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Stage 2 certified EHRs not ready for interoperability

The current architecture for data exchange required by Stage 2 of Meaningful Use does not allow for "robust" patient data sharing, according to a new study in the  Journal of the American Informatics Association.

Digital health funding on pace to surpass 2013 totals

During 2014's first six months, 143 digital health companies raised $2.3 billion, setting the stage for a record-breaking year, according to San Francisco-based digital health seed fund Rock Health.

MGMA speaks out against payers' use of 'virtual credit cards'

Earlier this month,  FierceHealthFinance  reported that hospitals raised objections to health plans' use of so-called virtual credit cards to pay claims, chiefly because they subject providers to transaction fees of up to 5 percent.

Study: Online ED learning resources must clearly demonstrate value

Emergency department professionals were skeptical of efforts to use technology to enhance interprofessional education, according to a recent study.

Payers: 2 ways to enhance call centers, customer satisfaction

As the healthcare industry gears up for the next open enrollment period in November, payers need to look for ways to improve their call centers to provide a better experience for customers. Listed below are two ways payers can better serve their members, according to a new report from consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

Boston hospital cuts cardiac-unit alarm use by close to 90 percent

​Boston Medical Center was able to reduce audible alarms in its cardiac unit by 89 percent, with no adverse events, using a series of interventions aimed at reducing "alarm fatigue."

Feds, states successfully pilot exchange of behavioral health data

Patient behavioral health data has been successfully exchanged across state lines, opening the door to further interoperability of such data, according to a new report released by ONC.

Joy Pritts: Health IT security is a constantly moving target

The biggest challenge for the next chief privacy officer at the ONC will be keeping up with the emergeing ways of sharing information, and looking at them from a privacy and security perspective, outgoing privacy head Joy Pritts said.

Docs still learning to make CDS work for them

Healthcare organizations continue to work to integrate clinical decision support systems into clinical workflow, and to overcome distaste for what many refer to as "cookbook medicine," according to physician technologist Joseph Kim.

Some hospitals using consumer data to assess patient risk

Some hospitals and providers use consumer data to identify--and intervene with--the patients most likely to have health problems, according to Bloomberg  BusinessWeek.