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Only 1% of Eligible Meaningful Use Stage 2 Facilities Succeeded

About 1000 physicians and other eligible healthcare professionals have attested in 2014 to meeting the more strict Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. However, only 10 facilities have done so through the first half their program year. Although it is a small number, it only accounts for the first three months since Stage 2 requires 90 …more

Consolidation Could Be Next for Academic Medical Centers

Academic medical centers are considered creme of the crop healthcare institutions in America. It is however, becoming a nightmare to fund such highly advanced facilities. The University of Arizona Health Network is the only academic medical center in Arizona and has been, “undercapitalized”, according to┬áMichael Waldrum, M.D., president and CEO of UAHN. The University decided …more

Doctors, Nurses Urge Action Following Hobby Lobby Decision

The United States Supreme Court recently made a decision, 5-4, that four types of contraceptives do not have to be provided by privately held companies if owners have religious objections. This was a win for religious fanatics, but that’s as far it goes. The American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of …more

Obama To Nominate Former P&G Chief McDonald As Next VA Secretary

President Barack Obama plans on nominating former Proctor & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary. McDonald graduated near the top of his class at the prestigious West Point and served as a captain in the Army. To read more, Click Here!

Verizon introduces Virtual Visits

What if you could have a doctors appointment over the web, through your phone, tablet, or laptop? That is exactly what Verizon is trying to do with providers that use their service. Emergency departments spend around $4.4 billion on routine, urgent care. Verizon’s new service will try and address this issue. To learn more, click …more

Speech Recognition Proving Its Worth

It seems that speech recognition is a win-win situation at the end of the day. It can upgrade clinical documentation as the demand for it increases, per request from the government, and there aren’t enough medical transcriptionists to meet current and future demands anyways. It will also reduce transcription costs, reduce documentation and they will …more

Google Glass plus EHR

Drchrono, an EHR company is taking full advantage of the Google Glass. According to drchrono CEO Michael Nusimow, doctors want to use more hands-free technology. Google Glass would allow them to take pictures, videos, show patient profiles, and pretty much anything that a doctor would love. The get the full scoop click here!

Obamacare’s Influence on the Uninsured

Six out of ten people who obtained insurance through the Obamacare exchanges had no prior insurance for at least two years. And out of that 60%, half did not have insurance for at least the past five years. These numbers differ greatly from the studies done by RAND Corp. and McKinsey & Co., which indicated …more

Former ONC chief launches startup

With $4.5 in seed money, former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, launched Aledade, a start up aimed to support primary care doctors. He will help physicians form accountable care organizations. Aledade’s mission is to “empower doctors on the front lines of medicine with cutting edge technology that helps them understand and improve the health of …more

CMS Reports Slight Increases in Stage 2 Attestations

The CMS, HHS, and ONC reported increases in incentive programs activity across the board. More eligible hospitals and eligible professionals are participating in the programs and core objective thresholds have increased as EPs are making more use of MU. To get the specific numbers, click here!

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