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EHR Algorithm ID's Codeine Problem in Pediatric Patients

To avoid administering codeine to ultra-rapid metabolizers-individuals whose livers convert codeine to morphine so quickly the reaction can be fatal-clinicians at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tenn., have created an algorithm to help determine which pediatric patients can safely receive the analgesic. Before ordering codeine, the hospital's electronic health records (EHR) system prompts physicians to request CYP2D6 genotyping, which can distinguish ultra-rapid or poor metabolizers ...

Posted on: April 24, 2014
Anthelio Receives Highest Scores in KLAS Report

Anthelio Healthcare Solutions, the largest independent provider of technology and services to hospitals, physician practice groups and other healthcare providers, received the highest scores in the coder quality metric, 4.5 out of 5, in the recent KLAS report: "Outsourced Coding 2014: Do You Have Enough Resources For The ICD-10 Transition?""Our global certified coders know and understand that the quality of how they code impacts patient care outcomes. It's exciting to receive the highest score in coder ...

Posted on: April 23, 2014
AHIMA Coding Exams Suspended Due to 'Integrity' Concerns

The American Health Information Management Association's Certified Coding Specialist examinations have been suspended because of concerns over the integrity of the exams.Jo Santos, interim vice president for Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management - an AHIMA commission that establishes, implements, and enforces standards and procedures for certification and recertification of HIM professionals - said during a recent AHIMA webcast that additional details of the CCS ...

Posted on: April 22, 2014
Missouri School Adds Online HI Degree Program

Missouri Valley College has added a new completely online degree program. Beginning fall 2014, MVC will offer an online Associates of Applied Science degree in health information systems.The program consists of a combination of computer information systems, basic medical information and health care administration courses. The program can be completed in as little as two years. Both eight and 16 week courses are available.Related ContentHealth Information ProfessionalsLooking for more information? Click ...

Posted on: April 21, 2014
ICD-10 Attitudes Survey Validates Official Delay

Just before the transition to ICD-10 was officially delayed, NueMD conducted a survey of 1,300 healthcare professionals to gauge their attitudes towards ICD-10. The survey, which garnered responses from all 50 states, found that 55% of respondents thought the transition to ICD-10 should be delayed or should not happen at all.In comparison with a 2012 survey that asked the same question, 56% of respondents wanted a delay or no transition, suggesting there hasn't been any change in attitude over the last 18 ...

Posted on: April 20, 2014
iPatientCare Moves Forward with ICD-10 despite Delay

iPatientCare, Inc., a pioneer in mHealth and cloud based ambulatory EHR, Integrated Practice Management and Patient Portal Solutions announced today its commitment to staying the course of developing and implementing the "ICD-10 ready" iPatientCare EHR by moving forward with the scheduled eLearning Series and piloting the ICD-10 ready version of iPatientCare EHR and integrated Practice Management System.Last week, the health care community discovered an important and little-known provision tucked into the ...

Posted on: April 19, 2014
Analytics ID Patients at Risk for Heart Failure

A pilot project using predictive analytics and applied natural-language processing identified 8,500 patients of the Carilion Clinic who are at risk for congestive heart failure.The analyzed data is being entered into the clinics' electronic health records (EHRs) system, but it should enable physicians to provide flagged patients with earlier preventative care. That process is taking longer than anticipated, but is expected to reach completion within two months, according to Steve Morgan, MD and chief ...

Posted on: April 18, 2014
Noted Healthcare Executive Joins Precyse Advisory Council

Precyse, an industry leader in Health Information Management (HIM) Performance Management and Technology, has announced that Donald Bialek, MD, has joined the Precyse Advisory Council (PAC). Bialek brings extensive expertise in clinical medicine, senior operating and management roles in many organizations, as well as deep consulting experience. With his industry knowledge and over 25 years of expertise, Bialek is poised to advise Precyse as it works to simplify its clients' everyday challenges by ...

Posted on: April 17, 2014
CODESMART Plans for ICD-10 Deadline Extension

CODESMART, a premier ICD-10 education and solutions group that offers CODESMART UNIVERSITY, its online education solution and customizable training solutions, announced its plan for the ICD-10 deadline extension to Oct. 1, 2015.The results of the delay will open doors to a wider customer base representing a majority market share that has not even begun their transition to ICD-10 and gives the industry the necessary amount of time to prepare. Ultimately, this should create a better healthcare system."We ...

Posted on: April 16, 2014
Quest Diagnostics Provides Lab Data Access to All

For the first time, Americans nationwide can directly access their personal laboratory data through Quest Diagnostics, the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services. Quest Diagnostics provides diagnostic information services to about 30% of American adults each year.Under a federal rule that went into effect on April 7, patients can now view test results from diagnostic information service providers without first being authorized by a physician. The rule issued by the U.S. Department of ...

Posted on: April 15, 2014
EDCO Promotes from Within, Names new VP

EDCO Health Information Solutions is pleased to announce the promotion of Andy Williams to Vice President of Business Quality & Process Improvement.Throughout the past two years as the Director of Field Operations, Williams demonstrated his ability to collaborate with EDCO's Senior Leadership Team to create innovative process improvements, and has successfully operationalized those ideas. In addition to his current responsibilities, Williams will now lead nationwide operational quality and efficiency ...

Posted on: April 14, 2014
Nuance Names New President

Nuance Communications, Inc. today announced that it has named Trace Devanny as president of Nuance's Healthcare business. Devanny will oversee Nuance's largest division and lead its efforts to deliver a more seamless approach for healthcare professionals to document, share and use clinical information. He will report to Paul Ricci, Nuance chairman and CEO."Our healthcare business presents a significant opportunity for innovation, leadership and growth in today's dynamic healthcare environment," said Paul ...

Posted on: April 13, 2014
Borgess Health Receives $9M Revenue Increase

Nuance Communications, Inc. today announced that Borgess Health, which provides care to nearly one million people across southwest Michigan, has secured $9 million in additional appropriate revenue within one year of implementing the Nuance Compliant Documentation Management Program (CDMP), part of the Nuance Clintegrity 360 | CDI solution. Supported by clear, measurable and compliant clinical documentation improvement (CDI) guidelines, and expert training and technology from Nuance, Borgess improved the ...

Posted on: April 12, 2014
Canadian Patent Awarded to EDCO for Solarity

In February 2014, EDCO Health Information Solutions was awarded patent number 2,606,033 from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for its medical record scanning and indexing technology, called Solarity. This technology improves efficiency and quality of the medical record scanning process, and does not require the manual separation of documents or use of labels, such as bar codes or form templates. "It's very encouraging that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has acknowledged that the ...

Posted on: April 11, 2014
Newly Launched CollectiveIQ to Help Increase Collections

CareCloud, the leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health records (EHR), and medical billing software and services, recently announced the availability of its new billing rules platform, CareCloud CollectiveIQ. This advanced collection of automated billing rules -- built in part upon the content of industry leaders - is embedded within the CareCloud platform to help medical practices and enterprises increase collections and margins through faster, more accurate claims ...

Posted on: April 10, 2014
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