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Hospital CEO: Providers need data on the benefits of ICD-10

Many healthcare providers are against transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10. To that end, the best way to get them to embrace the new coding system is to show how it will benefit their practice and patients, says Marty Fattig, CEO of Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn, Nebraska.

Donna Cryer: Interoperability essential to improve patient care

The ability for patient data to follow an individual as they go from hospital to home and beyond is becoming an essential part of healthcare. Donna Cryer, a liver transplant survivor and health IT advocate, knows that full well. 

Study: Time to re-evaluate policies on patient access to PHI

Even as healthcare providers embrace electronic health records, it's time they re-evaluated their policies for providing patients with access to their medical records, according to research published at  Perspectives on Health Information Management.

As health data volume grows, CIOs must prioritize governance strategies, analytics

Technology is creating more ways to collect and analyze health data, but as the amount of information grows, chief information officers in the industry must figure out how to make that flood of data actionable.

Karen DeSalvo: Candid feedback on HIT regulations, policies crucial

Health IT holds promise for delivery of care and improvement of care, but there must be interoperability of systems, flexible oversight of technology and governance policies for it to reach its full potential, according to panelists at a Bipartisan Policy Center event held Wednesday in the District of Columbia.

CMS draft regs push ACOs to outline how, why they'll use technology

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in new draft regulations for governing accountable care organizations unveiled Monday, calls on ACOs to describe how they plan to "encourage and promote" the use of technology--such as electronic health records, telehealth services and health information exchange services--to enhance care coordination.

Attention to detail key when dealing with big data

Big data has the potential to improve healthcare in many ways, but too much information could become unmanageable for the industry, according to John Mattison, chief medical information officer at Kaiser Permanente.

ECRI top hazards: Alarms, data integrity, cybersecurity, device recalls

For the fourth year in a row, alarm fatig ue tops the ECRI Institute's Top 10 list  of health technology hazards. Meanwhile, cybersecurity has elbowed its way up the list of threats--and recall management makes a debut appearance.

MEDTECH proposal limits regulation of EHRs, decision support

Forthcoming legislation drafted by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) looks to exempt electronic health records and clinical decision support software from oversight by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

HIT impedes physicians' ability to see more patients as insurance coverage grows

Physicians are equating the use of health IT with reduced capacity to see more patients just as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is providing coverage for more Americans, a new survey finds.