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The top 10 health IT stories of 2012

The top health IT news of 2012 revolved around EHRs, ICD-10 codes and data security. These were the most popular stories on Healthcare Tech Review over the past year: 

1. Will the feds put EHR incentives on hold?

Some groups, including a few lawmakers, have asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to halt the federal EHR incentive program so the requirements can be reworked. More …

2. Survey: Doctors losing faith in EHRs

Even as more hospitals and physician offices adopt electronic health records (EHRs), doctors are becoming more pessimistic about the impact those and other health IT systems will have on the quality of patient care. More …

3. 5 strangest ICD-10 codes

Healthcare providers may struggle to prepare for the transition to new ICD-10 codes, but there is some good news: Coders will now know exactly what to do next time they encounter a patient who was injured as a result water skis being set on fire. More …

4. 5 reasons health IT costs too much

Healthcare organizations are spending a lot on IT services and software – and a lot more than they have to, according to one report from this year. More …

5. The new legal risks created by mobile devices in health care

Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are becoming popular in healthcare, in part because they give doctors easy and convenient access to the information they need to make fast decisions. But those devices also create new security and legal risks for healthcare organizations. More …

6. Will the U.S. skip ICD-10 and go straight to ICD-11?

With all debate this year over whether to change a proposed ICD-10 coding deadline extension, one group looked at a possible solution: skipping ICD-10 entirely and moving straight to ICD-11. More …

7. 5 reasons your best IT employees want new jobs

Despite a rough job market in other areas, a lot of organizations are trying to hire IT employees right now. That’s especially true in the health industry, and healthcare organizations may have a tough time finding and keeping qualified tech workers. More …

8. Doctors’ 3 biggest complaints about EHRs

Some healthcare organizations trying to implement electronic medical records run into trouble getting doctors on board with using the new system. Here are some of doctors’ top complaints – and how organizations can help overcome them. More …

9. EHR systems won’t cut costs or improve quality of care, professors say

Two medical school professors issued a warning about high expectations for health IT, claiming studies have shown technology won’t cut healthcare costs or improve care. More …

10. 5 ways to respond to negative online reviews

Studies show many patients go online to look for health-related information — and that includes information to help them choose doctors. What can doctors do if they they’re the target of a negative online review? More …

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