The Ebola debacle at Texas Health Resources, and the possible role of the hospital's electronic health record system in the misdiagnosis of patient Thomas Eric Duncan, has spurred questions and action regarding how to improve EHRs in screening for the disease.
As hospitals prepare to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding by October 2015, computer-assisted coding (CAC)tools will become increasingly important, so much so that, according to a new HIMSS Analytics report, they have the highest growth potential out of 25 support service applications.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework would be "more useable and more prescriptive" for healthcare entities if it gave more specific guidance on implementation, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's Lee Kim.
Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) pledged a "broad discussion" on the Department of Veterans Affairs' role in mental health research after the revelation that the Waco VA facility wasted millions, according to the Associated Press.
Health officials said the revised, stricter guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are more stringent and will help prevent further spread of the Ebola virus, according to CBS News.
Sometimes, with all that's going on with mobile healthcare technology--from emerging tools and the stream of research reports to product development and deployment--it can be easy for tech experts to become too focused on being first and ahead of the pack rather than producing a viable and validated product.
Back in the 1990s the American College of Radiology began a huge project to define the appropriate use of different imaging technologies. This effort--the ACR Appropriateness Criteria--is continually updated and covers all medical procedures, helping healthcare providers conduct the most appropriate medical imaging exam for a patient's clinical condition. Recent research shows us, however, that some work still needs to be done when it comes to the use of appropriateness criteria.
A review of appropriateness criteria of outpatient abdominal and pelvic CT and MRI exams published in Academic Radiology has found that of the exams matched with American College of Radiology appropriateness criteria, a high percentage were appropriate and more likely to lead to significant results than inappropriate studies.
With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services poised to make a decision about coverage of low dose CT screening for lung cancer, two editorials published online last week in JAMA Internal Medicine took another look at an issue that continues to generate a lot of controversy.
Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations on Oct. 16, Texas Health Resources Chief Clinical Officer Daniel Varga spoke about electronic health record documentation and updates made to the hospital's system in the wake of treatment for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week.