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Clinical Spotlight Episode 18: Rafael Grossmann, MD

5 hours 56 min ago

Rafael Grossmann, MD, FACS, surgeon at EMMC in Bangor, Maine, describes his introduction to Google Glass and its application to the healthcare environment.


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Given access, some patients would hide EHR data, Regenstrief shows

7 hours 14 min ago

A recent study led by the Regenstrief Institute raises interesting questions about patient health data: who controls it, who sees it in the electronic health record and how it should be shared across the care continuum.

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Doc network scores Stage 7 EMR award

7 hours 28 min ago
A physicians network in the Mid-Atlantic has been awarded the highest level of electronic medical record adoption, joining the only 6 percent of all ambulatory clinics that have achieved this status.   

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ICD-10: A study in delay

8 hours 1 min ago
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  • ICD-10: A study in delayThe tale of ICD-10 has been one marked by deferral. So many deadlines were set as firm, only to be pushed back time and again over more than 10 years. Today, the healthcare industry finds itself with another deadline pushed back – and talk of yet more delay.
The tale of ICD-10 has been one marked by deferral. So many deadlines were set as firm, only to be pushed back time and again over more than 10 years. Today, the healthcare industry finds itself with another deadline deferred -- and talk of yet more delay. Year:  2013

Small-hospital CFOs: Revenue cycle took backseat to EHR, ICD-10

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:44
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Data hijacker holds patient PHI hostage

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:05
A critical access hospital in southern Illinois was targeted by an unknown party with access to protected health information, who threatened to release more data unless a "substantial" ransom payment was made.  

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Kaiser, Weill Cornell show importance of device registries

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:40

Researchers from Kaiser Permanente and Weill Cornell Medical College have pointed to the importance of tracking the effectiveness and safety of medical devices in registries, after they're in use.

[See also: Registries playing catch up with Stage 3]

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HTC Global to expand reach with CareTech

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:19

IT company HTC Global Services has acquired CareTech Solutions, an IT and Web products and services provider for U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems. Both companies are headquartered in Troy, Michigan.

The terms of the deal were not released.

"This acquisition is an integral part of our strategy of exponential growth in our chosen areas of IT competencies," said Madhava Reddy, president and CEO of HTC Global Services, in a press statement.

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Hospitals face toughest safety fines yet

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 09:38

By Jordan Rau

In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show.

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Unified clinical communications are critical to care teams

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:29
Unified communications are critical

Patient-centered care teams have been compared with auto racing pit crews, who collaborate in real time amid controlled chaos. In surgical settings, the pit crew analogy makes complete sense, as an expert team of clinicians physically surrounds the patient. But the patient-centered, interdisciplinary teams that work across time and the continuum of care are dispersed across different floors, inpatient and outpatient facilities, and locations.

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Lessons learned from an award-winning EHR system replacement

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:35

In 2012, ARcare undertook a fast-paced transition to a next-generation electronic health record system. Less than two years later, ARcare was nationally recognized, receiving HIMSS Analytics' Stage 7 Ambulatory Award, the highest HIMSS honor for EHR adoption.

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Meaningful use numbers show signs of life, groups still lobby for relief

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:19

Stage 2 meaningful use attestations have shown big improvements recently, but many providers are still struggling. With her Flex-IT Act gaining traction in the House, Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., along with 28 fellow members of Congress, have called on HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to offer relief in the form of a shorter 90-day reporting period.

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'Serious mistake' results in PHI sent to kids art project

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:03
Perhaps CD-ROMs are not the best storage media when it comes to safeguarding the health information of your patients – especially when one of your staff members accidentally donates them to a children's art project, as what recently happened at a Virginia-based health system.  

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Healthcare data: a virtual tsunami

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:15

Swedish Medical leads in stroke care

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:21

New findings published Dec. 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine affirms a practice for stroke response that has been employed by Donald Frei, MD, and the stroke team at Swedish Medical Center's Radiology Imaging Associates in Denver.

As Frei sees it, the study results provide new hope for the 695,000 Americans who suffer an acute ischemic stroke each year, and it validates what he and his stroke team have practiced for years.

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Healthcare taps cloud in record numbers

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:13
Don't dismiss the healthcare industry as one of the last to innovate quite yet. When it comes to adopting cloud technology, it is actually ahead of the game, according to a new report.    In fact, according to the Dell-conducted survey, which took the pulse of technology adoption levels across multiple industries, the lion's share of mid-sized healthcare organizations – some 96 percent of them – are using or seriously considering using the cloud.   

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Millennials want personal health records on the go

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:57

Could younger patients be the key to achieving Stage 2 meaningful use patient access requirements? A new report finds strong desire for online medical records among the 18- to 34-year-old generation, with 43 percent of millennials saying they want to access their portals via smartphone.

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HHS offers $665M to spark innovation

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:26

The government has divvied up more than $665 million to states for designing and testing ways to improve healthcare quality, accessibility and affordability. The awards will go to 28 states, three territories and the District of Columbia.

Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the awards Dec. 16. They are the second batch of grants HHS offered to find new and innovative ways improve quality and lower costs. The first round came in early 2013.

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Sustainability a challenge, state HIEs join forces

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:02

In a move aimed to unify and improve health information exchanges nationally, about 20 HIEs have formed a national trade organization. Named the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative, the organization intends to focus on promoting joint ventures and best practices.

"We believe that there are valuable services that a national consortium can provide to member HIEs," said SHIEC chair Dick Thompson in a statement.

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Getting rid of the silos: How your clinical systems can help

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 15:16

Most large organizations seem to operate in silos. This is as true in healthcare as in anything else. Individual departments, clinical functions, and specialties that need integrated workflows and consolidation of information do not have it. We have seen how detrimental that can be to patient care; all we have to do is follow the news.

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