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EHR Events HIMSS Certificate o...

 The Electronic Health Record Association gave two Certificate of Excellence awards to Dr. Michael Q. Stearns, at the 2012 Health Information Management Systems Society Annual Meeting. The awards were for leadership and assistance provided for initiatives related to...

MACRA 2018 Proposed Rule Updat...

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 gave rise to the CMS Quality Payment Program.  In 2017 CMS provided options that allow clinicians to avoid penalties under MACRA fairly easily.   CMS released a Proposed Rule for the Quality Payment Program for...

HIT Certificate Program Reache...

The University of Texas at Austin Health Information Technology (HIT) Certificate Program has reached a milestone. Earlier this year the number of students to graduate from the program has exceeded 1000. Approximately 50 to 55 students graduate from each class and the...

Privacy Plenary Panel – ...

Video of panel discussion from 2011 ▶ CFP11 Day 1 Electronic Health Records and Health Information Exchanges – YouTube This plenary will “draw back the curtain” to examine how electronic health records (EHRs) and data exchanges will affect privacy in...

SNOMED CT Article Published &#...

Michael Stearns, MD coauthored an article that was published in the Journal of AHIMA in November 2014 that compares ICD-10-CM to SNOMED CT. A link to the article is available here (scroll down to “What’s the Difference” and you can go directly to the...

Ebola and Flu Season – D...

The Ebola virus is present in blood, saliva, mucous, vomit, feces, sweat, tears, breast milk, urine, nasal secretions, and semen.  It can live for several hours on common services like door handles and clothing. It can survive for several days within body fluids such...

Sentient Mobile Networks?

The massive explosion in the number of users of mobile technology devices and networks has transformed society in nearly every corner of the world.  Of interest, it may someday mimic some of the neural networks of the brain.  While this may not reach the level of...

Refugee Medicine – Difficult L...

  November, 1983: Each day a new truck would arrive at the Catholic Relief Service’s hospital camp in southeast Thailand; a flatbed pickup filled with sick and dying refugees from the forest floor near the Cambodian border. The patients were primarily young...
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