Information Technology - October 2013

EHR vendors facing certification hurdles difficulties under Stage 2 of meaningful use

Fewer software developers had certified electronic health record systems for use by health care providers under Stage 2 meaningful use requirements than under Stage 1 of the program


New Jersey medical center takes emergency care mobile

ER Check-In app allows patients to notify hospital of a pending emergency department visit with their smartphone, tablet or computer


California Attorney General releases report on curbing medical identity theft

Report include recommendations for healthcare providers, insurers, and government agencies on how to prevent, detect and reduce medical identity theft


Study says health information technology job growth exceeds projections

Lack of skilled applicants has left industry with open health IT positions


Hospitals adopt networked information systems to meet demands of new delivery model

As more organizations recognize the building as an instrument of care, they are using innovative strategies to integrate disparate building, business and clinical systems to reduce cost while providing better care


Challenges for big data in healthcare more social than technical

Questions of social interoperability must be solved before anything else, expert says. Until then, the risks of big data will outweigh the benefits


Major challenges looming for health IT leaders

Nationwide shift to the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision of diagnostic and procedural codes less than a year away


Poor EHR use can become a liability issue

One of the key risks occurs when practices fail to adjust work flows to accommodate the new technology


Technology-enabled furnishings can enhance the patience experience

In the digital era, 'smart' furniture can also help improve patient care


Park Nicollet Clinic adds digital signage for wayfinding, social media access

Minnesota facility's network includes on-demand video content provides interactive wayfinding, and highlights social media updates in real time


Integrated Healthcare hospitals adopt new IT system to enhance patient safety.

System can help preemptively identify gaps in patient safety practices


Protecting patients in an era of BYOD security

Health care facilities concerned should update their security infrastructure accordingly and to create policies and procedures for the access of facility data on personal devices.


Disruption should be avoided in healthcare analytics

Hospitals and physicians must consider carefully how healthcare analytics can become part of their workflows


Patient portal business booming

About 50 percent of U.S. hospitals and 40 percent of ambulatory practicehave some type of portal technology


How will healthcare organizations manage the data explosion?

Large and small organizations explore ways to meet their growing data storage needs


Will healthcare turn into a Walmart-like experience?

IT revolution may replace some personal touches with large scale efficiencies


Health information exchange organizations still paper dependent

64 percent of the HIOs reported that sharing data with hospitals not participating in an HIO was conducted via fax


Johns Hopkins backs effort to fast-track health IT ideas

DreamIt Health Baltimore boot camp seeks applicants for Jan. start date


Doctors spending more money on IT, report says

Federal incentives - and potential penalties - are driving the increased investments


A collection of insights into the HIPAA Omnibus final rule

MedCity News puts together reference guide to the impact of rules changes that have recently gone into effect



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