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Open-source population health module achieves 2014 EHR certification

A free population health tool that can import data and calculate, display and export electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM) is now certified as a 2014 electronic health record module, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. 

When technology is a barrier to care

Are doctors suffering at the hands of the Herzberg principle--which says that the best way to discourage workers is to subject them to policies and procedures that don't make sense? 

Care-coordination grant helps Unity tie data together

A $14 million state grant for data sharing and improved care coordination provided the means and opportunity for Rochester, N.Y.-based Unity Health System to build a private infrastructure that ties...

David Blumenthal: Benefits of HIT programs will surface with time

An "asymmetry of benefits" for providers has kept the healthcare industry from ubiquitous adoption of health IT--and electronic health records, in particular--and thus realizing its full potential, according to David Blumenthal, former national coordinator for health IT and current president of The Commonwealth Fund.

Indian Health Service systems hacked in mock cyber attack

The 28-hospital Indian Health Service--a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services agency that provides healthcare to Native American and Alaskan Natives--failed a mock cyber attack carried out by the HHS Office of Inspector General, according to a report.

Watson project to focus on individualized treatment of brain cancer

The New York Genome Center and IBM have announced a partnership to focus the Watson technology on helping oncologists deliver more personalized care to cancer patients, according to an announcement....

Lessons from Cleveland Clinic's patient-satisfaction strategy

Want to increase patient satisfaction scores and the payer bonuses that come with them? Look no further than your millennial patients, born between 1980 and 2000, a large demographic with a unique set of expectations.

Physician adoption of EHRs up 10%

Electronic health record use continues to rise, increasing 10.7 percent from last year and bringing EHR adoption to 61 percent of physicians overall, according to a new report.

Employment or solo practice: Which is right for you?

There are pros and cons to every practice model. A recent  Medscape  survey of 4,600 doctors--including many with experience in both environments--compared how physicians feel about employment versus working for themselves.

Online resource to aid small practices with ICD-10 switch

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched a free online resource called "Road to 10" to help small practices make the transition to ICD-10. "This transition is...