A new ICD-10 end-to-end testing period for providers, as well as associated guidance for testing, was revealed this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
It's hard to deny the influence patients as consumers are having on the healthcare industry, and many predict that 2015 will be the year of the consumer.
Secondary use of health information exchange data could be even more valuable than its primary use of giving providers a complete picture of a patient's care history, but there are issues to be worked out.
Experian's 2015 Data Breach Industry Forecast called healthcare "a vulnerable and attractive target for cybercriminals," predicting more breaches are headed the industry's way. The recent breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment provides three lessons for healthcare, according to Michael Bruemmer, VP with Experian's Data Breach Resolution group.
Nearly half of patients participating in a trial looking at patient control of the medical records withheld clinically sensitive information from some or all of their care team.
A grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will help fund a study into how telemedicine affects clinical outcomes in emergency departments.
Implementing a secure messaging system has proved fruitful at Saint Mary's Hospital, communication has improved and the hospital's staff has embraced the technology, according to two of the hospital's leaders.
States spent $1.8 billion in Medicaid 90/10 funds to upgrade their eligibility information technology systems over the past three fiscal years, but still face implementation challenges, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
To enhance the exchange of ideas and business improvements for health information exchanges, 20 HIEs have formed the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative.
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.
Implementing healthcare innovations calls for better understanding of the relationship between them and the context in which they will be used, according to an article at Health Affairs.
Patients are becoming more willing to share their health information publicly, but there is one caveat: It has to be for a good reason.
Despite the seemingly constant threat of another delay to ICD-10, hospitals and physician practices would be wise to forge ahead with implementation, writes Deborah Grider, a healthcare consultant and current president of the Indiana Health Information Management Association.
Reimbursement for telemedicine services is one of the main roadblocks to the use of the technology. While payers have been reluctant to wade into the fray, new payment models offer promise for expanded use of telehealth, according to an article at the American Journal of Managed Care.
Ed Marx, chief information officer of Texas Health Resources, compares the need to develop your own governance model to cultural differences--it has to work for your own organizational culture.
The Omnibus Appropriations bill that passed Congress over the weekend will fund the Office of the National Coordinator for Health at the same level as last fiscal year with a budget of just under $60.4 million. After the bill passed the House last week, the Senate approved it Saturday night.
As telehealth services grow throughout the country, they provide both improved care and ways to cut costs. The average estimated cost of a telehealth visit saves a little less than $100 compared to the estimated cost for in-person care, according to a new study.
Women continue to make a big impact in many industries, including healthcare, but when it comes to them holding leadership positions there is still progress to be made.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) called ICD-10 "an important milestone in the future of healthcare technologies," in a statement this week on implementation of the coding set.