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In and around the healthcare industry there has been a lot of talk about "big data" — very large sets of complex data that become difficult to process using database management tools. Big data is emerging in the industry because hospitals and health systems are collecting large amounts of data on patients every single day. The data comes for a variety of settings — clinical, billing, scheduling and so on. Unfortunately, in the past, a lot of that data was not leveraged to make patient care and hospital operations better. Recently though, there has been a shift to change that.
Dec. 31 is the deadline for physicians and other eligible professionals to report and attest to meaningful use in calendar year 2012, according to an AHA News report.
Individual physicians, eligible professionals and selected group practices may apply online for a hardship exemption under the 2013 Medicare Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, 2013, according to an AHA News Now report.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 17:03

OIG Surveys Meaningful Use Payment Recipients

The Office of Inspector General of HHS has asked hospitals to complete a survey aimed at "identifying fraud and abuse vulnerabilities in electronic health record systems," according to an AHA News Now report.
Monday, 08 October 2012 13:37

11 Survey Findings on Physicians and EMR

Electronic medical records are becoming more common and, in many cases, are perceived by physicians to be improving the quality of care, according to a recent survey commissioned by The Physicians Foundation and conducted by Merritt Hawkins.
Electronic health records are expected to play a key role in improving the quality of U.S. healthcare. For this reason, the Obama administration's $27 billion HITECH ACT is urging the implementation of EHR systems through an incentive-based program for organizations that demonstrate the meaningful use of certified EHR technology. If hospitals don't demonstrate meaningful use of EHR systems, they face reductions in Medicare reimbursements starting in 2015. On the other hand, hospitals that adopt new systems and demonstrate meaningful use are able to receive up to $2 million in incentives.
Fifty-five percent of physicians have adopted an electronic health record system and three-quarters of those adopting physicians report it's resulting in enhanced patient care, according to a recent National Center for Health Statistics study.
ChartLogic, a national provider of electronic health record services, has named Brenner Adams senior vice president of business development.
Electronic health records are widely used by California physicians, but many of their systems are not designed to meet federal standards aimed at improvising quality of healthcare, according to the report "On the Road to Meaningful Use of EHRs: A Survey of California Physicians."
The Culicchia Neurological Clinic has selected SRS, a provider of EHR technology and services, to provide an EHR and Patient Portal system for its 17 providers and three locations.
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