The number of healthcare organizations on the market for a second or even third EHR system has grown over the years. In fact, about half of those shopping for EHR software nowadays are not first-time buyers. Some market research firms have even gone as far as to say that 2013 will be “the Year of the EHR Vendor Switch.”
Mobile technologies have made their way into many aspects of everyday life, transforming how we communicate with one another, how we stay organized, and where we get our news. It makes sense then that the mobile industry has also made its way into the healthcare realm, creating a new industry referred to as mHealth, or mobile health.
The implementation of electronic health record (EHR) software is making it easier for physicians to provide patients with access to their medical records, particularly through the use of online patient portal software. Getting patients to view their records is one of the priorities of the EHR Incentive Program, which emphasizes greater patient engagement as part of Meaningful Use.
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As required by the HITECH Act of 2009, following a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 individuals or more, healthcare organizations must notify affected individuals, the Department of Health and Human Services, and in some cases even the media. For this reason, the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) announced last week that an unencrypted USB drive containing the PHI of 537 patients had been misplaced by a resident physician.
Health information exchange has been an important focus of the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program, as sharing data between healthcare providers can improve care quality for patients, reduce care costs and eliminate the need for duplicate tests. Being able to share data, however, isn’t beneficial to patients or providers if the information being exchanged is incomplete. This often happens due to the fact that many medical devices, such as vital sign monitors, ventilators and defibrillators, do not integrate with EHRs.
From March 14 to 16, Las Vegas played host to hundreds of physicians, practice administrators, EMR software vendors and health IT organizations from across the United States, ready to take part in the IPA Association of America’s (TIPAAA) 18th annual conference.
The Joint Commission relesed a Sentinel Event Alert newsletter on April 8 warning hospitals about alarm fatigue, a persistent problem that affects healthcare professionals in hospital settings nationwide.
According to a recent chart pack from PwC’s Health Research Institute, 67 percent of surveyed physicians report experiencing IT staff shortages – and 59 percent say that staffing challenges will negatively impact their chances of qualifying for Meaningful Use incentives.
According to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, 71 percent of safety-net patients in medically underserved areas of the country want to communicate with their providers electronically – and a large percentage of them have the means to do so. However, healthcare facilities for uninsured and underinsured populations often fail to make electronic doctor-patient communication tools available to their patients.
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