Physicians and hospitals are facing difficulties during Meaningful Use audits because of unanticipated contract issues related to physician's assignment of incentive payment to the employer, according to attorney Matthew Fisher, of Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee in Worcester, Massachusetts.
While the use of scribes may be of value to physicians and hospitals in the short term, it could stifle technological improvements to electronic health records and put patients at risk, according to a viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Medical schools should allow students to use electronic health records more so that they can become more competent with them, according to a new editorial published in the Annals of Family Medicine.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' West Virginia regional office has been improperly paying disability benefits to some veterans, in part because staff is either not inputting information into the electronic health record or is ignoring alerts generated by the system, according to a new report by the VA's Office of Inspector General.
Poor workflow, communication issues and other problems with electronic health records have increased nurse dissatisfaction of inpatient systems to 92 percent, an all-time high, according to the latest report from Black Book Market Research.
Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations on Oct. 16, Texas Health Resources Chief Clinical Officer Daniel Varga spoke about electronic health record documentation and updates made to the hospital's system in the wake of treatment for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week.
As healthcare organizations face challenges in implementing State 2 of Meaningful Use, they should reach out to others who have found success, said Jacob Reider, deputy national coordinator at the Office of the Coordinator for Health IT.
Small clinics often lack experience with quality improvement initiatives and electronic clinical data to help patients with diabetes, according to a case study of the Utah Beacon Experience. But with proper training, such facilities can use those resources to improve patient care.
There's a well-known adage in business that 10 percent of people will never steal, embezzle or commit fraud; 10 percent will always steal, embezzle or commit fraud when they can; and 80 percent will do it under certain circumstances when given the opportunity. That might finally explain what's occurring with electronic health records and billing fraud.
It's really not surprising that 83 percent of healthcare organizations are using the cloud to store electronic health record information or other data, as reported this week by HIMSS Analytics. As their new survey points out, hospitals and other providers using cloud EHR vendors have lower maintenance costs, faster deployment and fewer internal IT staffing needs. Moreover, HIMSS Analytics reports that even more providers will flock to the cloud, and those already using it will expand that use. It's like BlackBerry vs. iPhone or, for those who remember, Beta vs. VHS. If one technology overshadows the other, the lesser one becomes outdated and less popular and will eventually be put out to pasture.