EHR Adoption On The Rise In The ER

The CDC reports a dramatic increase in emergency room and ambulatory EHR adoption from 2006-2011. By Katie Wike, contributing writer

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The ONC’s Olive Branch

Just when the Meaningful Use program was on life support, the ONC makes two key announcements that seem to have healthcare leaders rallying around the program (and the organization) once again.

The Future Of Healthcare Depends On Price Transparency

A new Harris Poll suggests cost fears keep many people from visiting the doctor even if they are insured. This telling data is yet another illustration of the need for price transparency in healthcare.

Health Providers Need To Get With The Times

As the prevalence of high-deductible health plans continue to rise, patient convenience will become more and more important. Small, independent health providers need to invest in the technologies necessary to cater to the most basic customer demands.

Why Gamification Is Failing In Healthcare

Healthcare gamification is generating a lot of hype, but little adoption. Why? It turns out most of today’s healthcare gamification apps aren’t games at all. This article provides some tips for improving gamification in healthcare.

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    It is strange to discuss disrupting EHRs since their widespread adoption began only five years ago with the HITECH Act of 2009. In the last five years, there have been hospital and EHR adoption rate increases of almost 50 percent and 26 percent, according to the 2014 Report to Congress on Health IT Adoption. 

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  • What Could The Proposed MSSP Rules Changes Mean For ACOs

    2014 was another year of learning for ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). So far, the results have been uneven, as three out of four ACOs launched in 2012 and 2013 did not save enough to earn bonuses.

  • What The Anthem Breach Teaches Us About Access Control

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  • All Signs Point To Population Health Management

    In this recent Becker’s Hospital Review article, I found it notable that so many of the top 10 challenges and opportunities for hospitals in 2015 were related to population health management. In addition to population health, which was called out on its own, five other related trends included the shift to value-based reimbursement, M&A, system integration, the use of data, and the need to lower costs due to reimbursement rate differences.

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