Healthcare Transformation

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The traditional fall budget period for the healthcare payer industry looms.  Healthcare payers surveyed by IDC-Health Insights in early 2009 placed new or additional investment in core administrative applications at the top of their IT investment priorities.  Recent studies and reports suggest that different technologies may have a more significant affect or lowering costs and improving health and heatlh outcomes.  They include front facing personalized educational and communications tools fo

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Meaningful Use and CPOE: The Clock is Ticking

By Lynne A. Dunbrack

Achieving “meaningful use” is the new holy grail in the realm of electronic medical records (EMRs) and electronic health records (EHRs).   The HIT Policy Committee convened last Friday to hear from the various workgroups and receive an update from the HIT Standards Committee.   The Meaningful Use Workgroup did not recommend any changes to the second draft of its Meaningful Use Matrix, which was presented at the last HIT Policy Committee meeting on July 16, 2009.  The Wor

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Healthcare IT markets, banks, EDI and web portal vendor markets all reported expanded revenue cycle management initiatives in recent months.  Emdeon, betting on new opportunities to leverage its transaction services into broader revenue cycle management, fraud and abuse and reporting services, extended an IPO offering in late July.  This following key acquisition announcements and a partnership with Bloodhound technologies.  A number of other technology vendors with strength in transaction pr

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Last Friday, August 14, 2009, the HIT Policy Committee met and adopted additional recommendations for its definition of meaningful use, a key requirement U.S. providers must demonstrate to access stimulus funding for investment in electronic medical records (EMRs).  Friday's HIT Policy Committee publications included an update from the Meaningful Use Workgroup, a presentation from the Health Information Exchange Workgroup and a Review of Initial Recommendations by the Certification and Adoption Workgro

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