In what Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) called a "wrap-up session" during a hearing Oct. 1, focused on electronic healthcare records, the health committee chairman outlined five reasons to delay finalizing Stage 3 of Meaningful Use.
Once again, the venerable Institute of Medicine (IOM) has published an important work on healthcare and patient safety, this time on diagnostic errors. The 369-page report, "Improving Diagnosis in Health Care," released Sept. 22, found that most of us will experience a misdiagnosis in our lifetime. Five percent of U.S. adults who seek outpatient care each year experience a diagnostic error, which includes a wrong, inaccurate or delayed diagnosis; these errors contribute to about 10 percent of patient deaths, and up to 17 percent of hospital adverse events.
And not surprisingly, EHRs and health IT are front and center in the report in both a positive and a negative way. Read more...
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The final rule detailing the 2015 edition certification criteria for EHRs, released Oct. 6, is structured differently from prior editions and focuses more on interoperability throughout the "care continuum," not just on the Meaningful Use program, according to officials with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) have introduced a bill to help ensure that certified health IT systems work as promised.
Patients' engagement with their electronic health records is increasing, according to two recently published data briefs from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Physicians increasingly are sharing patient health information, but are doing so more with patients than with other providers, according to a new data brief published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
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