Electronic Health Records

Health-record alert system greatly lowered urinary tract infections, study finds

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An updated alert system in electronic health records heavily reduced urinary tract infections acquired in a hospital, according to a new study.

These nurses are picking a fight they'll be hard-pressed to win

These nurses are picking a fight they'll be hard-pressed to win

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A nurses union's media campaign that claims to expose the increasingly ugly underbelly of "digitalized care" might be biting off more than it can chew.

Major player will stop certifying EHR systems, including in long-term care

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The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology will no longer offer certification for electronic health records systems, including those for long-term and post-acute care, the company announced Wednesday.

Overdocumentation and cloning in electronic health records are overlooked risks, investigators say

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Auditors reviewing Medicare and Medicaid claims from electronic health records are largely treating them in the same manner as paper claims, even though they pose unique risks for overbilling and fraud, according to a government report released Wednesday.

Nonprofits continue to hike digital efforts, survey finds

Nonprofits continue to hike digital efforts, survey finds

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The nation's largest not-for-profit long-term care providers have implemented electronic health records, but there is still much room for growth when it comes to the sharing of digital data, according to a recently released survey.

Large nonprofit LTC providers have embraced electronic health records, information exchange lags, survey finds

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The nation's largest not-for-profit long-term care providers have implemented electronic health records, but there is still much room for growth when it comes to the sharing of digital data, according to a recently released survey.

LTC to be a victim of the latest 'doc fix' proposal?

LTC to be a victim of the latest 'doc fix' proposal?

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Now, even three or four years down the road, the impression of the long-term care leader cowering like a guilty child is haunting.

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A growing number of healthcare providers are adopting mobile technologies, a new study by IT trade organization CompTIA has found. A survey of 375 healthcare providers reveals that 60% of respondents currently use smartphones and more than 50% say their staff members currently use tablet computers. Of the survey respondents who have a mobile device capable of supporting applications, one in five use health- or medical-related apps daily.

OIG: Electronic health records vulnerable to mispayments

OIG: Electronic health records vulnerable to mispayments

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EMRs are expected to become the norm for healthcare providers in the future. But in the infancy of their use, they lack oversight and safeguards, a new report says.

Use of electronic health records by post-acute providers improves care transitions, experts say

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Long-term and post-acute care providers aren't eligible for federal meaningful use incentives for electronic health records, but failing to pursue EHRs would be unwise, experts stress.

Electronic health records: Clearing up confusion about federal implementation deadline

Electronic health records: Clearing up confusion about federal implementation deadline

There is no federal mandate for nursing homes, home health programs or residential living facilities to implement electronic health records (EHR). Hence, the upcoming federal deadline for EHR implementation does not apply to providers of long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC).

Optimus EMR receives CCHIT certification

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has certified the Optimus EMR version 7.5.1.24, the company announced. The Optimus EMR system passed all required elements in the CCHIT Certified 2011 Long Term and Post Acute Care EHR program. As a result, Optimus EMR is Pre-Market Conditionally certified with additional certification as a Skilled Nursing Facility EHR. "This rigorous certification process was undertaken to indicate our commitment to delivering the highest functioning and proven EHR solution to our customers," said Robert C. Davis, CEO of Optimus EMR.

Survey: Providers say electronic health records improve care, but culture of paper is embedded

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The majority of healthcare professionals believe that electronic health records improve patient care, but most are still using paper records, a new survey says.

Two days to go: CMS moves EHR deadlines

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Within the last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has pushed back crucial electronic health records implementation deadlines.

CMS releases Stage 2 meaningful use requirements

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced its second stage of requirements for healthcare providers looking to participate in electronic health records incentive programs.

Institute of Medicine issues health-IT safety recommendations

The Department of Health and Human Services should impose more oversight of healthcare information technology venders, a new report recommends.

Nursing home programs authorized by reform law likely to go unfunded

Nursing home programs authorized by reform law likely to go unfunded

An initiative to monitor for-profit nursing home chains and another to increase implementation of electronic health records in nursing homes were both included under the Affordable Care Act. But given the current federal deficit debate, these and other healthcare proposals might remain unfunded, officials say.

New privacy rule would require providers to track patients' records better

The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a new rule that would expand healthcare provider requirements for tracking patient health records and allowing patients greater access to them.

E-health records don't get a free pass

E-health records don't get a free pass

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There are millions of dots around us at any time. Sometimes a couple will jump out at you and scream, "Connect us!" I had one of those moments the other day when I saw the news headline "Electronic records don't improve outpatient care, Stanford study indicates."

AHA asks Sebelius to scale back meaningful use requirements

In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the American Hospital Association said it has found that hospitals have significantly less flexibility when it comes to demonstrating 'meaningful use' of electronic medical records.

How technology has changed our delivery of care

How technology has changed our delivery of care

Eskaton, a senior living company, has been integrating technology into its services over the last five years. Resident care has noticeably improved as a result.

Government to give nearly $1.2 billion in grants for electronic health record adoption

The U.S. government plans to release nearly $1.2 billion in stimulus grants next year to help healthcare providers set up and use electronic health records.

Governors prepare for health information exchanges at semi-annual conference

Governors prepare for health information exchanges at semi-annual conference

A group of the nation's governors and state officials has released a guide for state implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act). McKnight's will host a free Web seminar on electronic health records later this month.

Electronic health records overlooked in healthcare debate

Electronic health records overlooked in healthcare debate

One part of President Obama's healthcare agenda that has been nudged out of the spotlight is the push to create a nationwide network of electronic health records (EHR) by 2014. McKnight's will hold a webcast on this issue later this month.

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