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Report: Health information exchanges 'critical' to healthcare integration

Health information exchanges are "critical" to healthcare integration and will help healthcare be more affordable and accountable, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.

Kaiser, Johns Hopkins collaboration to hone in on evidence-based care

Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins Medicine have announced plans to strengthen their collaboration by focusing on research and evidence-based care, according to an announcement.

Why Meaningful Use is 'impossible to meet' for pathologists

David Booker, M.D., member of the board of governors of the College of American Pathologists and chairman of its clinical informatics steering committee, shared his insights on Meaningful Use and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid's proposed hardship exemption in an exclusive interview with FierceEMR.

House bill would spur growth, interoperability of clinical data registries

Congress has delved yet again into data sharing of health IT, considering a bill that would require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make recommendations regarding the structure and scope of clinical data registries.

Patients of EHR-users more likely to withhold information

A provider's use of an electronic health record can cause a patient to clam up for fear that the data won't be secure, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

DeSalvo 'disappointed' in protrayal of EHRs as unsafe

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, displeased with the Boston Globe's recent article portraying electronic health records as error-prone and lacking safety oversight, responded by pointing out what she called flaws in the newspaper's reporting.

Meaningful Use flexibility rule may open the door to bigger changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's proposed rule offering some flexibility for attesting to Meaningful Use in 2014 may be one of the few occasions where a rule relating to the program has been met with open arms. But deeper dive reveals a detail that I find particularly interesting: the Medical Group Management Association's suggestion that CMS has overstepped its regulatory authority in Stage 2.

Vendors accused of using political clout to avoid reporting of EHR safety issues

A rush to implement electronic health records caused by the Meaningful Use incentive program has thrust "complex, balky, unwieldy error-prone" systems into highly sensitive clinical settings, according to an article in the Boston Globe.

Care coordination pilot looks to prevent hospital readmissions

The University of Buffalo is working to limit patient readmissions to hospitals and ERs via use of dashboard technology.

MGMA: Meaningful Use program overreaching, runs the 'risk of failure'

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has added its voice to the commenters on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service's proposed rule relaxing the Meaningful Use rules in 2014, supporting the increased flexibility in reporting but warning that without "significant" modifications, the program itself "runs the risk of failure."

Lack of EHR interoperability is 'fraud' against taxpayers

Electronic health record vendors--particularly Epic--may not deserve Meaningful Use incentive money because their systems hinder data sharing, according to physician-turned-lawmaker Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.).

Are docs shunning Meaningful Use?

More physicians than ever are using electronic health records, but almost a fourth of them--22 percent--are avoiding the Meaningful Use program, according to an intriguing but questionable survey from Medscape.

HIMSS, AMA suggest more changes to MU, flexibility rule

Both the HIMSS and the AMA have weighed in on CMS' proposed rule allowing some flexibility in Meaningful Use attestation for 2014, welcoming the concept but expressing concern that they're not sufficient to help providers out.

Massachusetts ahead of curve on EHR adoption as deadlines to connect to state HIE approach

Massachusetts has made significant progress implementing electronic health records systems and running its health information exchange, but much work remains, according to a provider and consumer...

Automated system cuts clinical trial recruitment workload

Automated eligibility screening using natural language processing and machine learning vastly improved the efficiency of selecting potential patients for clinical trials in a Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study.

Should pathologists receive special protection from Meaningful Use requirements?

Why is there disconnect between laboratories and electronic health records?

EHRA urges rescission of 'inappropriate' revision to FAQ answer

HIMSS' Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) has asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to rescind a recent change to an answer to a frequently asked question (FAQ) that the association contends deviates from regulations.

Lawmakers urge CMS to extend MU hardship exception for pathologists

Eighty-nine members of Congress have asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to give pathologists a break and extend the hardship exemption they currently enjoy for all of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program.

CDC patience with errors from lab use of EHRs growing thin

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) increasingly is concerned about patient safety and other problems incurred by laboratories' use of electronic health records.

DHS has EHRs for detainees but not employees

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has an electronic health record system for the thousands of illegal immigrants being detained, but evidently not for its own personnel.