Quality & Outcomes

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HIT Policy Committee unveils 2014 draft workplan

The Health IT Policy Committee, at its meeting on Tuesday, revealed its draft workplan for 2014, in addition to discussing draft recommendations for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use incentive program.

Economy blamed for drop in routine care

The economy could be the reason many North Americans and Europeans--most notably Americans--are more reluctant to get routine medical care, according to research published in  Social Science Quarterly.

HHS rule change improves patient access to lab results

An amendment to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 regulations announced today by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services boosts access to completed lab test results for patients and designated patient representatives.   The final rule, to be officially published in the Federal Register Feb. 6, also eliminates an exception under HIPAA that kept patients from accessing their own protected health information when it was held by a CLIA-certified or CLIA-exempt lab.   Read more...

EHR safety guides meant for 'all' providers

Providers of all types and sizes should work to reduce the threat of patient harm when electronic health records are used, and learn to apply best practices by relying on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's new SAFER guides, according to several developers of the guides, speaking on a webinar produced by ONC on Jan. 30.

Providers, vendors must take responsibility for their actions

We tell our kids to own up to their missteps and correct them. But too many adults don't seem to follow the same advice, blaming others for their own errors and failing in some instances to even acknowledge their accountability, let alone step up to the plate and fix it. Unfortunately, the electronic health record industry is not immune from this problem. In recent weeks we've seen a rash of these instances.

EHRs improve identification, testing of infants at risk for Hep C

Using the features in an electronic health record can improve identification and follow up of infants born to mothers infected with Hepatitis C and at high risk of the disease themselves, according to a study published this month in the  Pediatric Infections Disease Journal.

Health IT momentum must be maintained through 'pivot,' DeSalvo says

Newly appointed National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo talked about the importance of constant progression for health IT as ONC enters what she called a "pivot" stage, at a town hall meeting Thursday afternoon at the agency's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Telehealth pilot a hit with patients at HHC

With 11 acute care hospitals, six diagnostic treatment hospitals and four long-term treatment facilities, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation is a busy and dynamic place. That can be rewarding, but size and volume present challenges, too. Technology can play a real role in improving the quality and efficiency of care, Louis Capponi, M.D., chief medical informatics officer for HHC, told  FierceHealthIT  in an exclusive interview. 

U.S., U.K. collaborate on health IT sharing initiative

With an eye on improving healthcare quality and efficiency, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.K.'s National Health Service will share health IT information and tools with one another after signing an agreement Thursday at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Improving kids' care: Beacon Communities talk about what works

Technology, including portals and text alerts, is at the heart of one Beacon Community's efforts to improve communication between caregivers, physicians and schools about managing children's asthma.