Quality & Outcomes

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Variability in EHR use by individual practitioners 'high'

Physicians, even those within the same practice, use their electronic health record systems differently, which may affect differences in quality and cost outcomes, according to a new study in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

VistA not cited as cause of VA wait-times scandal

An internal Department of Veterans Affairs audit of the scandal involving inordinate wait times for veterans seeking medical treatment found many widespread problems with scheduling and access to care, but did not place the fault on VistA, the VA's electronic health record system.

ONC unveils 10-year plan for healthcare interoperability

By 2024, the national health IT infrastructure and data standards will evolve to support robust information sharing and aggregation, creating a "continuous learning" environment for care, according to an ONC paper published today.

Quality of care better in medical homes using EHRs

Patient centered medical homes that use electronic health records improved the care of patients "significantly" over time compared to primary care physicians who used paper records or who used EHRs but weren't affiliated with a medical home, according to a new study in the  Annals of Internal Medicine.

U.S. researchers, U.K. partner on open data healthcare framework

The creation of a blueprint for the use of open data in healthcare was the driving force behind a recent collaboration between researchers at New York University's GovLab and England's National Health Service.

PCAST report calls on HHS to develop national health data infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must lead efforts to develop a "robust" national health information infrastructure via provider adoption of interoperable electronic health records, according to a new report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Big data lacks demonstrated 'real-world' value

Big data will not reduce costs or improve care unless the industry overcomes challenges around standards and methods, according to a NEHI report.

Norwegian American Hospital: Health IT aids quality turnaround

Abha Agrawal, M.D., chief operating officer and vice president of medical affairs, outlines how technology--including electronic medical records, quality metrics and dashboards--helped transform the struggling Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago.

CMS' post-acute care assessment tool a 'tech turkey'

CMS's CARE tool is a "technology turkey" that's not scientifically proven and will make it harder and more expensive to implement a single post-acute care assessment for...

Texting aids adolescents in chronic disease management

Texting helped teenage chronic disease patients to be more efficient in managing their condition, according to new research out of the University of California, San Diego.