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#1
Vindell Washington, Karen DeSalvo, Farzad Mostashari, David Blumenthal
More than a decade ago, the National Academy of Medicine outlined the serious consequences of a paper-based health system: redundant tests; increased costs; uncoordinated and fragmented care; medical decisions made with incomplete data, leading to adverse events; and potential clinical innovations..
September 7, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877012/the-hitech-era-in-retrospect
#2
John D Halamka, Micky Tripathi
At a high level, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 accomplished something miraculous: the vast majority of U.S. hospitals and physicians are now active users of electronic health record (EHR) systems. No other sector of the U.S. economy of..
September 7, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817324/legal-practical-and-ethical-considerations-for-making-online-patient-portals-accessible-for-all
#3
Courtney R Lyles, Jim Fruchterman, Mara Youdelman, Dean Schillinger
Largely driven by the financial incentives of the HITECH Act's Meaningful Use program as part of federal US health care reform, access to portal Web sites has rapidly expanded, allowing many patients to view their medical record information online. Despite this expansion, there is little attention paid to the accessibility of portals for more vulnerable patient populations-especially patients with limited health literacy or limited English proficiency, and individuals with disabilities. We argue that there are potential legal mandates for improving portal accessibility (e...
October 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814990/privacy-and-security-in-multi-user-health-kiosks
#4
Harold Takyi, Valerie Watzlaf, Judith Tabolt Matthews, Leming Zhou, Dilhari Dealmeida
Enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) has gotten stricter and penalties have become more severe in response to a significant increase in computer-related information breaches in recent years. With health information said to be worth twice as much as other forms of information on the underground market, making preservation of privacy and security an integral part of health technology development, rather than an afterthought, not only mitigates risks but also helps to ensure HIPAA and HITECH compliance...
2017: International Journal of Telerehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699843/social-workers-have-an-obligation-to-all-patients-regarding-confidentiality-%C3%A2-however-for-some-patients-the-obligation-is-greater
#5
Karlynn BrintzenhofeSzoc, Caitlyn Gilbert
Social workers are held to many ethical obligations regarding patients including maintaining patient confidentiality and staying up to date on confidentiality laws, statutes, and regulations. As the landscape of health care continues to change, including the increased use of technology to maintain patient records, highlights this need. The changes in the regulations on confidentiality of those who are receiving substance use treatment, 42 CFR Part 2, are presented. The other regulations and laws covered include HIPAA, HITECH, and the ACA...
July 12, 2017: Social Work in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666044/electronic-health-record-implementation-is-associated-with-a-negligible-change-in-outpatient-volume-and-billing
#6
Matthew L Webb, Daniel D Bohl, Jennifer M Fischer, Andre M Samuel, Adam M Lukasiewicz, Bryce A Basques, Jonathan N Grauer
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act mandated that hospitals begin using electronic health records (EHRs). To investigate potential up-coding, we reviewed billing data for changes in patient volumes and up-coding around the time of EHR implementation at our academic medical center. We identified all new, consultation, and return outpatient visits on a monthly basis in the general internal medicine and orthopedics departments at our center. We compared the volume of patient visits and the level of billing coding in these 2 departments before and after their transitions to ambulatory EHRs...
May 2017: American Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566989/potential-effects-of-the-electronic-health-record-on-the-small-physician-practice-a-delphi-study
#7
Chad C Sines, Gerald R Griffin
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act established the requirement of all medical practices to have certified electronic health records (EHRs). Some primary concerns that have been delaying implementation are issues of cost, revenue impact, and the effect on the patient encounter. Small physician practices (one to four physicians) account for 46 percent of all physicians. The purpose of this qualitative study using a modified Delphi research design was to examine the potential effect of the adoption of the EHR on revenue, unintended costs or savings, and changes in the patient encounter...
2017: Perspectives in Health Information Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375918/mitigating-cybersecurity-risks
#8
Rachel V Rose, Joseph S Kass
Cybersecurity issues and their impact on compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act are becoming more of an enforcement focus for a variety of government agencies, including the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Justice. In the case presented in this article, a nurse in a neurology practice opted to speak with a patient about human immunodeficiency virus testing procedures in a manner audible to others in the waiting room...
April 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347440/rate-of-electronic-health-record-adoption-in-south-korea-a-nation-wide-survey
#9
Young-Gun Kim, Kyoungwon Jung, Young-Taek Park, Dahye Shin, Soo Yeon Cho, Dukyong Yoon, Rae Woong Park
OBJECTIVE: The adoption rate of electronic health record (EHR) systems in South Korea has continuously increased. However, in contrast to the situation in the United States (US), where there has been a national effort to improve and standardize EHR interoperability, no consensus has been established in South Korea. The goal of this study was to determine the current status of EHR adoption in South Korean hospitals compared to that in the US. METHODS: All general and tertiary teaching hospitals in South Korea were surveyed regarding their EHR status in 2015 with the same questionnaire as used previously...
May 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272599/health-information-exchange-in-us-hospitals-the-current-landscape-and-a-path-to-improved-information-sharing
#10
REVIEW
A Jay Holmgren, Julia Adler-Milstein
Electronic health information exchange (HIE) was a foundational goal of the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, but 7 years later we are far from a nationally interoperable health system. Connected electronic health records have the potential to enable fast access to a wealth of clinical data and can deliver a solution to the highly fragmented US healthcare system. In this review, we present a history and background of HIE, including its potential to deliver significant cost savings to the healthcare system...
March 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235750/the-state-of-open-source-electronic-health-record-projects-a-software-anthropology-study
#11
Mona Alsaffar, Peter Yellowlees, Alberto Odor, Michael Hogarth
BACKGROUND: Electronic health records (EHR) are a key tool in managing and storing patients' information. Currently, there are over 50 open source EHR systems available. Functionality and usability are important factors for determining the success of any system. These factors are often a direct reflection of the domain knowledge and developers' motivations. However, few published studies have focused on the characteristics of free and open source software (F/OSS) EHR systems and none to date have discussed the motivation, knowledge background, and demographic characteristics of the developers involved in open source EHR projects...
February 24, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893503/impacting-care-and-treatment-of-the-burn-patient-conversion-to-electronic-documentation
#12
Holly M Hampe, Terri Keeling, Michelle Fontana, Debbie Balcik
Improving patient care through enhanced electronic communication among health care providers is aimed at reducing the number of medication and medical errors. The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) was signed into law in 2009, supporting the federal government's commitment to the improvement of health care quality, safety, and efficiency through requirements to implement an electronic health record by October 2015 or hospitals and eligible providers potentially realizing penalties or reduced reimbursement rates...
January 2017: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864481/meaningful-use-in-chronic-care-improved-diabetes-outcomes-using-a-primary-care-extension-center-model
#13
Samuel Cykert, Ann Lefebvre, Thomas Bacon, Warren Newton
BACKGROUND: The effect of practice facilitation that provides onsite quality improvement (QI) and electronic health record (EHR) coaching on chronic care outcomes is unclear. This study evaluates the effectiveness of such a program-similar to an agricultural extension center model-that provides these services. METHODS: Through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers program became the Regional Extension Center for Health Information Technology (REC) for North Carolina...
November 2016: North Carolina Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805548/state-variation-in-electronic-sharing-of-information-in-physician-offices-united-states-2015
#14
Eric W Jamoom, Ninee Yang
Data from the National Electronic Health Records Survey •In 2015, the percentage of physicians who had electronically sent patient health information ranged from 19.4% in Idaho to 56.3% in Arizona. •In 2015, the percentage of physicians who had electronically received patient health information ranged from 23.6% in Louisiana and Mississippi to 65.5% in Wisconsin. •In 2015, the percentage of physicians who had electronically integrated patient health information from other providers ranged from 18.4% in Alaska to 49...
October 2016: NCHS Data Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752295/observations-illustrating-the-use-of-health-informatics-to-link-public-health-immunization-registries-and-pharmacies-to-increase-adult-immunization-rates-and-improve-population-health-outcomes
#15
Michael Popovich, Brandy Altstadter, Lara Hargraves Popovich
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act encourages health information exchange between clinical care and public health through Meaningful Use measures. Meaningful Use specifically identifies objectives to support a number of public health programs including immunizations, cancer registries, syndromic surveillance, and disease case reports. The objective is to improve public and population health. Stage 2 of Meaningful Use focused on compliance to sending of information to public health...
2016: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27714560/barriers-to-electronic-health-record-adoption-a-systematic-literature-review
#16
REVIEW
Clemens Scott Kruse, Caitlin Kristof, Beau Jones, Erica Mitchell, Angelica Martinez
Federal efforts and local initiatives to increase adoption and use of electronic health records (EHRs) continue, particularly since the enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Roughly one in four hospitals not adopted even a basic EHR system. A review of the barriers may help in understanding the factors deterring certain healthcare organizations from implementation. We wanted to assemble an updated and comprehensive list of adoption barriers of EHR systems in the United States...
December 2016: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27708172/handling-big-data-in-modern-healthcare
#17
Hassan A Aziz
The constant growth of medical knowledge and the increases in specialization in clinical practice have created a significant need to share and access patient information with speed and efficiency. However, current technology is centered on processing data, rather than gathering information. To realize the potential of modern technology in improving patient health, merely collecting and storing data are insufficient: one must convert these data into information and knowledge. In this article, I present an overview of 2 recent advances in technology and their assimilation into the practice of medicine, in the attempt to make clinical data meaningful and then to learn from aggregated clinical data...
November 2016: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27624860/pharmacy-and-primary-care-perspectives-on-e-prescribing-in-a-rural-community-a-focused-ethnography
#18
Sarah Kooienga, Reshmi L Singh
BACKGROUND: Electronic prescribing (ERx) is the ability for prescriber to send a digital prescription directly to a pharmacist through a dedicated secure network. A number of federally funded incentives such as the health information technology for economic and clinical health (HITECH) and Meaningful Use standards have led to ERx implementation. ERx is an integral part of primary care practice and today most community pharmacies are enabled to accept e-prescriptions. Little is known about the experience of rural pharmacists, primary care providers and patients regarding e-prescribing...
August 25, 2016: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27620687/assessing-hitech-implementation-and-lessons-5-years-later
#19
Marsha Gold, Catherine McLAUGHLIN
POLICY POINTS: The expansive goals of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act required the simultaneous development of a complex and interdependent infrastructure and a wide range of relationships, generating points of vulnerability. While federal legislation can be a powerful stimulus for change, its effectiveness also depends on its ability to accommodate state and local policies and private health care markets. Ambitious goals require support over a long time horizon, which can be challenging to maintain...
September 2016: Milbank Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27573322/impact-of-the-hitech-financial-incentives-on-ehr-adoption-in-small-physician-owned-practices
#20
Martin F Cohen
BACKGROUND: Physicians in small physician-owned practices in the United States have been slower to adopt EHRs than physicians in large practices or practices owned by large organizations. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 included provisions intended to address many of the potential barriers to EHR adoption cited in the literature, including a financial incentives program that has paid physicians and other professionals $13 billion through December 2015...
October 2016: International Journal of Medical Informatics
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