Specialty Topic: The True Cost of EHR Downtime

As hospitals and offices transition from paper records to electronic records, one important, often overlooked consideration that organizations need to ensure is adequate system uptime. Very few organizations realize the true cost of a system outage – for example just 15 minutes of downtime for a 5 provider practice can cost over $500. In an effort to raise awareness to this problem, Stratus Technologies has created an infographic outlining the costs of EHR downtime.
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CMS Proposes MU Attestation for Clinical Quality Measures in 2012

Hospitals, critical access hospitals and eligible professionals may continue to report clinical quality measures for meaningful use via attestation in 2012, just as they must do in 2011, according to two proposed rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Also, just like 2011, the measures must be calculated using meaningful use-certified electronic health records.The provision, with varying language, is in separate proposed rules setting Medicare's hospital outpatient
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Toolkits: eHI Releases Updated Health Information Exchange Toolkit

The eHealth Initiative recently released the second phase of the third generation of its Health Information Exchange (HIE) Toolkit, an online resource to empower health care leaders managing the challenges associated with developing, adopting, operating, and sustaining a health information exchange.Phase II of the new eHI Toolkit is now online and available to the public. This "primer" addresses the next steps needed for starting an HIE - creating a sustainable model, technical aspects of
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Specialty Article: Growing Pains: Medical Device Interoperability

Both provider organizations and medical device vendors have made significant, if slow-going, progress over the last several years to network their digitally-enabled medical devices. Recent strides in both the regulatory and standards arenas have provided renewed impetus on the part of both stakeholder groups to bring more interoperability to disparate medical devices, resulting in better security and quality of patient data.As healthcare providers continue their steady march toward implementing
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Northern Virginia Regional Health Information Organization Inc. Launches Innovative Medication History Service

 In an emergency department (ED), where patients’ health and safety hang in the balance, every second counts. Now, Inova Alexandria Hospital ED clinicians can quickly access a patient’s prescriptions information, no matter where in the U.S. they were written, enhancing care quality and safety.The April medication history service launch in this busy Washington, D.C. suburb ED marks the first project milestone for the Northern Virginia Regional Health Information Organization (NoVaRHIO). This
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