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Interactive patient systems (IPS) keep patient engaged and knowledgeable about their own care but have yet to reach their full potential. In a recent KLAS report, researchers examine current IPS vendors in their performance and how they plan to improve their systems.

While health IT and electronic medical records (EMRs) have reduced medication errors and improved care efficiency, incorrect implementation of such systems can lead to medication errors, misdiagnoses and treatment complications.

Individuals reading physician notes and explanations of care through a patient portal are often confused with many medical terms without the necessary explanations. Scientists have developed a virtual physician to explain test results in layman’s terms, while equipping users with charts and risk assessments of measurements.

CMS has proposed rules in updating the reporting of clinical quality measures (CQMs) and Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. CMS has also released a request for information regarding the newly proposed rules.

While the policy talk among attendees at February's HIMSS 2017 in Orlando may have been focused on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s future, HIMSS’ own policy team was spotlighting opportunities to advance its legislative and regulatory wish list under a new Congress and President Donald Trump.

 

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Interactive patient systems are valuable, but lack advanced features

Interactive patient systems (IPS) keep patient engaged and knowledgeable about their own care but have yet to reach their full potential. In a recent KLAS report, researchers examine current IPS vendors in their performance and how they plan to improve their systems.

Addressing communication gaps between physicians, in-home nurses

Efficient communication is key in providing quality care to patients. But according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, communication between physicians and home healthcare (HHC) agencies has major gaps. This gap, mainly concerning the care of elderly patients discharged from hospitals, could increase readmission rates.

Clinical decision support within EHRs decreases high-cost imaging tests

Ordering computed tomography (CT) for pulmonary embolism (PE) and brain and C-spine injury can lead to a high price tag. Researchers found clinical decision support (CDS) integrated into patient’s electronic health records (EHRs) was able to decrease utilization. Finding were published in the Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM).

Collaborative initiative aims to improve interoperability in public health

Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) and AcademyHealth have announced an initiative to improve collaboration of health and human service organizations through technology and sharing information. With $1.2 million in funding from The Kresge Foundation, the creation of the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC) will advance interoperability to benefit underserved communities.

5 principles for safely implementing health IT

While health IT and electronic medical records (EMRs) have reduced medication errors and improved care efficiency, incorrect implementation of such systems can lead to medication errors, misdiagnoses and treatment complications.

Rochester Epidemiology Project introduces data exploration portal on disease prevalence

The Rochester Epidemiology Project, a partnership of healthcare organizations in Minnesota and Wisconsin for the sharing of medical records for research, is celebrating 50 years of service. The Project is beginning in the next 50 years with the launch of the Data Exploration Portal, which aims to improve community and public health in the two states.

Virtual physician improves patient understanding of portal-delivered info

Individuals reading physician notes and explanations of care through a patient portal are often confused with many medical terms without the necessary explanations. Scientists have developed a virtual physician to explain test results in layman’s terms, while equipping users with charts and risk assessments of measurements.

ONC offers $75,000 for algorithms to reduce EMR inaccuracies

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) have announced a Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge, offering as many as six prizes of $75,000 to find the most accurate tool to eliminate data duplication in electronic medical records (EMRs).

CMS updates EHR incentive programs, clinical quality measure reporting rules

CMS has proposed rules in updating the reporting of clinical quality measures (CQMs) and Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. CMS has also released a request for information regarding the newly proposed rules.

7 health IT findings from the 2017 Healthcare Prognosis survey

President Donald Trump has had a bit of a turbulent relationship with the healthcare industry, with plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act seemingly in limbo after House Republicans pulled a potential bill before it faced a vote. The Venrock 2017 Healthcare Prognosis survey evaluates how healthcare delivery, policy and information technology companies view the landscape with the new administration.

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