AMA and TMA Comment on ONC Patient Safety Plan

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The Office of the ONC has begun putting together a plan to look and find areas where electronic medical records can cause harm to patients.  Two agencies, the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association have made comments and suggestions.  iHealthBeat has done a nice job providing a summary of the recommendations made by each. Continue reading: AMA and TMA Comment on ONC Patient Safety Plan

“It’s the System Stupid”, And the Laws of Unintended Consequences Reviewed

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Today we have an opinion piece from Dr. Edmund Billings from Medsphere relaying a message that we have all probably thought about at one time or another if you are in the Health IT business.  How did all of this transpire in the medical record business?  Continue reading: “It’s the System Stupid”, And the Laws of Unintended Consequences Reviewed

The RAND Report: Are Healthcare and Health IT in a Dysfunctional Relationship?

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Today we hear from Dr. Edmund Billings, Chief Medical Officer from Medshpere systems.  In short he is addressing some different points of view regarding the recently released Rand Report.  Medical records have changed many times since the beginning states and what have we evolved to?  It has been stated many times on the web that the progression of medical records has been leaning more toward the insurer or payer side of the coin and the doctor asks some questions in this area and has a couple ideas open for discussion. Continue reading: The RAND Report: Are Healthcare and Health IT in a Dysfunctional Relationship?

ONC Names 4 Groups to Certify EHRs in 2014

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Today in Government Health IT it was announced the ONC has already set up 4 vendors for the Stage 2 of Meaningful Use.  The names will look familiar as they were also in on Stage One which makes sense. Continue reading: ONC Names 4 Groups to Certify EHRs in 2014

Meaningful Use Is Not Just for the Large Vendors, Smaller Vendors Servicing Rural Areas Have Several Attestations And Are At the Top of the List

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This is an interesting article from Modern Healthcare and what a surprise to Computer Programs and Systems of Mobile, Alabama in the number one position for the largest number of hospitals using a complete EHR system with attesting.  It’s amazing that the company takes over first place from Epic which has almost become a household name with larger hospitals across the US.  Read further to see how Cerner and Meditech ranked in their respective areas.    Continue reading: Meaningful Use Is Not Just for the Large Vendors, Smaller Vendors Servicing Rural Areas Have Several Attestations And Are At the Top of the List

Accountable Care Organizations: Revolutionizing The Health Care Industry

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According to a study by the Centre for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2009, healthcare costs have been growing at an unsustainable rate, reaching an estimated 17.3% of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2009. This represents the largest one-year increase in the history of the United States. The CMS further predicts that if left unchecked, these costs could rise to 19.3% by 2019, almost one fifth of the nation’s GDP. The current healthcare system needs measures that will allow quality healthcare for all Americans at more affordable costs, a system that measures quality improvement through coordination and cooperation between health care providers. Continue reading: Accountable Care Organizations: Revolutionizing The Health Care Industry

Healthcare Data Trends for 2012

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With the growing popularity of exchanging information over mobile devices, 2011 saw data breaches in the healthcare industry like never before. The Department of Health and Human resources had to step in with rigorous investigations and hefty fines for organizations that did not meet the patient privacy requirements. And now that industry experts are projecting the continued rise in the use of mobile devices and social media, healthcare data breach could reach epidemic proportions unless the safety of patient protected health information (PHI) is given some serious thought. Continue reading: Healthcare Data Trends for 2012

OCR Rolls Out HIPAA Audit Program

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights released plans to audit 150 covered entities under its pilot HIPAA audit program.  Covered entities should review HIPAA compliance policies and complete a security risk assessment to ready themselves for potential audit.

On November 8, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published on its website the details of its pilot program to perform up to 150 audits of compliance with the privacy, security and breach notification standards (collectively, the Standards) adopted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) between November 2011 and December 2012 (the Pilot Audit Program). Continue reading: OCR Rolls Out HIPAA Audit Program

Jardogs puts the Patient in the Driver’s Seat

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While at MGMA this year in Vegas, I had the opportunity to chat with James Hewitt, CEO of Jardogs. The company, which was founded in 2009, is focused primarily on patient access solutions. While at the show, Jim mentioned that he sits on a CIO roundtable. A frequent topic for the group is patient portals, and specifically how they operate within communities. The group noticed that patients typically were required to use anywhere from 3-6 different portals to connect with the various local hospitals, multi-specialty groups, physician offices, and other entities that together provided their local care. This spawned the questions:  How can we create a single point of access to allow patients to interact with all of the disparate systems within a single community? How can we take all the best features of a patient portal, combine them with a personal health record (PHR) and the components of a health information exchange (HIE), and roll them into one product? Continue reading: Jardogs puts the Patient in the Driver’s Seat

Vista Equity Partners Completes Acquisition of Sage Healthcare Division

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Leading clinical and financial information technology firm to be named “Vitera Healthcare Solutions”
Tampa, FL – Nov. 10, 2011 – Vista Equity Partners today announced it has completed its acquisition of the Sage Healthcare Division from The Sage Group plc in an agreement that was announced on September 22, 2011. The new company will be called Vitera Healthcare Solutions (Vitera), which will continue serving the ambulatory market with its current line of electronic health records (EHR), practice management and revenue cycle management products.

Vitera’s industry leading products include Intergy, Intergy EHR, Practice Analytics, Practice Portal, STS, as well as the ground breaking Medical Manager practice management product. As one of the largest healthcare solutions providers in the EHR and practice management markets, Vitera serves more than 400,000 healthcare professionals including 80,000 physicians. Vitera’s products are also used by approximately 20 percent of all community health centers in the United States, and process more than 33 million transactions and 1.8 million e-prescriptions monthly. Continue reading: Vista Equity Partners Completes Acquisition of Sage Healthcare Division