Molly Merrill

Older, busier doctors more likely to use novel EHR functionality

Location:
Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA, 02115, United States
Recommendation:
2

Contrary to popular belief, a new study has found that older physicians who are clinically busier and see more complex patients are more likely to use new electronic health record functionality than younger clinicians.

Facebook app to help track how viruses spread

Location:
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, T, 69978, Israel
Recommendation:
1

A new Facebook application, developed in a Tel Aviv University (TAU) lab, is poised to serve as a better indicator of how infections spread among populations.

Survey reveals docs' perceptions of EHRs as potential buyers, users

Location:
Sage Healthcare Division, 4301 West Boy Scout Boulevard, Tampa, FL, 33607, United States
Recommendation:
2

Meaningful use remains the strongest driver to implement electronic health records for physicians, according to a new survey that finds both potential EHR buyers and current users valuing the technology, but with substantially different perceptions and expectations.

Telemedicine 'holds promise' for patients after major disaster

Location:
University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, 95616, United States
Recommendation:
2

More effective use of information technology after a major disaster could significantly improve patient outcomes.

Oklahoma, Kentucky issue first EHR incentive payments

Location:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD, 21244, United States

Oklahoma and Kentucky have become the first states under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program to make incentive payments to providers for the adoption of certified electronic health records.

Core needs, mobility to fuel health IT spending

Recommendation:
1

Core health IT purchases, including new network equipment, are priority investments for healthcare professionals this year - but the desire for mobility is also driving docs to put Tablet PCs at the top of their shopping lists.

IT helps with care coordination in heart disease prevention program

Recommendation:
3

An intensive population management program that matches heart disease patients to personal nurses and clinical pharmacy specialists is able to save lives, reduce hospital visits and drive down costs, according to a new study from Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

Markle Foundation's recommendations for 'blue button' backed by 46 organizations

Location:
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20201, United States
Recommendation:
2

Forty-six organizations have showed their support for the Markle Foundation's recommendations for privacy and security practices for the "blue button," which would allow patients to have instant access to their healthcare records.

California launches nation's largest telehealth network

Location:
Sacramento, CA, United States
Recommendation:
4

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra joined a diverse group of statewide healthcare and technology agencies August 17 at the UC Davis Cancer Center in Sacramento to launch the California Telehealth Network (CTN), which is set to be the largest in the nation.

ONC adds round of 'Beacon' community awards

Location:
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20201, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Office of National Coordinator (ONC) on Wednesday announced a new round of two additional "Beacon" awards totaling $30.3 million.

Wisconsin Health Information Exchange Law

Location:
WI, United States
Recommendation:
2

A new bill just signed into law is expected to boost the creation of a statewide health information exchange in Wisconsin.

Top Ten Meaningful Use Challenges

Recommendation:
2

Meaningful Use for Eligible Professionals: The Top Ten Challenges names the top ten challenges that eligible professional practices must address to meet Stage 1 meaningful use criteria.

Legislation seeks to extend meaningful use incentives to mental, behavioral health community

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
1

Reps Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) have introduced legislation to extend the incentives for the meaningful use of electronic health records to behavioral health and substance abuse providers.

California embarks on 'future of medicine' via telehealth

Location:
CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

A consortium leading a $30 million telehealth project in California has tapped AT&T to connect hundreds of healthcare providers throughout the state.

Federal health IT workgroup focuses on patient engagement

Location:
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20201, United States
Recommendation:
2

Patient engagement should be a critical piece of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan.

Consumers weigh in on top 10 meaningful use arguments

Recommendation:
2

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH), a coalition led by the National Partnership for Women and Families, has collected consumer and employer perspectives on the top 10 arguments concerning meaningful use.

Patients say docs going digital

Recommendation:
1

About 48 percent of patients in a recent survey said their doctor was using an electronic health record during their most recent visit to their physician.

Amendment makes pharmacists eligible for IT loans

Recommendation:
1

Pharmacists have been included in legislation intended to help small medical practices adopt healthcare information technology.

Disproportionate share hospitals face IT disadvantages

Recommendation:
2

Disproportionate share hospitals, which serve more poor patients, are lagging behind other hospitals in adopting electronic health records.

First Lady Obama announces $851M in grants for community health centers

Recommendation:
2

First Lady Michelle Obama announced the release of $851 million in grants to Community Health Centers. The Recovery Act Capital Improvement Program (CIP) grants will support the construction, repair and renovation of more than 1,500 health center sites nationwide.

Study reveals patients' attitudes toward EMR conversion

Recommendation:
1

A new study suggests that patients are open to having electronic medical records play a more central role in their care. A research team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston led the study to determine how patients feel about converting to EMRs.

HIMSS publishes 'meaningful use' definitions

Recommendation:
2

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has published two definitions of "meaningful use" as it applies to certified electronic health record technologies and hospital's use. HIMSS officials announced the definitions Tuesday as the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics Executive Subcommittee began hearings to define "meaningful use." According to HIMSS officials, EHR technology is "meaningful" when it has capabilities including e-prescribing, exchanging electronic health information to improve the quality of care, having the capacity to provide clinical decision support to support practitioner order entry and submitting clinical quality measures - and other measures - as selected by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.