ARTICLES BY MEGAN WILLIAMS
Healthcare IT News For VARs — September 19, 2014
In this week’s news, the White House seeks help from developers to expand the adoption of interoperable electronic health records (EHRs), and New Jersey faces worsening data breaches.
Physician Shortage Addressed By Online Tool
The University Of North Carolina’s Center for Health Services Research has taken on the problem of physician supply and shortages, and has come up with an answer in the form of an online tool.
Healthcare Providers Have EHRs, Need Advanced Use Of IT
Data from a survey conducted by the American Hospital Association in its 2013 Annual Survey IT Supplement reveals that most hospitals use basic EHR (electronic health records) systems, but lack advanced use of healthcare IT.
Doctor Video Consultations Are On The Rise
Telecom leaders gather to discuss increase of doctor video consultations.
Healthcare IT News For VARs — September 12, 2014
In the news this week, Healthcare.gov was reported hacked. Also, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announce end-to-end testing dates, and electronic health records (EHRs) are costing doctors precious time.
Hospitals Turn Focus To Data Warehousing, Data Mining
The use of data warehousing, and in turn, data mining, are important steps in harnessing the power of healthcare data to create truly patient-centered care environments. According to an HIMSS sponsored presentation at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, only 43 percent of hospitals were using advanced data warehousing in 2013.
Patient Data Loss Is A Problem In The Majority Of U.S. Hospitals
The healthcare industry has seen more data breaches than the military and banking sectors combined.
Ambulatory Healthcare Providers Are Replacing Their EMR Systems
While providers overall are happy with their current EMR systems and show little sign of replacing them or changing vendors, a new report from KLAS, reveals that the trend within the ambulatory services niche is much different.
CMS Extends EHR Deadline
The Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services (CMS) issued their final ruling on EHRs on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Because of their decision, more providers will likely be able to meet Meaningful Use standards and qualify for incentives in 2014, thanks to a one-year extension in the deadline.
Only 34% Of Hospitals Have Implemented Health Information Exchanges
The Office Of The National Coordinator recently released a report on the state of health information exchange (HIE) adoption and trends among providers. Overall, the report demonstrated a growth in exchange activity, but also demonstrated a need for growth in multiple areas, specifically among hospitals, of which only 34 percent have implemented HIE.