Monday, July 26, 2010

Verizon Introduces 'Cloud' Based HIE

The Verizon Health Information Exchange will address some of the interoperability issues related to the exchange of health information between physicians, clinics and hospitals.  Participating providers will now be able to share patient information securely on the Verizon Health Information Exchange

AHDI and MTIA Submit Comments for Ways and Means Committee Hearing

On July 20, 2010 the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing on provisions within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for implementation of health information technology. 
AHDI and MTIA submitted comments on their concerns that health IT adoption must preserve narrative documentation.  They also emphasized how automated processes necessitate the need for human intelligence to ensure efficiency and patient safety.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Meaningful Use Criteria - Medical Transcription Response

HHS has introduced their rules pertaining to the "meaningful use" of electronic health records.  It appears that those objectives still do not recognize the importance of the structured narrative component of a patient's record, nor the ability of our medical transcription industry to deliver dictated data in a structured format through Discrete Reportable Transcription (DRT) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies.

The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) has drafted comments on what these rules mean to the healthcare community and the transcription sector.  Please read the full document.