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As EHR adoption spikes, Meaningful Use Stage 2, HIE implementation lags

Hospitals and healthcare systems made significant progress in adopting electronic health records, according to two studies published in the journal  Health Affairs,  but have a long road ahead of them to meet all the criteria for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and the implementation of health information exchanges.

Is 'Kaiser-fication' of healthcare system a good thing?

Some experts think the "Kaiser-fication" of healthcare in the wake of the Affordable Care Act may be good for the industry, according to a  USA Today  article.

Senate panel orders scrutiny of alleged EHR 'information-blocking'

The Senate Appropriations Committee has directed the ONC's Health IT Policy Committee to submit a report on the technical, operational and financial barriers to information-sharing among electronic health records systems--what it calls the "information-blocking problem"--and what should be done to combat it. The order comes in a draft budget report that recommends a $61.474 million budget for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT rather than the $74.688 million it had requested.

Why health IT spending must switch tactics

Healthcare IT spending by both providers and payers needs to move away from massive systems to the more agile, entrepreneurial approach used by the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung, according to an article at CIO.

Patient-centered data opens door for more individualized care, research

More than ever, patients are having a say in their healthcare--and their input will be an important part of big data collection to create a more "unified story of health and healthcare," according to an article in July's  Health Affairs.

Michigan merger creates HIE to serve more than 5 million patients

While New York and Illinois may boast some of the nation's largest health information exchanges, Michigan now is not too far behind.

IT-based surveillance tools may improve quality of outpatient care

As patient interactions outside healthcare facilities grow, new technology-based surveillance tools are being used to target gaps in care.

EHR tool helps to reduce ED imaging overuse

​Electronic health records may be used to capture a broad range of information--including clinical notes, lab test results, diagnostic studies, and demographic data--but according to a recent study in the  Journal of the American College of Radiology, much of this data can be difficult to review and access efficiently.

Patient-centered care new focus in UConn's new facility

Hospital leaders at UConn Health Center hope a new facility will help bring patients a more integrated, one-stop, patient-centered experience, and give the center a more competitive boost after many years of financial struggle, according to the  Hartford Business Journal.

Big data mashups hold research potential, practical challenges for healthcare industry

Other industries have been far more successful than healthcare in mashing together big datasets to learn more about their customers. The prospect raises myriad possibilities, according to a Viewpoint article in  JAMA.