HIMSS Analytics Honors Lancaster General Health With Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

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HIMSS Analytics awarded Lancaster General Health (LGH), in Lancaster, Pa., with its Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. The award represents Lancaster General Health’s attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model™ (EMRAM) for both its hospital and physician practices. Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the
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Patient Portal Adoption: Baby Boomers vs. Millennials Infographic

Healthcare Portals: Millennials and Baby Boomers Engage in Uniqu

In its annual survey on the usage of electronic health records, Xerox found many Americans are open to getting medical records online if given instruction on how to obtain access by their medical providers.  Based on requirements set out by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, providers can earn Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 federal incentives if they demonstrate that five percent of patients are using secure portals to view, download and transmit their health information. Although
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Can A Mobile Health App Reduce Eye Age by 8.6 Years?

Mobile Health App Reduce Eye Age by 8.6 Years

Can a mobile health app improve your eye vision? Various studies in neuroscience and advances in mobile technology healthcare seem to show that it is possible. GlassesOff is a new mobile health app that is clinically proven to reduce “eye age” by an average of 8.6 years. It is designed to reduce and eventually eliminate your dependence on reading glasses. What is the app all about and how does it work? Is it really as helpful as it claims to be? Is there scientific data to support the claims?
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50% of Eligible Professionals Will Face Meaningful Use Penalties in 2015

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Starting January 5th, 2015 about 257,000 Medicare eligible professionals (EPs) will face meaningful use penalties, according to CMS officials. EPs must successfully attest for Meaningful Use on or before Oct. 1, 2014 in order to avoid a penalty.   The announcement also revealed during a press call on Wednesday afternoon revealed of those 257,000 EPs identified, 28,000 will face a 2 percent penalty for failing to meet the e-prescribing requirement. Additionally, more than 200 eligible
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Premier, Inc. Joins the Coalition for ICD-10

Coalition for ICD-10

The Coalition for ICD-10, a broad-based healthcare industry advocacy group, today announced the addition of Premier, Inc. to its member roster. Premier, a leading healthcare improvement company, unites an alliance of approximately 3,400 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers to enable better care and outcomes at a lower cost. The Coalition for ICD-10 brings together hospitals, health plans, medical device manufacturers, coding specialists, physician office managers, and health information
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Dell: 96% of Healthcare Organizations Turn to the Cloud

Dell Healthcare Cloud

  96 percent of healthcare organizations are using or considering using the cloud, according to the Dell Global Technology Adoption Index. The survey finds the healthcare industry is not only rapidly transforming but is more successfully closing the gap in cloud adoption when compared to other industries.  Key Findings - The majority of healthcare respondents are using private cloud (43 percent) or a hybrid cloud solution (43 percent). - Healthcare confidence in the security of data
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64% of Americans Do Not Use Online Patient Portals

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64 percent of Americans do not currently use online patient portals, according to the results of Xerox's 5th annual EHR Survey. The survey revealed that 57 percent of Americans would be much more interested and proactive in their personal healthcare if they had online access to their medical records. Of those Americans that don’t use patient portals, 35 percent did not know a portal was available and 31 percent said their physician had never spoken to them about portals. Based on requirements
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Nuance Receives High KLAS Rankings for Quality and CDI

Nuance's Clintegrity CDI

Nuance today announced that it has been rated #1 for regulatory reporting in the industry report, “Quality Management 2014: The Race Gets Closer,” issued by KLAS Enterprises. The report surveyed more than 200 healthcare providers on their satisfaction with vendors’ quality management offerings, including regulatory reporting, benchmarking, safety/risk management, and effectiveness in improving patient care. This is Nuance’s second recent KLAS accolade as their J. A. Thomas & Associates
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Consortium for National Health Information Exchange Launches

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  Representatives from approximately 20 health information exchanges (HIEs) nationally have come together to form a national consortium called the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC). SHIEC aims to assist and advance member HIEs through the exchange of ideas and business improvements as well as through public education and advocacy. The group has developed a formal organization with by-laws and an elected board of directors. An executive director will be named
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7 Best Practices for Revenue Cycle Management Optimization

Optimize Your Revenue Cycle Management

  Today’s healthcare landscape of increased regulations and pay-for-performance models, combined with declining reimbursements, has made revenue cycle management (RCM) critical for success. Health costs continue to rise and employee contributions are increasing at a rapid pace. In fact, employee contributions have outpaced employer contributions by 6% over the last 5 years and deductibles have steadily increased. Providers, therefore, will need to respond with thoughtful strategies
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