A handful of factors will affect the nursing profession over the next decade, including the nurse shortage, healthcare reform, technology and education expectations, according to an infographic released by Norwich University's Online Master of Science in Nursing Program.
Physician groups across the country applaud a proposal to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and urge legislators to pass the measure before the end of March when the current Medicare payment formula extension expires, according to Forbes columnist Bruce Japsen.
Most physicians responding to a newly published survey are dissatisfied with the functionality and cost of electronic health record systems.
Several factors have contributed to the demise of patient privacy in recent years, according to software analyst and healthcare blogger Shahid Shah (a.k.a., The Health IT Guy).
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's annual budget proposal includes many healthcare initiatives, including a $95 million plan to digitize health records.
Many of the health IT usability challenges "tolerated" by early adopter providers more than 10 years ago remain unresolved, according to Acting National Coordinator for Health IT Jacob Reider. To that end, Reider says that one of ONC's top priorities going forward will continue to be the optimal design and use of such tools, in particular electronic health records.
The healthcare industry already has experienced several unintended issues related to electronic health records, many of which involve patient safety and upcoding. But as implementation of EHRs begins to mature and providers step up integration in response to health reform, there will be additional unanticipated operational and business problems involving EHRs that will arise. Health law attorneys Michael Kline and Elizabeth Litten with Fox Rothschild in Princeton, N.J., shared some of these forthcoming problems in a recent exclusive interview.
Matching patients to their electronic data is a high priority but a challenge for the industry according to officials with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, reporting on their initial findings of their patient matching initiative at a meeting/webinar held Dec. 16.
To any hospital CIOs concerned that the recent extension to Meaningful Use Stage 2 does nothing to alleviate an aggressive start date, Acting National Coordinator for Health IT Jacob Reider has a message: the incentive program is hard work.
Hospitals are employing safeguards to prevent electronic health record fraud and abuse to varying degrees, but must do more, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General.