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Combining health systems and hospitals means combining their health information, making the health information management (HIM) strategy a critical facet of any merger, which can be tripped up by poor planning or having an unhelpful electronic health record (EHR) vendor.

Implementation of information governance practices—or at least a need to implement them in the future—is growing, according to a survey released at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

Less than 5 percent of consumers had accessed their electronic health record through a patient portal in 2013. By 2016, that number had skyrocketed to 82 percent, according to a survey released at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

The acquisition of McKesson’s Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS) business focused on hospital and health system IT by Allscripts has been completed as of Oct. 2, a move which appears to have tremendous support among providers using McKesson’s Paragon electronic health record (EHR) system.

A new administration in Washington, D.C., means changes for the regulatory landscape and enforcement for health information management, which will be the focus of David Holtzman, vice president of compliance strategies at CynergisTek, during his presentation at this week’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference.


Recent Headlines

Realizing a technologically interoperable healthcare system could save $30 Billion

If healthcare could achieve the type of interoperability in devices and information technology (IT) systems other industries take for granted, the cost of care could be lowered by billions while patient outcomes are simultaneously improved finds a whitepaper issued jointly by the West Health Institute and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

Computer virus collected data on 5,400 patients at Colorado hospital

The Valley View Hospital Association (VVH), which operates a small hospital in Gleenwood Springs, Colo., voluntarily disclosed that a virus had infected the hospital’s computers and captured data that included personal but not medical information on 5,400 patients.

UIC Researchers Find ICD-10 Transition May Cause Confusion and Financial Losses

A study by University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) researchers finds that many providers could lose both information and money during the October 1 mandated switch from the current International Classification of Diseases to its updated version.

CMS Issues Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Guidance

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday issued guidance for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals that need a temporary hardship exemption to implementation of stage 2 meaningful use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.

ONC Survey Reveals Government’s Vested Interest in HIT Security

A survey conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) finds that people who don’t trust security measures for EHRs are much less likely to support electronic health information exchange (HIE), a key goal of the ONC.

Premier Says Its Platform Helped U.S. Hospitals Save $11.65 Billion and 136,375 Lives

Over five and a half years, the approximately 350 hospitals that have participated in Premier Inc.’s QUEST collaborative beat national averages for costs and mortality through use of the QUEST methodology and integrated analytics, the Charlotte, N.C., company says. The savings so far have added up to $11.65 billion and 136,375 deaths prevented through evidence-based standardization of health care services, according to its figures.

Charles Christian, CIO, St Francis Hospital: HIT Is Enabler, Not Population Health Panacea

After working in health IT (HIT) for 30-plus years, no one could accuse Charles Christian of being a Luddite. However, as a participant in a half dozen health information exchanges (HIEs) at his former post in Indiana—and even more transitions in federal health policy—Christian is not naïve about what HIT can and cannot do when it comes to managing population health.

Christopher J. Donovan: Leveraging Data for Enterprise Business Initiatives

Data governance and discipline are keys to building a modern, maximally efficient enterprise business intelligence (EBI) platform for health care. The actual technology must be secondary to the organizational activities that go into building an EBI platform designed to serve the business information needs of the organization. The data, not the technology, should be the point of control.

Bring on the BYOD: Providing Mobile Access to Patient Data

When it comes to mobile access to patient data, CIOs have two choices: Provide a secure access method, or continue to plug the hole in the dike with their fingers—and pray. With smartphone use among physicians at 98%, according to a 2012 report from Spyglass Consulting, attending and referring physicians who find themselves locked out of mobile access to patient data are likely to be looking for workarounds to circumvent hospital policy.

The Health Information Exchange: Key Lessons in Building a Network for Health Information Sharing

The health information exchange (HIE) is a critical next step in the digital transformation of health care. With the government’s meaningful use (MU) program driving electronic health record (EHR) adoption, health systems are now challenged to create a network that connects providers together to maintain continuity of care for patients. Motivated