October 16, 2014
On Oct. 15 the future of interoperability was discussed and endorsed by a joint meeting of the Standards and Policy Committees. It was a remarkable day with great energy and enthusiasm to move healthcare toward the same interoperability approach used by most non-healthcare industries.
October 10, 2014
In order to improve health care quality in a meaningful way, physicians must be empowered to make informed clinical decisions. This includes being promptly notified of changes to a patient's health status and any new "care events."
September 16, 2014
While greater interoperability between systems is driving more information exchange than ever before, this approach is only one step in improving health outcomes. Using the latest technology to turn information into actionable data that is helpful at the point of care is essential.
August 26, 2014
For emergency departments seeking to improve efficiency, it might seem natural to focus on tracking median statistics for patient care. But median numbers, important though they may be, tell only part of the story -- and a slightly skewed one at that.
June 26, 2014
These are very interesting times for the EHR vendors. EHR systems have undergone a dramatic change over the last 10 years and the pace of change has actually accelerated over the past five years, especially in the backdrop of meaningful use deadlines.
June 12, 2014
As the person responsible for the management of the hosted electronic health record and practice management system for 200 private and employed providers affiliated with a health system in Massachusetts, I couldn't believe it when I saw new CMS proposed rule modifying the EHR Incentive Program.
May 28, 2014
Last week, I posted the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from CMS that offers flexibility to Meaningful Use attestation in 2014. Since then, I've received hundreds of emails about it from my fellow CIOs across the country. Here's a summary.
May 21, 2014
Effectively managing external business associates doesn't just apply to the HIPAA Omnibus rule. It also applies to meaningful use.
May 13, 2014
Why politics, parity and performance requirements mean behavioral health hospitals should adopt now.
May 05, 2014
OK, we have a deadline. The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services released a statement Thursday that sets the deadline for ICD-10 implementation at Oct. 1, 2015