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How clinical data use benefits from academic-industry partnerships

As the use of electronic clinical data in care delivery increases, so, too, will carefully considered collaborations by academic institutions and health industry players, according to a recently published viewpoint in the  Journal of the American Medical Association. And despite skeptics' concerns about compromised results due to potentially distorted data, ensuring industry involvement in such efforts is not only beneficial to both sides, but also should be considered necessary, the authors say.

'Everybody wins' with medical scribes

In an era where doctors spend hours a day filling out forms, scheduling patients, searching for data and coordinating care to improve quality and lower costs, medical scribes could be the key to freeing doctors to spend more time treating and interacting with patients, according to an opinion piece in the  Wall Street Journal. 

OpenNotes initiative expands to Northwest health organizations

Prodded by the nonprofit group,  We Can Do Better,  nine prominent health organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington will open electronic doctor notes to their patients via the OpenNotes initiative, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Query Health pilots boost population health data exchange

Three pilot projects have illustrated the potential of the Query Health initiative to handle population-level health queries across diverse clinical systems, according to new research in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT launched the initiative, a public-private partnership, in 2011 to develop standards and services to enable distributed, secure, standards-based population health measurement.

Attorney: Cloud vendor contracts wrought with pitfalls

Despite the surge by providers to cloud-based electronic health record systems, cloud vendor contracts still are wrought with pitfalls and "threats", according to attorney Steven Fox with Post & Schell, who spoke on a recent webinar sponsored by the American Bar Association's Health Law Section.

Initial health IT framework proposal: A mixed bag

The proposed strategy and recommendations for a health IT risk-based framework are being viewed both postively and negatively for the mHealth industry, getting kudos for its international...

It's time to tech-mobilize the hardest working staff in healthcare

Anyone who has spent time in a hospital, either as a patient or as a caregiver, knows the heart and soul of a hospital is the nursing staff, from the RNs overseeing the unit to the nursing students...

CMS releases PQRS, eRx progress report

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a new report on two of its pay-for-reporting incentive programs for eligible professionals (EPs): the Physician Quality Reporting System...

Leverage analytics for better business decisions

Data analytics has become vital in today's health insurance environment. It not only offers insurers the opportunity to harness lots of data to effectively deter fraud, waste and abuse, it also helps them identify areas to improve quality and reduce cost.

Healthcare leaders boast higher digital IQ than most

Though technology is a top priority for executives around the globe, only one in five companies claim an excellent "digital IQ"--and healthcare execs are leading the pack, according to PriceWaterhouseCooper's sixth annual survey.