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While health IT and electronic medical records (EMRs) have reduced medication errors and improved care efficiency, incorrect implementation of such systems can lead to medication errors, misdiagnoses and treatment complications.

Individuals reading physician notes and explanations of care through a patient portal are often confused with many medical terms without the necessary explanations. Scientists have developed a virtual physician to explain test results in layman’s terms, while equipping users with charts and risk assessments of measurements.

CMS has proposed rules in updating the reporting of clinical quality measures (CQMs) and Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. CMS has also released a request for information regarding the newly proposed rules.

While the policy talk among attendees at February's HIMSS 2017 in Orlando may have been focused on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s future, HIMSS’ own policy team was spotlighting opportunities to advance its legislative and regulatory wish list under a new Congress and President Donald Trump.

In this year’s 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey, researchers took a look at the perspectives of U.S. health IT leaders with topics such as security, cybersecurity and culture of care.

 

Recent Headlines

Collaborative initiative aims to improve interoperability in public health

Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) and AcademyHealth have announced an initiative to improve collaboration of health and human service organizations through technology and sharing information. With $1.2 million in funding from The Kresge Foundation, the creation of the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC) will advance interoperability to benefit underserved communities.

5 principles for safely implementing health IT

While health IT and electronic medical records (EMRs) have reduced medication errors and improved care efficiency, incorrect implementation of such systems can lead to medication errors, misdiagnoses and treatment complications.

Rochester Epidemiology Project introduces data exploration portal on disease prevalence

The Rochester Epidemiology Project, a partnership of healthcare organizations in Minnesota and Wisconsin for the sharing of medical records for research, is celebrating 50 years of service. The Project is beginning in the next 50 years with the launch of the Data Exploration Portal, which aims to improve community and public health in the two states.

Virtual physician improves patient understanding of portal-delivered info

Individuals reading physician notes and explanations of care through a patient portal are often confused with many medical terms without the necessary explanations. Scientists have developed a virtual physician to explain test results in layman’s terms, while equipping users with charts and risk assessments of measurements.

ONC offers $75,000 for algorithms to reduce EMR inaccuracies

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) have announced a Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge, offering as many as six prizes of $75,000 to find the most accurate tool to eliminate data duplication in electronic medical records (EMRs).

CMS updates EHR incentive programs, clinical quality measure reporting rules

CMS has proposed rules in updating the reporting of clinical quality measures (CQMs) and Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. CMS has also released a request for information regarding the newly proposed rules.

7 health IT findings from the 2017 Healthcare Prognosis survey

President Donald Trump has had a bit of a turbulent relationship with the healthcare industry, with plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act seemingly in limbo after House Republicans pulled a potential bill before it faced a vote. The Venrock 2017 Healthcare Prognosis survey evaluates how healthcare delivery, policy and information technology companies view the landscape with the new administration.

Hospitals would be paid to test telehealth under Senate bill

Expanding Medicare’s coverage of telehealth services has been a favorite cause of major medical associations. A new U.S. Senate bill is taking a different approach to achieving that goal: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

Regular information blocking in health systems, EHR vendors

In response to concerns regarding the exchange of patient information by health systems and electronic health record (EHR) vendors, a study published in The Milbank Quarterly examines the extent of this “information blocking”. 

HHS report responds to MassHealth failure in securing data

HHS has released a summary report on the failure of the Massachusetts Medicaid program (MassHealth) to secure Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) data and supporting systems within federal requirements.

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