Doctors May Spend Nearly Half Their Time on ‘Paperwork,’ Study Says
(NEW YORK) — A new small study published this week found that doctors may spend nearly half their time documenting and performing administrative tasks rather than having face-to-face time with patients.
Interactions with physicians have dramatically changed since the introduction of electronic health records (EHRs), with the switch from paper intended to increase physician interactions with patients.
But the study, published in the Annals of Medicine Monday, found that doctors are still being inundated with electronic “paperwork” and desk work. In the study, 57 physicians in various sub-specialties were observed by researchers during office hours. Some also maintained a self-reported diary for after work hours from July 2015 to August 2015.
After a total of 430 observed hours for the group, researchers from the American Medical Association found that 29 percent of total work time was spent talking with patients or other staff members and another 49 percent was spent on electronic record keeping and desk work. Read More
AHIMA: HHS must standardize minimum necessary definition
HCPRO Website, June 24, 2016
HHS must provide a clearer definition of the HIPAA minimum necessary standard, AHIMA president Melissa Martin, RHIA, CCS, CHTS-IM, testified at a subcommittee hearing.
The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics’ subcommittee on privacy, confidentiality, and security held a hearing June 16 to determine how HHS can improve its guidance on the HIPAA minimum necessary standard. The minimum necessary standard requires covered entities (CE) to use, request, and disclose only the minimum amount of protected health information (PHI) necessary for a given transaction. CEs cannot use, request, or disclose an individual’s entire medical record unless it can justify that the whole record is reasonably needed for a specific purpose.
However, HHS does not currently offer specific guidance on how the standard should be defined and leaves it largely up to the discretion of individual CEs. The lack of a clear, official definition leads to inconsistent minimum necessary standards among CEs and may cause the unnecessary release of PHI, leaving CEs vulnerable to litigation, according to Martin’s testimony. HHS should develop a clear, objective definition of minimum necessary and consider creating different levels of minimum necessary based on specific indicators. Read More
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Ex-hospital nursing exec: Sharing EHR concerns led to termination
by Dan Bowman | Jun 15, 2016
A former hospital nursing executive says she was fired for reporting safety concerns about the facility’s electronic health record system.
Autumn AndRa, who in April was let go as chief nursing officer of Sonoma West Medical Center in California, claims in a lawsuit that the hospital’s Harmoni EHR system mixed up information for patients--for example, drug orders for one patient would appear on charts for another--according to The Press Democrat. The system also failed to display code status information, the article notes.
What’s more, the lawsuit says, many of those concerns were overlooked because the EHR’s creator, Dan Smith, donated and loaned millions of dollars to Sonoma West. Smith also serves as president of the hospital’s board of directors, according to the article. The lawsuit says Smith “retaliated” against AndRa and other employees who shared concerns about the technology. Read More
AHIMA: HHS must standardize minimum necessary definition
HCPRO Website, June 24, 2016
HHS must provide a clearer definition of the HIPAA minimum necessary standard, AHIMA president Melissa Martin, RHIA, CCS, CHTS-IM, testified at a subcommittee hearing.
The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics’ subcommittee on privacy, confidentiality, and security held a hearing June 16 to determine how HHS can improve its guidance on the HIPAA minimum necessary standard. The minimum necessary standard requires covered entities (CE) to use, request, and disclose only the minimum amount of protected health information (PHI) necessary for a given transaction. CEs cannot use, request, or disclose an individual’s entire medical record unless it can justify that the whole record is reasonably needed for a specific purpose. Read More
ICD-10 coding accuracy gradually increasing
Katie Dvorak | Jun 23, 2016
Coding accuracy under ICD-10 is gradually improving, according to a post at ICD10Monitor, but it’s not yet at the same level that was achieved under its predecessor.
Looking at coding by 50 organizations, Eileen Tkacik, director of operations and information technology at Aviance Suite Inc., says inpatient accuracy increased to 84.9 percent in the second quarter of 2016, up from the 83.1 percent in Q1. Ambulatory coding accuracy rose to 82.7 percent, from 80.8 percent, and emergency services coding wen from 85.6 percent to 88.9 percent. Read More
Hillary Clinton's 'Medicare-for-more' won't succeed without a focus on improper payments
May 17, 2016 | By Evan Sweeney
Last week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a surprising tweak to her position on healthcare.
After arguing that the Medicare-for-all plan outlined by fellow Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders "just doesn't add up," Clinton took a definitive step in his direction. While stopping short of a Medicare-for-all policy, she advocated for a smaller expansion, allowing individuals to buy into Medicare starting at 50 or 55.
The "Medicare-for-more" policy--as it's referred to by the New York Times--was originally proposed by Bill Clinton in a 1998 State of the Union address. It regained traction in 2009 as Democrats and Republicans were squaring off over what would become the Affordable Care Act. Originally, the law included a public option--government-run insurance plans that were offered on the exchanges (a policy that Clinton has also endorsed). Read More
System provides doctors with instant drug history information
Doctors cite myriad reasons for not taking advantage of state prescription drug databases, even though health officials encourage the use of such tools more than ever in light of the country's opioid crisis.
In North Carolina, where it's voluntary and the prescription drug monitoring program database is used for only about 6 percent of prescriptions docs write, many complain that the computer program is cumbersome and time-consuming, according to a report in the Charlotte Observer.But that doesn't prove true when physician Don Teater, M.D., a primary care physician and drug addiction specialist, can call up a patient's information on the state's prescription database in about 60 seconds, the newspaper says.
But whatever the reason, two researchers from the Carolinas Healthcare System are leading a pilot project, which is now limited mainly to the metro area of Charlotte, to help solve the problem. With a $400,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they have devised a system that provides doctors with instant information about a patient without having to log into the state's database, the newspaper said. Read More
Healthcare IT budgets expected to rise, but demands even more so
A majority of healthcare executives expect IT budgets to increase in the next two years, but doing more with less remains a major reality, according to a survey from Peak 10.
The poll of 157 C-level executives and healthcare IT pros found staffing a major worry, whether in dealing with increasing security threats or the increasing need for a data-savvy workforce.
The survey results revolved around three major themes: Read More
Apr 14, 2016 l By Dr. Jon Elion
The Clinical Documentation Specialist (CDS) looked a little tentative stepping up to the microphone to ask her question. I had just finished a talk where I shared stories about Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) from the point of view of a practicing physician. As her question unfolded, the reason for her hesitancy became clear.
“The medical director of our surgical ICU says we should document and code for malnutrition for our open-heart surgery patients, since we give them intravenous albumin post-operatively. He said that treatments are used to treat something. Since albumin treats malnutrition, he says we need to document and code for that. We are not comfortable with this — what should we do?” Read More
Providers must conduct monthly ICD-10 audits to ensure accuracy, compliance
Coding reviews and audits for ICD-10 continue to be of importance, especially as new codes continue to be added, Victoria M. Hernandez, an auditor, writes at ICD10 Monitor.
It's important, she notes, for healthcare professionals to remain cognizant of updates both on the compliance side and on the regulatory side, and reviews and audits can help organizations with finding patterns, trends and best practices.
In March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the early release of thousands of new ICD-10 procedure coding system and clinical modification codes. Both the American Hospital Association and the American Health Information Management Association this week lauded the move. Read More
EHR data breach exposes medical records of 19,000 patients
An Arkansas healthcare network recently released a HIPAA Security Notification that a 2015 data breach may have exposed the personal information of as many as 19,000 patients. According to the Pain Treatment Centers of America and Interventional Surgery Institute, hackers accessed the network's EHR system files through data servers owned and operated by third-party vendor Bizmatics.
The breached files included patient medical records, along with "health visit information, name, address, health insurance information, driver's license number or other ID and, in some cases, a Social Security number. No credit card or financial information is stored in [the] patient file," the security notification explained. Read More
GoDaddy gets into the cloud business, goes head-to-head with AWS
March 21, 2016 | By Michelle Goodman
GoDaddy announced its worldwide expansion into cloud servers and Bitnami-powered cloud applications today.
With this move, the Web hosting and domain registration company, which went public last year, aims to capture a larger share of the small business IT market. GoDaddy currently serves more than 16 million customers worldwide and manages more than 52 million domain names.
Bitnami is a leading library of server apps and development environments that can be installed to a laptop, virtual machine or cloud host with one click. By partnering with Bitnami, GoDaddy hopes to offer Web developers, tech entrepreneurs and IT pros a streamlined way to build, test and scale cloud apps that can help small businesses. Read More
Optimizing big data analytics: software, storage, and scale
April 4, 2016 | By Esther Shein
Every year, big data is growing at a rate of 40 percent, according to IDC: a trend that will continue into the next decade. Yet, companies are struggling with how to collect and store this fast-growing data effectively and efficiently -- not to mention analyze it in ways that will bring significant business benefits.
When they are able to figure out how to do things like improve product quality, boost customer service and make the most of their business processes, big data analytics pays off big: 89 percent of companies with big data initiatives report reaping the benefits in terms of better corporate decision-making, according to a Dell survey. In the retail industry, use of data analytics is enabling retailers to increase their operating margins by more than 60 percent; healthcare is seeing cost reductions by 8 percent, according to a report by McKinsey Global Institute. Read More
Altiscale, Tableau Software partnering to provide better analytics in the cloud
March 30, 2016 | By Alyssa Huntley
Altiscale, a provider of big data as a service, is partnering with Tableau Software, which makes business analytics software, to bring better "visual agility" to enterprises at a time when they are increasingly turning to Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark to store and analyze both their structured and unstructured data.
The partnership is expected to make it easier for business analysts, IT professionals and data scientists to access, analyze and visualize the massive amounts of data in Hadoop. Read More
What providers must consider when moving to the cloud
February 11, 2016 | By Katie Dvorak
The cloud may be one of the most-used buzzwords in healthcare in 2016 as providers look to find ways to store data in an easier and more cost effective way.
However, in moving to the cloud, organizations must tread carefully, John Halamka, M.D., chief information officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center writes in a post on his blog.
Beth Israel's lease on the building where its data center is located will be up in a few years, he says, and he sees it moving to the cloud instead of building a data center.
While currently cloud adoption in healthcare is slow, Chilmark Research, in a recent report, predicts use to accelerate this year. That's buoyed by a recent IDC Health Insights survey that found as providers budgets grow, they are looking to use the funds to expand analytics in the cloud, as well as other initiatives. Read More
How EHRs can improve planning for emergency care 'frequent fliers'
February 4, 2016 | By Susan D. Hall
Medicaid "frequent flier" patients to the emergency department have different characteristics than infrequent ED visitors, which call for different strategies, according to research published by Big Data.
The researchers used EHR records to comb through potential factors related to revisits within 72 hours among Medicaid patients at Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center over two years. From more than 15,000 factors, including primary and secondary ICD-9-CM codes, patient demographics and more, they selected 385 factors for statistical analysis.
The three factors making revisits more likely were alcoholism, living within ZIP codes with high revisit rates in close proximity to the hospital, and frequent use of the ED and hospital in the past six months. Read More
Peyton Manning Slated as Closing Speaker at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas
October 14, 2015
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, will be the closing keynote speaker at HIMSS16. He takes to the podium at 1 p.m. PDT, on Friday, March 4, 2016. The HIMSS Conference & Exhibition ranked as the largest medical conference in North America during the first half of 2015 (Trade Show Executive, September 2015).
Peyton Manning has earned his place among the greatest quarterbacks in league history as the active leader in nearly every statistical passing category.
In each of his three seasons with Denver, Manning has led the Broncos to an AFC West Division title and a first-round playoff bye. During that time, he ranks first in the NFL in regular-season wins, passing touchdowns and completion percentage.
Named 2013 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, Manning’s season ended with a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII, making him only the third quarterback in NFL history to lead multiple teams to a Super Bowl. Read More
CMS, ONC: Transition to MACRA will not mean the elimination of MU, EHR incentives
January 19, 2016 | By Marla Durben Hirsch
The Meaningful Use incentive program is transitioning, but it's not over, and electronic health record incentives are here to stay, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT clarified on Tuesday.
In a Jan. 19 blog post, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo noted that the Meaningful Use program had been designed to encourage adoption of new technology and measure the benefits for patients. While it helped make progress in the adoption of health IT, however, it also created concerns about the burdens on physicians and took them away from patient care, they said. Slavitt and DeSalvo noted that two events in 2015 then caused a focus away from "measuring clicks" to a focus on care: the move to have 30 percent of Medicare payments in 2016 and 50 percent of them in 2018 linked to value based care, and the enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the latter of which alters the EHR incentive program for physicians. Read More
Hospitals to HHS: Reconsider Meaningful Use Stage 3
January 15, 2016 | By Dan Bowman
Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and 30 other provider organizations nationwide implore the Department of Health and Human Services to reconsider moving forward with Stage 3 of Meaningful Use in a letter sent Thursday to Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.
The letter, posted to BIDMC CIO John Halamka's Life as a Healthcare CIO blog, criticizes Stage 3 for being an inflexible, "one-size-fits-all" continuation of the program's second stage, which also is deemed unsuccessful for its rigid and misguided approach.
"The Stage 3 final rule, like its predecessor rules, is too focused on pass-fail requirements and lacks emphasis on outcomes," the organization say. Read More
Open enrollment 2016: Best practices and lessons learned [Special Report]
January 20, 2016 | By Leslie Small
The Affordable Care Act and Medicare open enrollment periods present a critical opportunity for health insurers.
The nationwide push to sign consumers up for ACA plans is the perfect time for payers to educate consumers, showcase new products and reach previously untapped customer bases.
The Department of Health and Human Services, meanwhile, set a modest goal of signing up 10 million for public exchange coverage by the end of 2015, a benchmark it has already exceeded. As of the Dec. 26 deadline to receive coverage starting Jan. 1, 11.3 million customers selected coverage on the federal and state-based marketplaces. Read More
Flawed research design harms HIT policy decisions
Research that features weak or flawed design does more harm than good when it is used to drive policy decisions within healthcare--especially when it comes to health IT, according to a post in the Health Affairs Blog.
The authors of the post, Ross Koppel, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Stephen Soumerai of Harvard Medical School, point to a RAND report published in Health Affairs in 2005 that was very influential in the industry--only to be found to be overblown on the benefits of health IT. Read More
Congress passes bill providing 'flexibility' for obtaining MU hardship exception for 2015
December 21, 2015 | By Marla Durben Hirsch
House and Senate lawmakers have passed a bill that makes it easier for eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) to obtain a Meaningful Use hardship exception for the 2015 reporting year and avoid a 3 percent Medicare payment adjustment in 2017.
The provision is part of the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act, S. 2425, sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio, pictured), which among other things also establishes Medicare Administrative Contractor error reduction incentives. The bill provides "flexibility" in applying for a hardship exception by enabling whole categories of EPs and EHs to apply for one. Read More
Two unresolved EHR issues that will haunt the healthcare industry in 2016
December 23, 2015 | By Marla Durben Hirsch
Electronic health records faced many issues in 2015--interoperability, patient engagement, information blocking, health information exchanges, you name it. To that end, in this commentary, I'll instead focus on reviewing two overarching themes that dominated much of 2015, and will continue to plague the industry as we head into 2016: the legal mess in which Meaningful Use is entangled and the physician dichotomy regarding EHRs.The legal mess I don't know of any law that was enacted with such fanfare to transform an industry--with billions of dollars in incentives--only to be so vilified just six years later. Now the program is being blamed for impeding payment reform and interoperability, being a waste of resources and money, and stifling innovation. Yes, it accelerated the adoption of EHRs, but even the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation says it fell short of its goals Read More
Report: HIE-sponsored PHRs offer 'one-stop shopping
November 22, 2015 | By Marla Durben Hirsch
Health information exchanges (HIEs) may wish to consider offering personal health records (PHRs) as part of their array of services, according to a report recently unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Many current PHRs are tethered to EHRs and portals in a single provider organization, which invariably means that the PHR is incomplete. There has been a growing interest in HIE-sponsored PHRs because of their potential to provide greater interoperability, depth of information and data integration. They make it easier for a patient to use a PHR, which may increase patient engagement and simplify a provider's ability to meet the patient engagement Meaningful Use compliance requirements. Read More
Docs must follow 'POISED' best practices when using EHRs in the exam room
Physicians need to adopt better ways of incorporating electronic health records when examining patients, according to new commentary published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine by Regenstreif Institute investigator and Indiana University School of Medicine professor Richard Frankel.
EHRs are a helpful tool, but physician habits when using them in the examination room can adversely affect patient safety and relationships, Frankel says. For instance, physician time on the computer differs significantly, with some physicians spending more than 80 percent of visits interacting with patients, and others spending more than 80 percent of visits interacting with computers. Moreover, while most female physicians looked up from the computer about every 30 seconds and made eye contact with their patients, male physicians rarely looked up from the computer. Read More
What the gov't could do to stop insurers from leaving ACA marketplace
It's unclear whether UnitedHealth's concerns about the Affordable Care Act exchanges will cause it and other insurers to abandon the market altogether. But should that come to pass, how the government will react may largely depend upon who is in power, according to Merrill Matthews, resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation.
The nation's largest insurer said late last month that it cannot sustain the financial losses it is experiencing on the exchanges, and therefore will consider leaving the ACA individual market after 2016. Other major insurers have also experienced individual market challenges, though after UnitedHealth's announcement many expressed confidence in the ACA exchanges. Read More
ICD-10: What the new code set means for payers and providers
October 22, 2015 | By Alok Saboo By Annette M. Boyle
Hospitals, health systems and physician practices invested a lot of time and money preparing for the switch from the ICD-9 coding set to ICD-10, and after numerous delays by the federal government, the industry officially moved over to the new code set Oct. 1.
Early reports indicate that the transition to the new codes was largely uneventful for some organizations. Aetna, Humana, Anthem and Cigna said last week they were following federal guidelines and are not denying Medicare Part B physician fee schedule claims that lack specificity, as long as they contain an ICD-10 code from the right family of codes. And hospital executives interviewed by FierceHealthIT on Oct. 2 said that except for a few hiccups, the first day was a relative success. Read More
CHIME 2015: Public health reporting, patient engagement top Meaningful Use concerns
October 16, 2015 | By Dan Bowman
Hospital CIOs discussed concerns and areas of priority for the updated Meaningful Use Stage 3/2015 modification rule Thursday morning at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives forum in Orlando.
Liz Johnson (pictured right), CIO and vice president of applied clinical informatics at Tenet Healthcare in Dallas, emphasized worry over misleading public health reporting flexibility options for Stage 2 relayed by federal officials.
Johnson explained that one of the expectations outlined by federal officials was that hospitals would not be asked to do anything in 2015 not already required, but that they also would be given a heads up for new modifications that would be required in 2016. Read More
AMA, MedStar framework aims to improve EHR usability
October 27, 2015 | By Dan Bowman
Optimal usability of electronic health records is the goal of a newly developed framework rolled out this week by the American Medical Association and MedStar Health's National Center for Human Factors.
The framework, according to principle developer Raj Ratwani (pictured), the center's scientific director, is based on research he and his team published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, which examined available reports from 50 EHR vendors, determined that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for the Meaningful Use program certified many vendors' products even if the vendors didn't follow "basic federal" certification requirements around usability. Read More
Why Healthcare Institutions Should Evaluate the Total Cost of Ownership with Voice Recognition Solutions
September 28, 2015 l By Richard Jovanovich
I do not believe that many healthcare organizations take the time or are able to truly investigate the success or failure of their investment in premise based speech recognition solutions. As a result, they do not really have a good understanding of its Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when utilizing a premise based system. Read More
Number of providers replacing their EHRs quadrupled in one year, ONC says
September 11, 2015 | By Marla Durben Hirsch
The number of providers who changed their electronic health record systems jumped four-fold from 2013 to 2014, according to the latest statistics from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on attestation.
ONC public health analyst Dustin Charles reported at the agency's Health IT Policy Committee meeting Sept. 9 that by the start of 2014, 90 percent of eligible hospitals (EHs) and 77 percent of eligible professionals (EPs) could obtain 2014 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) from their current vendor. To attest to Meaningful Use in 2014, 88 percent of EHs and 90 percent of EPs obtained 2014 CEHRT from their current vendor by upgrade or a new product. Read More
AMA to legislators: Meaningful Use stymied by EHR data lock-in
August 3, 2015 | By Pam Baker
The AMA declared support for a bill that aims to revise Meaningful Use | Source: vjohns1580, CC0 Doctors have long complained that electronic health records are long in wishful thinking and short in practical data delivery. Problems run the gamut from clunky interfaces and data entry time-sinks to integration and compatibility issues, and vendor lock-in – all of which run counter to the government's goal of Meaningful Use. Once again, the AMA headed to Washington to try to talk some "free the data" sense into regulators. Read More
ICD-10 not as challenging as physician practices may think
Despite recent reports that show physician practices falling behind in ICD-10 implementation, that may not be the full story, says Jim Daley, director of IT at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and co-chair the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.
Many may have responded negatively to a recent survey by WEDI--in which less than 50 percent of physician practices said they would be ready for the new code set--because they don't understand what's needed to make the transition, Daley tells PhysicianPractice.com. Read More
New cloud offering collects, mines physician brain data
Much is made of digitalized data and its usefulness in analysis. However, the fact remains that a good bit of the data we need for perfected analysis is still trapped in human brains. That problem doesn't quite get the attention it deserves. Data based on experience, human talent, and boots-on-the-ground observation is among the most valuable data to be had. It is therefore that I note with interest Monday's launch of Best Doctors' product Medting--a promising blend of human brain data and digitalized data in one very intriguing package. Read More
Hospital EHR adoption grows, but other care settings still lack ability to receive data
While exchange of data between hospitals and outside providers is increasing, the industry still faces many barriers when it comes to interoperability.
Last year, three out of four hospitals acquired a basic electronic health record system, according to analysis of a study conducted by the American Hospital Association in 2014. Read More
Dictating VS. Typing: Why Physicians Should Look at Voice Recognition for Healthcare
July 29, 2015 l By Dennis V McBride
Clinicians can speak much faster than they can type in the midst of their busy schedules – from pediatrics to specializations like cardiology and neurology.
Concerned about typing and productivity, executives with medical facilities are always looking for how to best adopt alternatives like voice recognition for healthcare. Read More
Leidos, Cerner win Pentagon EHR contract
July 29, 2015| By Dan Bowman
A team led by Leidos and Kansas City, Missouri-based Cerner Corp. has won the highly coveted contract to implement the electronic health record system for the Department of Defense.
The Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization contract is worth $4.3 billion for its first phase of two years. There are two additional three-year option periods, as well as a potential two-year award term. The system will be installed at 55 hospitals nationwide, as well as at more than 600 clinics. Estimates for the contract ran as high as $11 billion, but the overall value of the contract could be less than $9 billion, according to Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall. Read More
How data is the cornerstone of population health management Special Report
Population health management has the power to transform healthcare, but that won't happen without robust data and use of analytics.
Providers and researchers across the country are trying to find ways to leverage the endless mounds of data entering the system and use it to improve the care of patients in hospitals, communities, states and beyond. Read More
Web Based Speech Recognition Solution
July 9, 2015 l By Richard Jovanovich
Web based speech recognition solutions are the most flexible for physicians, and the easiest to support for a technology officer. Read More
CMS proposed rule 'encourages' EHR adoption for end stage renal disease facilities
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continues to prod providers into adopting electronic health records and electronic data sharing, this time in its proposed 2016 payment rule for end stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities.
The rule, released June 26, doesn't yet require ESRD facilities to adopt EHRs. However, toward the end of the proposed rule, HHS puts facilities on notice that it is moving all providers in that direction. Read More
Amazon releases Android, iOS mobile apps for its Cloud Drive service
July 6, 2015 | By Fred Donovan
Amazon has released dedicated Android and iOS mobile apps for its Cloud Drive service, which is a competitor to Dropbox, Google Drive and other file hosting service, reported TechCrunch.
The apps were made available with little fanfare on the Apple's iTunes this weekend, and on Google Play and Amazon Appstore last month.
The mobile apps provide a simplified folder list and the ability to view and share files. In addition, users can play music and videos stored on the Amazon Cloud Drive. Read More
EMR Voice Recognition
June 3, 2015 l By Richard Jovanovich
Physicians who are considering whether to use an EMR voice recognition solution should not only weigh strictly financial reasons but many other factors as well.Read More
Medical Speech Recognition
May 5, 2015 l By Richard P. Jovanovich
There are a small group of manufacturers of speech recognition specifically for the medical market so therefore not a lot of options to consider. The best fit for a provider is somewhat dependant upon the environment they will work in. Read More