Big Data Holds Promise for Physician Practices, Challenges for HIM

Big Data has the potential to transform how office- and hospital-based physicians treat their patients , even though the starting point is hard for most providers to see right now, a panel of experts acknowledged this week.

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Legal Challenges in Using and Integrating Laboratory Data in EHRs

By Rick Chung, JD and Matthew Palatnik Editor’s note: This post is the first in a two-part article installment. The conclusion of the article will be posted Monday, June 3....

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ONC Issues Governance Framework for HIEs

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has developed the Governance Framework for Trusted Electronic Health Information Exchange that healthcare organizations and physicians can use to align their health information exchange systems.

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Can HIEs and NHIN Direct Co-exist?

When the Office of the National Coordinator announced the development of NHIN Direct, many involved with creating state-level health information exchanges (HIEs) wondered where it left their organizations. NHIN Direct, expected to begin testing this summer, will offer secure, point-to-point information exchange over the Internet for simple transmissions that may currently be handled via fax or mail, such as referrals. The proposal,...

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