Information Technology - January 2014

EHR incentive program on track, according to survey

Nearly 80% of office-based physicians use some type of electronic health record system, an increase of 60 percentage points since 2001 and nearly double the percent in 2008


Few physicians ready for Stage 2 'Meaningful Use' according to survey

One in eight has an electronic health record system capable of supporting most requirements for Stage 2 of the "meaningful use" program, according to government report


Rural health IT adoption faces challenges

Support from the federal government and other organizations, are helping rural healthcare provides make progress with meaningful use


Healthcare sector to test for cyber attack

The simulation will be the first time insurers, hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and the Health and Human Services Department will collaborate on a test


Integrated systems can boost hospital safety

Web-based solutions allow facilities to access security systems from virtually any location connected to its network


ACOs tech needs go beyond EHRs

Report says accountable care organizations need CPOE, admission/discharge/transfer, billing, practice management, enrollment and care management systems


Some UK hospitals to replace bedside charts with iPads

The Oxford plan - to be rolled out with up to 500 tablets throughout 2014 is expected to save time and improve safety


Patient room TVs an untapped resource

TVs can deliver condition-specific patient education, hospital marketing and informational content, and other customized hospital channels


Mobile devices major source of germ transmission

Health and electronics experts advise wiping down mobile devices with a moist microfiber cloth at least daily for basic sanitation


Waiting room environment and experience effects patient satisfaction

Study says free internet would lessen frustration without time waiting for appointment



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