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EHRs and Rural Hospitals: Simpler is Better

One of the many health care-related challenges that Americans living in rural areas face is the staggering rate of hospital closures in recent years. Since 2010, 26 states have seen the closure of at least one rural hospital; put differently, the facilities have been closing at a rate of approximately one per month, leaving patients […]

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How to Avoid Unnecessary Tests? EHRs Can Help

In the numerous debates that lawmakers have had about health care, particularly as Congress continues to consider the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there seems to be at least one thing that both sides of the aisle can agree on: there’s far too much wasteful spending on health care. A key contributor to […]

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Survey Says: Providers, Orgs Value Telehealth

It’s no secret that patient demand for telehealth and mHealth services has grown in recent years, with some patients even factoring the provision of these services into their choice of health care providers. And health care organizations have responded in kind, with survey after survey highlighting organizations’ plans to invest, or continue to do so, […]

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Seema Verma in Line to be Next HHS Secretary?

Following last week’s resignation of Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) amid concerns about his use of private aircraft at taxpayer expense (and continuing health care drama on Capitol Hill), the first question that likely came to mind for most health care types was this one: Who will replace Price at […]

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Does Your Plan Cover Telemedicine? Most Don’t Know

With more and more patients, providers, and health care organizations seeking to utilize telemedicine services, a new survey has shed light on widespread uncertainty among patients about whether or not their insurance plans actually provide telemedicine coverage. As Markets Insider first reported, data from a HealthMine survey showed that the majority (57 percent) of Medicare plan members […]

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Ransomware Targets Hospitals Yet Again

Only months after the WannaCry ransomware attack caused chaos at hospitals in the United Kingdom, another strain of ransomware has cybersecurity experts on high alert—and once again, health care organizations are its main target. As Healthcare IT News, Fierce Healthcare, and others first reported, a virus called Defray is making the rounds, and is specifically tailoring its […]

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Rural Hospitals Struggle With EHRs, Meaningful Use

Since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, meaningful use has helped encourage numerous health care organizations to integrate electronic health records (EHRs) into their practices. At the same time, it’s caused headaches among providers and hospitals who have found the timeline for adoption to be too rapid, or who lack the resources to […]

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Which States Excel at EHR Adoption? (And Which Struggle?)

To risk stating the obvious, for many health care organizations these days, electronic health records (EHRs) are both an essential part of their modern medical practices and (when not implemented well) a source of endless frustration. But according to a new study from think tank the Center for Data Innovation, some states have excelled when […]

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“Alexa, Call My Doctor”: Amazon Focusing on Health

What if you could order up a virtual doctor’s visit or fill a prescription as easily as you could purchase a new pair of shoes or a bottle of laundry detergent: on Amazon? According to recent reports, the company’s top-secret health care lab, dubbed “1492,” is working to make those scenarios a reality for consumers. […]

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New Legislation Would Allow for More Flexibility on Meaningful Use

Since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, meaningful use has helped encourage numerous health care organizations to integrate electronic health records (EHRs) into their practices. At the same time, it’s caused headaches among providers who have found the timeline for adoption to be too rapid. With that in mind, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) […]

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