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EHRs, e-reminders don't impact racial disparities in cancer screening

Despite concerns to the contrary, electronic health records and e-reminders may not necessarily increase treatment disparities between white and non-white patients, at least when it comes to cancer screening, according to a recently published study in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Time to move on from old-school population health management

It's time to grow beyond yesterday's population health management, and health organizations must employ uncommon methods to truly discover new methods to do so, according to Jason Burke, a senior advisor for advanced analytics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Continuous monitoring helps slash hospital length of stay

Continuous, contact-free electronic monitoring of hospital patients helped to reduce length of stay by roughly 9 percent, according to research published this month in the  American Journal of Medicine.

Kaiser informatics director: IT must be about continuous quality improvement for nurses

No one IT system is perfect for improving care, according to Ann O'Brien, RN, director of clinical informatics at Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente. Rather, she said, continuous performance improvement should be the primary goal of technology use in healthcare.

Report: 90% of states fail in price transparency

Ninety percent of states do not provide sufficient healthcare pricing information to consumers, according to a report card from the nonprofits Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute and Catalyst for Payment Reform.

How nurses can maximize technology use for better patient care

Nurses looking to get the most out of healthcare IT for their patients would be wise to adopt such tools in their own everyday lives, according to Patricia Sengstack, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Bon Secours Health System, who spoke at a nursing IT summit hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT last week.

New initative to focus on 'harmonizing' CDS, electronic clinical quality measurement standards

While lauding the Health eDecisions project for its work to set standards to support clinical decision support, a Health IT Buzz post announces a new initiative called the Clinical Quality Framework...

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.

Leapfrog, Castlight partner on hospital quality reporting efforts

The Leapfrog Group announced Tuesday that it will partner with Castlight Health on a consumer-friendly analysis of nationwide health performance. 

EHRs can accurately predict sepsis

Electronic health records can be an effective way to predict the onset of sepsis, a leading cause of death and hospitalization in the United States, according to a study published at the Journal of...