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ONC: Hospital EHR adoption, interoperability on the rise

Hospitals continue to make progress in the transition to electronic health records, although adoption still varies widely, according to a new data brief released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Most RECs plan to stay open after 2014

Most of the regional extension centers established by the American Recovery and Reimbursement Act have been "extremely successful" and expect to remain operational even after federal funding runs out in 2014, according to a new HIMSS report.

HIMSS offers CMS recommendations to facilitate MU Stage 2

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, concerned that providers may struggle to meet the more stringent requirements of Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program, has released recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help the agency maximize the number of successful attesters this year.

Docs unhappy with yet another SGR patch

Physicians are unhappy with the Senate's decision to approve yet another one-year delay to the sustainable growth rate--the 17 th  patch since Congress implemented the payment formula in 1995--instead of a permanent repeal.

HIMSS official: 6% of hospitals still use paper records

While more hospitals have implemented electronic health records in the three years since the Meaningful Use program went into effect, there remains a wide disparity in EHR adoption, with hundreds of hospitals still just using paper records, according to HIMSS,  Forbes.com  reports.

Supply chain management must adapt to changing healthcare landscape

A "just in case" approach to supply chain management no longer meets hospitals' needs In the U.S. and across the globe, according to  Supply Management.

How will mHealth evolve in 2014?

Despite reimbursement and regulatory issues, hospital leaders continue to look to mobile tools and initiatives to improve the speed, quality and efficiency of patient care, so much so that the...

Why nurses deserve a seat at the health IT development table

As the use of technology in healthcare becomes more ubiquitous, one question that deserves more attention is that of the role of nurses in making development and implementation decisions; essentially, what should that role be?

Improved patient flow at Beaufort Memorial Hospital cuts costs, length-of-stay

Using patient-flow software resulted in dramatically reduced length-of-stay and significant cost savings for Beaufort (S.C.) Memorial Hospital in a six-week trial. Hospital staff discussed the...

ONC's Karen DeSalvo meets the press

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo answered the question on everyone's mind this morning: When will healthcare providers get more detail about today's announcement that CMS will...