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Survey: 85% of providers in process of EHR implentation
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Electronic health records implementations are the top priority among health care information technology professionals, with 85 percent indicating that they are either in the midst of an EHR project or plan to start one within the next 18 months, based on a survey from Embarcadero Technologies. The initial criteria for meaningful use proposed last year were criticized by some health care organizations for being too strict, the final rule decreased the number of requirements. More

CMS meaningful use rules are final: Now what?
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Leaders from health care organizations and associations, lawyers, consultants, information technology vendors and a host of other experts are slogging their way through all 800-plus pages of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule for the meaningful use of electronic health records. More

Hospitals try new approach to patient-specific marketing
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Any member of a customer-loyalty program at a grocery store chain has likely noticed that, at the end of a transaction, the register spits out coupons for products he or she uses routinely. That's not a coincidence.The ads are generated by what's called a customer relationship management system. That same technology is making its way into the health care industry so hospitals can market to patients and physicians the same way supermarkets do—by sending information they think a customer needs or wants based on their history. More

Poll shows health care providers unclear on EHR certification
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A new poll of 850 health care providers across the country shows most providers view certification of their electronic health record systems as critical, yet they remained uncertain of the requirements to qualify for government incentives. The "2010 U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Records Certification Study" from research and consulting firm CapSite aims to assess the industry views on ambulatory EHR certification. More

What the doctor is really thinking
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Some doctors are taking an unusual new approach to communicate better with patients—they are letting them read the notes that physicians normally share only with each other. After meeting with patients, doctors typically jot down notes on a range of topics, from musings about possible diagnoses to observations about how a patient is getting along with a spouse. The notes are used to justify the bill, and may be audited. But the main idea is to have a written record with insights into the patient's condition for the next visit or for other doctors to see. More

Feds to provide audio training on meaningful use rules
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will conduct a 90-minute "audio training" on the final rules to establish the meaningful use incentive program and adopt data standards, implementation specifications and electronic health records certification criteria. More

Massachusetts hospital reports 800,000 personal records missing
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A Massachusetts hospital is under scrutiny after hundreds of thousands of patient and employee records went missing earlier this year. The missing files underscore the problems health care providers face when balancing patient privacy and the need to store massive amounts of data, especially as new federal rules for electronic health records come into play. More

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Clinics using health information technology to assess patient risk, provide data security
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No-cost health clinics around the country are using health information technology for various functions. An in-house health clinic for city workers operated by Healthstat in Lakeland, Fla., has embraced new technology to help fulfill its goals of reducing local health care costs. More

The debate over electronic medical records
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After more than a year of review, the federal government has finally released its "meaningful use" guidelines for electronic medical records. For the health care field this is particularly meaningful because it's the first step taken toward adding the kinds of consistency and efficiency through information technology that most corporations take for granted. More
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