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 If one technology overshadows the other, the lesser one becomes outdated and less popular and will eventually be put out to pasture.
By Marla Durben Hirsch Hospitals trying to meaningfully use their electronic health records are caught between a rock and a hard place in 2014. Achieving the Meaningful Use requirements has become...
A lack of physician engagement is one of the biggest challenges for electronic health record governance efforts, according to a HIMSS Analytics study published this week.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a notice of its plan to create a centralized database to help providers determine if public health agencies and registries' readiness to receive patient data from certified electronic health record technology.