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Hospital CEO uses IT staff to spy on physician

While some hospitals have turned to technology to help monitor employee habits like hand washing, using such tools to spy on employee phone calls is far from a recommended practice. That, however, didn't stop an Idaho-based hospital CEO from using IT department personnel to monitor the communications of a now former staff doctor.

HIEs maintain a more accurate medication list than ED records

Health information exchanges offer the potential to offer doctors in the emergency department a more accurate list of medications that a patient is taking than the drug list recorded by the triage...

5 health IT leaders who could helm ONC

Who do our readers think is the most likely person to replace Farzad Mostashari as National Coordinator for Health IT this fall? Check out our slideshow to find out. View slideshow

QR codes on vaccines can help reduce errors, collect EHR data

QR codes placed on vaccine products helped providers automatically upload patient data to electronic health records, and added vaccination data to the provider's state immunization registry without the risk of manual data entry errors or incomplete information, according to the results of a pilot study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CMS looks to develop computer matching agreements for data hub

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will form computer matching agreements with the Internal Revenue Service and the Veterans Health Administration to help regulate information to be shared via the Affordable Care Act's data hub, it announced this week.

Physicians: EHR costs outweigh financial benefits

Electronic health record provider athenahealth's recently published Physician Sentiment Index report finds that although most physicians believe EHRs can improve outcomes, more than half also say that the cost of such tools outweighs their benefit.

Varying stakeholder value assessments impact health IT adoption

Innovations might be slow to spread in healthcare because of various stakeholders' differing views of their value, according to a study published this week in  BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.

AHRQ: Health IT can improve patient outcomes

Health IT systems such as clinical decision support, clinical workflow support and care coordination can improve healthcare outcomes, a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality...

4 reasons docs can't separate the personal from the professional online

A study in the  Journal of the American Medical Association  examines the ethical issues surrounding physicians and social media--and the industry guideline that docs separate their personal and professional online presence is problematic, the authors conclude.

Insurance exchange design could save individuals, government $9 billion

Smart design of health insurance exchanges that will enable Americans to purchase individuals coverage under the Affordable Care Act could save consumers and the government more than $9 billion annually, according to a new collaborative study.