Monthly Archives: October 2011

Top 5: New Health IT Innovation Profiles

Five new Innovation Profiles from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange (in alphabetical order): “Computerized Alerts Significantly Reduce D-Dimer Testing to Diagnose Blood Clots in Elderly Patients, Increase Use of More Accurate Alternative” “Electronic Isolation Flags and Weekly Rounds by Infection Control Staff Improve Adherence to Contact Precautions” LTCFocUS.org (Long-Term Care: […]Continue reading «Top 5: New Health IT Innovation Profiles»

HIE Sustainability

Sustainability has been an important topic when looking at the benefits of a health information exchange (HIE) and creating a viable long-term model still remains one of the biggest challenges facing most HIEs. As reported earlier this year there are now 255 health information exchange projects in the US, a 9 percent increase from 2010. […]Continue reading «HIE Sustainability»

Pushing the Right Buttons

The Blue Button Initiative was instituted last year by the VA in an effort to increase veterans’ access to private health information. This technology allows vets to share their medical records electronically with insurers and doctors. Examples of the type of data downloaded include lists of prescription medications and allergies that doctors should be aware […]Continue reading «Pushing the Right Buttons»

Importance of EHR in foster care systems

Many of the foster children experience over three foster care placements, resulting in a confusion because of lack of healthcare data that is necessary for quality medical treatment. Also, majority of the foster children have multiple medical problems that further make their medical problems complicated. EHRs are anticipated by most to be beneficial as its […]Continue reading «Importance of EHR in foster care systems»

Top 5: Free Health & Fitness Android Applications

Top free smartphone applications according to the Android Market website: Calorie Counter – MyFitnessPal: a calorie counter with a database of over 1,100,000 foods WebMD for Android: health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings Alarm Clock Plus★: just what it sounds like! My […]Continue reading «Top 5: Free Health & Fitness Android Applications»

Checking in on State HIX Development

TexPIRG released a new report today grading each state on its progress towards developing a health insurance exchange (HIX). This report provides a good update on where states stand as only a little over 24 months remain for them to develop their own HIX before the federal government institutes a one-size-fits-all plan. The report grades […]Continue reading «Checking in on State HIX Development»

What exactly is meaningful use?

As mentioned in a post on this blog last week, we talk about Electronic Health Records (EHRs) a lot. That post covered a proposed requirement mandating the use of metadata tags in stage two of the EHR meaningful use program. That got us thinking: “meaningful use” and “meaningful use requirements” are also oft-included terms in […]Continue reading «What exactly is meaningful use?»

“EHR” and “EMR”

The terms “electronic health record” and “electronic medical record” (or “EHR” and “EMR”) are very widely used by people using Information Technology in the healthcare space. What are they? Electronic medical record (EMR) is a digital version of the patient medical records that help clinicians easily track a patient’s medical history, compare patient’s readings on […]Continue reading «“EHR” and “EMR”»

Top 5: Medicare Review Contractors (tasked with cutting fraud and waste in the program)

The Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) reports that in 2009 the Medicare fee-for-service program made an estimated $34.3 billion in improper payments and the Medicaid program made an estimated $22.5 billion in these payments. Medicare Review Contractors compare the claims submitted by Medicare providers against entries in medical records with the goal […]Continue reading «Top 5: Medicare Review Contractors (tasked with cutting fraud and waste in the program)»

EHRs, Metadata and Meaningful Use

As regular readers of this blog know, electronic health records (EHRs for short) play a central role in the digital health IT movement. EHRs are simply a digital record of a patient’s medical history, but because they aren’t physical files sitting in a single health care provider’s office, it is easier for all of a […]Continue reading «EHRs, Metadata and Meaningful Use»