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Analytics & Quality


Online ratings of physicians do not accurately represent quality or value of care, according ot a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Over-treating patients means wasted resources and increased exposure to harm for individuals. In a study published in PLOS ONE, researchers surveyed physicians on causes, prevalence and consequences of over-treatment.

Treating opioid addiction by combining primary care and addiction treatment leads to higher rates of drug abstinence, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Accessing medical information over the internet can be helpful to quickly gain tips in keeping healthy—but it's unknown how often these searches lead to one purchasing online prescriptions. A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing examined rates of pregnant women who search online for medication advice and purchase prescriptions.

Reducing the amount of avoidable emergency department (ED) visits could save healthcare organizations money while also improving patient health. A study in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care examined the types of avoidable ED visits to provide policymakers with data to help limit unnecessary ED visits.


Recent Headlines

HP to develop Texas HIE under $30M services contract Hewlett-Packard has signed a 52-month services agreement with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to create a statewide Medicaid health information exchange (HIE).
Survey: Admin costs, reimbursement top list of practice challenges Practice administration costs and reimbursement issues continue to be major sources of concern for most physicians, according to a survey of small to mid-sized medical practices conducted by Practice Fusion, a web-based EHR provider.
Report: Boomers to drive adoption of tech-enabled health products With baby boomers turning 65 in 2011, a shift toward patient-centric care, adoption and incorporation of mobile and social technologies and increased health awareness will lead to a personalization of health and wellness tools, according to a January report from MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest, one of the 27 chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum dedicating to the advancement of technology entrepreneurs.
GE, KeyHIE expand HIE collaboration GE Healthcare and Keystone Health Information Exchange (HIE), which serves central and northeast Pennsylvania communities, are expanding the regions HIE to augment its chronic disease management capabilities and broaden its reach to many more healthcare providers.
Virginia REC selects Pulse Complete EHR EHR and practice management company Pulse Systems and Virginia Health IT (VHIT), the regional extension center (REC) for the state, have signed a definitive agreement to provide Virginia physicians with complete EHR technology.
HealthTrust to offer 3M tech for ICD-10 transition HealthTrust Purchasing Group has signed an agreement with 3M Health Information Systems to offer 3M clinical documentation improvement consulting services and software, and 3M ICD-10 transition planning services to HealthTrusts network.
Study: New model could contain arthritis imaging, costs Osteoarthritis management fails to reflect evidence-based recommendations and often subjects patients to inappropriate excess imaging, according to a study published in the Jan. issue of Arthritis Care & Research. The authors argued for reform that adheres to evidence-based guidelines and delivers patient-centered and provider-integrated management.
Zoll signs testing agreement with Mass. hospital Saints Medical Center (SMC), a nonprofit healthcare facility based in Lowell, Mass., has entered into an agreement with Zoll Medical, a medical devices and software developer, to have Zoll collaborate and test new product and technology concepts with SMC, including its emergency medical service.
KLAS: Most customers are satisfied with single sign-on Single sign-on (SSO) satisfaction scores continue to outperform many other market segments, although scores have decreased somewhat over the past two years due to unforeseen complexities with SSO systems, according to a report from market research firm KLAS.
Louisiana hospital taps RelayHealth HIE St. Tammany Parish Hospital (STPH) in Covington, La., has selected RelayHealth as its partner to build a community-wide health information exchange (HIE) connecting its physicians.