Annals of Internal Medicine Study: Small Changes Could Improve Usability of HealthCare.gov

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Several simple steps -- such as implementing a decision-support tool and providing explanations of health insurance industry vocabulary -- could significantly improve the usability of HealthCare.gov, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Los Angeles Times' "Science Now" reports.

Navigating the Intersection of Medical Devices, Health IT To Boost Patient Safety

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One of the many Holy Grails in health care -- trailing somewhat behind the perennial pursuit of lower costs -- is the notion of interlinking the sometimes disparate components of medical devices, clinical systems, information systems and communication platforms to streamline care and make the entire delivery universe safer for patients.

Meaningful Use Proposed Rule Aims To Offer Relief, but Many Questions Remain

by Fred Bazzoli, iHealthBeat, Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A few weeks ago, the nation's health care organizations received the promise of some much-needed relief from the pressure of meeting looming deadlines for achieving Stage 2 of the meaningful use program. That came with the release of a proposed rule from CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT intended to give providers more flexibility and time in achieving Stage 2 objectives.

Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of June 27, 2014

M&A, Financial Reports and Funding

Aldridge, a provider of IT outsourcing services, has acquired Clyde Bennett & Associates, a reseller of EHR tools, for an undisclosed sum...KPMG, a consulting firm, will acquire Zanett Commercial Solutions, a health IT consulting firm, for an undisclosed sum...Physicians Interactive, a provider of online and mobile clinical tools, has acquired MedHelp, an online health community and health application site, for an undisclossed sum.

3rd Annual OSEHRA Conference

Our Chief Experience Officer, Bennett Lauber will be presenting "EHR Usability, The future of medicine is easy to use" at the 3rd Annual OSEHR Conference on Sept 5th at 10:30 am.

OSEHRA, an emerging leader in advancing open source electronic health record software and related health information technology, is bringing together the best and brightest from healthcare and other open source initiatives to share their expertise in three key areas:

AMDIS To Push CMS for More Details on Meaningful Use Changes

The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems is seeking clarity around CMS' proposed changes to the meaningful use program, Modern Healthcare reports.

AMDIS has tasked board member Michael Zaroukian with drafting formal comments to CMS' proposed rule (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 6/19).

ONC Wants To Make Meaningful Use More Flexible, Less Prescriptive

Jacob Reider, deputy national coordinator and chief medical officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, said that the agency wants to make the meaningful use program more flexible and less focused on providers meeting a specific set of clinical quality measures, Modern Healthcare reports.

AHA Urges CMS, ONC To Quickly Finalize Meaningful Use Changes

The American Hospital Association sent a letter Tuesday asking CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to quickly finalize a proposed rule that extends the meaningful use timeline so that providers can take advantage of the added flexibility, EHR Intelligence reports (Murphy, EHR Intellig

Study finds that Patient-Centered Medical Homes, EHRs Lead to Better Care

p style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white;">Doctors who practice in patient-centered medical homes and use electronic health record systems generally provide more recommended care than those who do not work in a PCMH and use paper or electronic records, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Health IT Analytics reports (Bresni

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