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Doctors can encourage patient engagement through mobile apps

Doctors can encourage patient engagement through mobile apps

Although stage 3 of meaningful use is a long ways away, the healthcare industry is preparing for it.

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Some clinicians aren't yet using e-prescribing

Some clinicians aren't yet using e-prescribing

Healthcare professionals need to use their electronic medical record systems meaningfully in order to receive incentive payments from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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OCR looking for feedback on pilot audit program

OCR looking for feedback on pilot audit program

At the end of 2011 and throughout 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights conducted a pilot audit program to make sure that medical professionals were complying with the standards set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

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Cloud computing offers wide array of benefits to healthcare organizations

Cloud computing offers wide array of benefits to healthcare organizations

Cloud computing has opened up many doors for the healthcare industry, one of which is that the solution can be used effectively so that medical organizations can reduce healthcare costs.

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ICD-10 delay draws reactions from industry, questions to the CMS

ICD-10 delay draws reactions from industry, questions to the CMS

For the time that the health care industry spent commenting on, criticizing and preparing for the Oct. 1, 2014 transition to the updated ICD-10 medical billing services, it came as a shock to some people how quickly Congress passed a bill that would delay the changeover for a year.

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Study uses EMR system to anticipate sepsis onset, mortality

Study uses EMR system to anticipate sepsis onset, mortality

When a patient is admitted to a hospital, he or she expects to be treated for a specific condition.

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HIE use reduces ER admissions, unnecessary care

HIE use reduces ER admissions, unnecessary care

The interoperability of electronic medical record systems is expected to be a major component of future meaningful use requirements, and EMR programs that effectively share information between organizations may reap more benefits than just incentive payments.

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CMS' EMR incentive payments top $22.5 billion estimate

CMS' EMR incentive payments top $22.5 billion estimate

Between meaningful use's progression to stage 2 and the impending transition to the new ICD-10 medical billing services, there are few health care professionals who have not been working around the clock to satisfy the requirements of these federal programs.

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Patient data security threatened by employee error, unencrypted mobile networks

Patient data security threatened by employee error, unencrypted mobile networks

As electronic medical records begin to share data across provider networks, the question of patient data security looms larger and larger.

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CMS updates meaningful use hardship exemption guidelines

CMS updates meaningful use hardship exemption guidelines

Between the Affordable Care Act, meaningful use progressing fully into stage 2 and the transition to the new ICD-10 medical billing service fast approaching at the beginning of October, reform has come all at once to the health care industry.

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