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CHIME: Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposals 'unworkable'

Stage 3 is of Meaningful Use is too ambitious, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives says in comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week on the proposed rule.

Medical malpractice: How EHRs are changing the game

EHRs not only are transforming how healthcare is performed, they're also on the cusp of reshaping the law surrounding that care. Are they the right changes? Or do we need to take a step back and reassess them?

Information blocking an 'underappreciated' problem

Information blocking is a major problem that should be receiving more attention, according to Julia Adler-Milstein, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan's School of Information.

Electronic health information creating new legal issues

Electronic health records are creating a digital revolution, but also have created a unique set of legal issues, according to a webinar held May 26 by the American Bar Association's Health Law Section.

Minnesota exempts some docs from EHR mandate

Minnesota is softening its stance on electronic health record adoption a bit, exempting solo practitioners and cash-only doctors from its law requiring all providers to adopt interoperable EHRs.

EHRs can ID inpatients at high risk of readmission

Electronic health records can help predict which inpatients are at high risk for readmission, and do so in real time, according to a new study in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.

Patients can't sue hospital for EHR copying costs

Patients don't have standing to challenge the costs of obtaining copies of their electronic health records if they don't actually shell out the money for such copies, according to a new federal court opinion.

HL7's Reed Gelzer: EHR malpractice problem at 'critical mass'

As electronic health records become more common, they are increasingly the medical records relied on in medical malpractice litigation--often to the detriment of the provider, not only causing or contributing to the malpractice but also in not supporting provider's defense. 

Meaningful Use is not the right model for a telemedicine incentive program

Telemedicine has been receiving a lot of media attention recently, with initiatives in Congress, the Federation of State Medical Board's Interstate Licensure Compact now ready to launch, and more health insurers than ever paying for it. So I'm a bit surprised that a recent proposal published in Telemedicine and e-Health has garnered so little attention, positive or negative.

Texas HIEs to join forces

Two Texas health information exchanges have agreed to combine forces to create a network that will cover 35 counties centered around Dallas and San Antonio.

ONC releases comments on its draft interoperability roadmap

The final tally is in--nearly 250 comments were submitted on ONC's draft interoperability roadmap, an impressive number for a document that was not part of formal rulemaking.

Surescripts: Health data transactions outnumber American Express, PayPal

Electronic prescribing continues to gain ground in the U.S., with Surescripts processing 6.5 billion healthcare data transactions in 2014, according to its 2014 progress report.

Meaningful Use: A model for telemedicine adoption?

The Meaningful Use incentive program model could be used to create a telemedicine incentive program and increase adoption of the service, according to a new article in Telemedicine and e-Health.

Larger doc practices use narrower array of EHR products

The electronic health record vendor market for larger physician practices is focused on a smaller selection of products than those used in small practices, according to a new report from AmericanEHR Partners, a free online resource founded by the American College of Physicians and Cientis Technologies.

We need to get to the root of the coordination of care problem

Why is there still such as disconnect between the Meaningful Use program's vision of interoperability and its use in the real world?

Patient-centered medical homes don't maximize HIT to coordinate care

Physicians practicing in patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) still depend on non-health IT methods of coordinating care, and their use of electronic health records for supporting coordinated care were not aligned with their priorities, according to a new study from the Annals of Family Medicine.

HIT Policy Committee workgroups: Stage 3 rule in need of fine-tuning

The Health IT Policy Committee workgroups agree with much, but not all of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' suggestions in its proposed rule implementing Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program.

EHR alert significantly boosts HPV vaccination rates

Simply turning on and using a reminder alert about the Human Papillomavirus vaccine during a patient visit can greatly improve vaccination rates, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

San Diego hospitals to use opt-out patient consent for HIE

Three of the largest health systems in the San Diego area--Sharp Healthcare, Scripps Health and UC San Diego--will use the patient opt-out consent method for participating in the local health information exchange (HIE), San Diego Health Connect announced this week.

PHRs should undergo mixed-method testing to improve usability

Patient engagement through electronic personal health records (PHR) should be evaluated in different ways to make them more useful for the intended consumers, according to a new study in eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).