Healthcare News & Insights

One EHR tweak could cut medication costs & boost outcomes

Prescription medication can get pricey, and it’s a big contributor to the rise of healthcare costs in this country. There are several ways a hospital can make an impact regarding the rising costs of medication, including encouraging providers to write more scripts for generic medications. 

5 technology trends that will affect hospital care

Healthcare technology is always changing and evolving. Hospitals that want to keep up need to stay on top of the latest tech trends and incorporate them into patient treatment, especially as quality of care becomes more crucial to profitability and survival. 

Reduce medication errors with CPOE

While hospitals have boosted patient safety overall, one big problem still persists: medication errors. They’re the most common mistakes made in hospitals, and they can have deadly consequences. A computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system can cut back on these errors – but only if it’s efficient. 

Will Stage 3 finally fix hospitals’ meaningful use issues?

Many providers are choosing to give up on trying to attest to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program. But they may have more luck in the newly proposed Stage 3. 

Making progress under the new ‘meaningful use’ rules

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new rules about its meaningful use program — and they should bring some relief to healthcare providers trying to earn incentives. 

5 things to keep in mind: The full cost of EHR implementation

A new EHR system requires a big investment in software. But the implementation will likely cost an organization a lot more than what is spent on the system itself. 

New tech helps hospitals use geographic data to improve patient care

In an era where hospitals are increasingly responsible for patient outcomes beyond their hospital stays, better use of health data is crucial. To that end, some hospitals are turning to geographic analytics.

EHR risks identified from malpractice claims analysis

In 2012, 44% of U.S. hospitals had at least a basic electronic health records (EHR) system. Not surprisingly, that number will grow as EHRs offer many benefits such as improving quality and safety, and reducing costs. Unfortunately, they also come with some major problems thanks to human error and technology glitches. 

OIG: Most hospitals’ EHRs don’t fully protect against fraud

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a new report auditing hospital electronic health records (EHR) systems to review their fraud prevention safeguards, and the results aren’t particularly good.