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'Technovigilance' improves hospital's record for delivering meds on time

A system monitoring when hospital staff missed or was late in administering medication brought significant improvement on that metric, according to a study published by  Milbank Quarterly.

Kaiser uses mock hospital for technology trial runs

A hospital mockup complete with patient rooms, ICU, operating room, bedside computers and fake patients helps Kaiser Permanente test technologies and practices that can save money and improve patient safety,  MIT Technology Review  reported today

How big data is changing the role of HIM professionals

The challenge of big data is to harness it, understand it and use it to cut costs, create more predictive healthcare and improve outcomes. To that end, providers are realizing the need for more sophisticated IT systems that allow healthcare information management professionals to meet the challenge in various new roles, according to an article published this month in the American Health Information Management Association's  Journal of AHIMA.

Duplicate IT systems cost HHS millions

An auditor found more than $300 million in duplicative IT systems at three different government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services--which has six duplicative systems costing $256 million alone--according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

PCORI hands out $114 million in telehealth, research data grants

Collecting data through new sources such as EHRs and engaging minority patients and caregivers in research are among the priorities for a new round of grants from The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

ACA cloud site costs three times initial estimate

The cost of running a data site related to the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act has tripled to more than $35 million since 2011.

VA researching natural language processing in EHRs to prevent suicide

The U.S. Department of Veterans affairs is researching the use of natural language processing within its electronic health records system to automate suicide risk alerts.

Testing complete for controversial ACA data hub

The long-awaited, controversial data hub that stands as the most important piece of technology in the Obama Administration's Affordable Care Act is finally ready, according to federal health officials.

ONC initiative to ID best patient-matching practices

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT this morning announced plans to launch a collaborative patient matching initiative to "identify common denominators and best practices" used by both private health systems and federal agencies.

For most hospitals, clinical analytics tools lie in their own EHRs

Roughly 50 percent of U.S. hospitals use clinical business intelligence solutions embedded within their own electronic health record systems, according to HIMSS Analytics' 2013 U.S. Clinical & Business Intelligence Study.