why? Some argue the primary reason is a false market that was created by federal government incentives and boundless faith.

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Workplace Factors Contribute to Burnout in Family Physicians

Diana Phillips | Medscape | May 10, 2017

Family physicians who work in a hectic or chaotic environment, those who report high rates of job-related stress, and those who spend time at home working on electronic medical record (EMR) tasks may be particularly vulnerable to burnout, researchers report. In a study designed to assess workplace factors associated with burnout among family physicians, Monee Rassolian, MD, from Michigan State University, Flint, and colleagues administered an abbreviated burnout survey to a random sample of family physicians applying to take the 2016 American Board of Family Medicine Certification Examination. They report their findings online May 8 in JAMA Internal Medicine...

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World Health Care Congress: HHS CTO, Premier CIO Talk Data Liquidity

David Raths | Healthcare Informatics | April 10, 2013

This week’s 10th Annual World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C., saw a lively discussion April 9 involving a panel of experts on innovation, including Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Joe Pleasant Jr., senior vice president and CIO of the Premier health alliance. Read More »

Would Romney Kill Meaningful Use?

Erin McCann | Government Health IT | October 29, 2012

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is no stranger to health information technology advocacy. As governor of Massachusetts, he helped spur initiatives such as the $50 million nonprofit Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, for instance, and he signed a 2003 bill meant to enable Bay State providers to more widely adopt e-prescribing. Read More »