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Make Your Hospital's Digital Experience Mom-Friendly

November 20, 2014 by Michael Sherman

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When it comes to running the household, it's often mom who calls the shots. This is especially true for important healthcare decisions. It should come as no surprise that the smartphone revolution has made Mom even smarter, as she takes increased advantage of paperless media to create electronic records of her family.[read more]

HIPAA: Liability to Private Parties for Violations

November 18, 2014 by David Harlow

Last week, Connecticut joined at least nine other states (DE, KY, ME, MN, MO, NC, TN, UT, WV) in recognizing that, while HIPAA does not create a private right of action for violation of privacy, it does constitute a standard against which the actions of a defendant in such a case will be judged.[read more]

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Finding the Solutions to Big Data Security Concerns

November 13, 2014 by Rick Deglado

Certain technological trends have come to the forefront in healthcare, leading to some big changes we’re already seeing today. In fact, the healthcare of the future may be completely different from what we’re used to seeing. Here are just several of the trends leading the way that everyone--both patients and doctors--should watch out for.[read more]

Is Meaningful Use Working? How Can Innovators Encourage EHR Adoption?

November 11, 2014 by Shahid Shah

Earlier this year NueMD created a nice looking Meaningful Use Infographic — asking the question whether MU was helping or hurting EHR Adoption. I asked Dr. William Rusnak, a healthcare IT writer for NueMD, to tell us what that infographic meant for innovators and folks building solutions. Here’s what Dr. Rusnak said.[read more]

HIPAA and Protecting Patient Information

November 10, 2014 by Tim Edlund

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has many physicians nervous about their responsibilities in protecting patient information. In my next post, I'll tell you about specific ways to control access to patient health information. Today, I'll focus on the broader issue of data security.[read more]

How to Extend a CAP Checklist for Increased Research Capabilities

November 7, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Synoptic reporting offers benefits that reach beyond simple accuracy and compliance with the College of American Pathologists (CAP) checklist. The synoptic format’s structured data also provides a simple way to analyze individual diagnostic and prognostic elements for a variety of research and administrative purposes.[read more]

How Synoptic Reporting Supports Patient Outcomes Analysis

November 5, 2014 by Tim Edlund

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When your data is trapped in text blocks where different word forms and modifiers can change meaning, it is difficult to extract meaningful data to drive out patient outcomes. Structured practices for reporting, and particularly use of synoptic formats (templates), improve reporting quality according to several leading studies.[read more]

OIG Looking at Mis-Coding of E and M Claims

November 3, 2014 by Andy Salmen

A recently released study from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the US Department of Health and Human Services focused on improper Medicare payments for evaluation and management (E/M) services. The study gathered more information about E/M services, the billing of higher level codes, and the possibility of improper payments.[read more]

Are Electronic Medical Records Really Causing a Crisis?

October 30, 2014 by Tim Edlund

EMR: an improvement

When someone dies of a treatable illness, fingers start pointing. The role of computerized medical records, and particularly the challenge of obtaining relevant details from vast amounts of narrative format, is central in the discussion.[read more]

Health IT and Digital Health Jobs, Qualifications, and Certification Benefits

October 28, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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To help separate fact from fiction and dive a little deeper in to the realities of healthcare IT opportunities, I reached out to Beth Kelly, a freelance writer from Chicago, IL to summarize the projected outlook for specialized positions within the field of health IT.[read more]

Utilization Review vs. Utilization Management

October 24, 2014 by Abby Norman

Although the two terms are often used in the same way and to mean more or less the same thing in healthcare, the two concepts of Utilization Review and Utilization Management are subtly different. Understanding how they differ can help to improve communication around the subject.[read more]

Ebola: Are We Relying on EHR to Tell the Story?

October 24, 2014 by Lisa Sams, MSN, RCN

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Electronic health records (EHR) are essential tools in clinical care. When written words in an electronic record become the primary way information is shared among busy clinical staff, I believe we inject increased risk into clinical care. As the nation follows the Dallas case, let’s not lose sight of a crucial lesson from the first day: the role played by the EHR.[read more]