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ONC officials: Patient matching will be a challenge

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.

Jacob Reider: Meaningful Use Stage 2 is a 'high bar'

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.

OIG: Limit EHR copy-paste to reduce fraud risk

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.

4 super-sized healthcare trends

Healthcare leaders must adapt to regulatory, technology, medical and market changes that are forcing the re-invention of healthcare. A  report  from Mannett Health Solutions identifies 10 "megatrends" and the smaller movements and sub-trends supporting them.  We round up four of interest.

Study: HIT infrastructure an afterthought in rush to deploy new systems

Simultaneously changing both the infrastructure of a health system to support expansive health IT efforts and the methods by which IT tools are deployed is a process that will take time and mature unevenly in different settings, according to new research published online this week in the  American Journal of Managed Care.

Early adopters see technology improving patient care

Although physician groups have lamented the burden of aggressive Meaningful Use standards on doctors, some practices and health systems in Massachusetts have reported big benefits from incorporating technology into patient-centered care, according to an article from the  Worcester Business Journal.

Intermountain to track, publish every cost

In another demonstration of its data-driven approach to reducing costs, Intermountain Healthcare is building an ambitious new data system to track the cost of every procedure, piece of equipment and supply its 22 hospitals and 185 clinics use.

Technology key to practice's care transition efforts

Technology is at the forefront of how New Jersey-based primary-care practice Vanguard Medical Group works with other facilities to provide quality care to its patients, according to Janet Duni, the group's director of care coordination.

Tiger Team wants to test tech capabilities for accounting of disclosures

The Privacy and Security Tiger Team that advises the Health IT Policy Committee on Tuesday discussed the potential launch of pilot projects to test technology for updating accounting of disclosure requirements for protected health information.

ER docs spend more time looking at EHRs than interacting with patients

Emergency doctors spend significantly more time entering data into electronic health records than they do with patients, a study published this month in the  American Journal of Emergency Medicine  finds.