In the past five years, physician Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption has surged, reaching all corners of the country. The percentage of physicians e-Prescribing via an EHR has accelerated from 7 percent in December 2008 to 66 percent as of December 2013.

Follow this link for an animation of e-Prescribing acceleration from 2008 through 2013:http://dashboard.healthit.gov/quickstats/images/infographics/Percent-Physicians-eRx-through-EHR.gif

Practitioners are continuing to invest in electronic health records (EHRs), specifically to improve access for patients, according to an article published June 13 in Medical Economics. The author of the article, Donna Marbury, reports on the initial findings of an ongoing survey by EHR consulting firm Software Advice. The results indicate that 35 percent of EHR users report investing more money in patient portals in 2014.

The rise of electronic health records is a double-edged sword for businesses and the health care industry. Although they make recordkeeping much simpler and reduce the risk of errors, they also are an inviting target for cyber thieves. “The health care industry is arguably the most heavily regulated in the area of privacy and data security," said Al Saikali, a partner and co-chair of Shook Hardy & Bacon’s Data Security and Data Privacy Practice Group, based in Miami.

Data attacks on healthcare organizations have increased a whopping 100 percent from just four years ago, a reality that has chief security and information officers in a dash to stay ahead of the data protection curve.

Free ServicesYour mother was right, nothing in life is free. Every business exists to make money and they do that by selling a product to a customer. No product, no paying customer, no revenue, no business. Companies offering "free" EMRs to physician practices are no different. They are not defying the laws of nature.

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner urging more oversight for electronic funds transfers (EFTs) for the payments of medical services.  While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes measures to simpl

Pay-for-performance reimbursement is not all it’s cracked up to be for 33% of healthcare representatives who think that accountable care will reduce profits and wreak havoc on the revenue cycle, according to a new KPMG poll.  While EHRs and other technologies may ultimately have a positive impact on patient care, respondents believe that 

 

A recent survey from FICO has found four of five smartphone users are interested in mobile healthcare interactions. An announcement of the study’s results reveals 76 percent of respondents would be interested in reminders of their appointments and 69 percent would also like to receive alerts when it is time for them to schedule appointments or take their medications.

Everyone agrees that health IT safety is important.  Promoting Patient Safety Through Effective Health Information Technology Risk Management is a research report that looks into the challenges faced by hospitals and ambulatory practices that implement health IT risk management interventions.  The research was conducted by RAND Corporation and the ECRI Institute under contract to ONC.

CMSOn July 3rd, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule.