Monthly Archives: September 2011

Top 5: Ways to Compare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems

The Sevocity blog has a post that ranks evaluators of EHR systems: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued a “final rule” that established a temporary certification program for EHR technology on June 18, 2010. The rule outlines how organizations can become “ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies” (ONC-ATCBs). The Certified […]Continue reading «Top 5: Ways to Compare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems»

CMS Explores Granting Patients Greater E-Info Access

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed to give patients electronic access to laboratory test results – marking another potential step toward health information transparency. That news comes from an interesting post by Health Date Management blogger Greg Gillespie, who writes that “Patients should have full rights to the data generated and […]Continue reading «CMS Explores Granting Patients Greater E-Info Access»

New Study Endorses Policies Promoting “Meaningful Use” of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

A new New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article aims to identify possible quality-related advantages of electronic health records (EHRs) over paper records. Study authors focused on standards related to care and clinical outcomes for diabetes care, calculating percentage-point differences between EHR-based and paper-based practices. Patient age, sex, insurance type, estimated household income, and level of […]Continue reading «New Study Endorses Policies Promoting “Meaningful Use” of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)»

Top 5: $Paid$ Health & Fitness Android Applications

Top Paid applications according to the Android Market website: Ultimate Points Diary: Weight Watchers® style diet points calculator with barcode scanner (determines the point value of scanned items) Pink Pad Pro: tracks weight, menstrual cycle, etc. Weight Watcher Diary: also a Weight Watchers® style points calculator WW Points Plus Diary & Scanner: another points calculator […]Continue reading «Top 5: $Paid$ Health & Fitness Android Applications»

England Cancels Health IT Program, Forfeiting Investment of £2.1 Billion (~$3.2 Billion US)

A press release from the English Department of Health reports that it will discontinue funding the “NHS National Programme for IT,” after a review by the government’s Major Projects Authority (MPA) concluded that the program will not be able to provide the IT services needed by its National Health Service (NHS). Created in 2002, the […]Continue reading «England Cancels Health IT Program, Forfeiting Investment of £2.1 Billion (~$3.2 Billion US)»

Using Medicaid Incentive Payments to Connect Beneficiaries with Dental Care

A new report, prepared by NORC (formerly the National Opinion Research Center) at the University of Chicago for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), investigates whether the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive program (and also the proposed efficiencies of an EHR system) could encourage dentists to accept more Medicaid and CHIP enrollees. […]Continue reading «Using Medicaid Incentive Payments to Connect Beneficiaries with Dental Care»

Fighting Abuse With Health IT

A coordinated effort among different government agencies has driven action to fight the nation’s growing prescription drug abuse problem. Recently, the White House released Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis, a paper detailing the drug abuse situation and outlining steps to ameliorate the problem. Much of the abuse stems from the growing use […]Continue reading «Fighting Abuse With Health IT»

Use Heart360 to Track Heart Health and Communicate with Your Doctor

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange has a link to Heart360, an American Heart Association-sponsored website. The website has a “dashboard” with which users can track factors affecting heart health, e.g. weight, cholesterol and blood pressure, by manually entering the relevant data. Since Heart360 is powered by Microsoft HealthVault (and users […]Continue reading «Use Heart360 to Track Heart Health and Communicate with Your Doctor»

Top 5: Health IT Blogs

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange: highlights evidence-based innovations and tools suitable for various health care settings and populations Chilmark Research: comments on IT trends in the healthcare sector Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Blog: many contributors comment on health IT issues  Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Health IT Buzz: discusses “the nation’s transition to electronic health records”  Ted […]Continue reading «Top 5: Health IT Blogs»

Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Clarifies Rules

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services recently issued a rule that eliminates confusion surrounding the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. The eRx Program has seen success in its infancy, but improvements could still be made. CMS issued a proposed rule in May, and after receiving public comments from individual physicians, state agencies, trade groups […]Continue reading «Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Clarifies Rules»