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'Hope not a strategy' for influx of health data from ACA ruling

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that federal subsidies are legal under the Affordable Care Act, millions more Americans may soon start enrolling in health insurance, and that means massive amounts of new data flowing into the system.

Consensus on interoperability standards may prove elusive

It looks like the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's interoperability roadmap has already hit its first speed bump. The Health IT Standards Committee's Interoperability Standards Advisory task force reported this week on the public comments received on ONC's 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory, the first deliverable in support of the agency's national interoperability roadmap. The results do not appear promising.

Nonintrusive CDS tool enhances communication, improves outcomes

An integrated and workflow-aware clinical decision support (CDS) tool is "critical" to improving patient/provider communications and influencing patient outcomes, according to a new study in eGEMS (Generating Evidence & Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).

HIT Standards task force: Suggestions for interoperability all over the board

There's been considerable interest in expanding the scope of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory, but very little consistency regarding how, according to the Health IT Standards Committee Advisory Task Force.

EHRs factor heavily in treatment of chronically ill, AMGA says

Electronic health records are an important component of the management of chronically ill patients, but a big effort for providers, according to the American Medical Group Association in a recent letter to the Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Work Group.

FDA to explore use of EHRs to aid in drug trials

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its interest in considering the use of electronic health records with electronic data capture in order to improve clinical trials for new and investigational drugs.

CMS proposed rule 'encourages' EHR adoption for end stage renal disease facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continues to prod providers into adopting electronic health records and electronic data sharing, this time in its proposed 2016 payment rule for end stage renal disease facilities.

Positive news about health information exchange, EHR usability ... and even IT vendors

There's so much bad news about electronic health records, generally, that it's refreshing to read about some positive developments this week. For one, it looks like health information exchanges (HIEs) are finally coming into their own.

AAFP's Wergin: Health records are being 'held hostage'

Neither patients nor their electronic health records are commodities, and they should not be treated as such, according to Nebraska family physician Robert Wergin, M.D., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, in a blog post for The Hill.

Direct messaging popular despite cost, other drawbacks

Direct messaging is a popular method for sharing data, according to a new HIMSS survey of 75 health information organizations in 27 states. 

EHR design is an 'investment' not all vendors embrace

EHR usability is "incredibly complex" and needs specific adaptations of user-centered design (UCD) in order to be effective, according to panelists at a Health IT safety webinar conducted by RTI on behalf of ONC on June 19.

HIEs evolving as demand increases

Both health information exchanges (HIEs) and providers' needs regarding them have evolved since HIEs were first launched, according to a new report from NORC at the University of Chicago researchers for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Survey looks at how much time docs spend charting, how EHRs affect productivity

Yet another industry survey has found that EHRs increase physicians' administrative burdens and decrease their productivity--or at least don't improve it.

House passes bill exempting ASC-affiliated docs from MU program

The U.S. House has passed The Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015, which tweaks the definition of what constitutes meaningful use so that a patient encounter at an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) would not be treated as a patient encounter when determining whether an eligible professional qualities as a meaningful electronic health record user.

Senate hearing panelists: Stay the course on Meaningful Use

While providers are under a great deal of stress to meet adoption requirements for Meaningful Use, the industry must stay the course, said panelists at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday.

Meaningful Use rules should focus more on how vendors protect patient data

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services begins to sort through the comments it's received on the proposed "flexibility" rule softening Stages 1 and 2 of Meaningful Use for...

Canada also faces EHR interoperability woes

Canada is suffering some of the same interoperability problems with its electronic health records as the United States, albeit for somewhat different reasons, according to a recent article in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association (CMAJ).

Proposed Meaningful Use alterations receive mixed reviews

There has been some support for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed rule softening some of the requirements of the Meaningful Use program for 2015 through 2017, but commenters have also raised a number of concerns about it.

EHRs need five 'use cases' to be interoperable

Electronic health records should have five "use cases" in order to be considered "open" or interoperable, according to a new article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).

EHRs help ID veterans most at risk for suicide

Electronic health records have helped to pinpoint veterans at risk for suicide, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.