Neil Versel | April 15, 2014 | 08:17 AM | Quality and Safety, Policy and Legislation
Is it wrong to be skeptical about the integrity of quality measures in meaningful use, particularly in the wake of what one quality improvement expert called "patient safety's first scandal"? Those at the forefront of healthcare quality and... More
Neil Versel | April 4, 2014 | 06:45 AM | Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Quality and Safety
With apologies to Internet meme-makers everywhere, analytics experts have a message for healthcare providers trying to get their heads around business and clinical intelligence: "Big data, you're doing it wrong." More
Neil Versel | March 10, 2014 | 10:14 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
Stage 2 of the federal Electronic Health Records Incentive Program is underway for providers who first reached Stage 1 in 2011. Although there will not be any official statistics available for several months, anecdotal evidence suggests that this new phase is... More
Neil Versel | February 15, 2014 | 01:00 AM | Meaningful Use
The original, 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act legislation that created the $27 billion incentive program for meaningful use of EHRs made bonus payments contingent upon using "certified" EHR technology. More
Neil Versel | February 15, 2014 | 01:00 AM | Meaningful Use
Economics may provide a disincentive for some physicians and other individual eligible providers to continue with meaningful use in 2013 and beyond. More
Neil Versel | February 15, 2014 | 01:00 AM | Policy and Legislation
In October, just days after leaving government service, former national health IT coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD, said at the annual College of Healthcare Information Management Executives Fall CIO Forum that it was unlikely federal officials would delay... More
Neil Versel | February 15, 2014 | 01:00 AM | Meaningful Use
Stage 2 of the federal electronic health records incentive program known as meaningful use is underway for providers that first reached Stage 1 in 2011. More
Neil Versel | January 20, 2014 | 01:00 AM | Electronic Health Records, RIS and PACS
Healthcare organizations with long-established electronic health records run the risk of "note bloat" and compromised patient safety unless they standardize physician documentation procedures and limit the amount of cutting-and-pasting doctors have... More
Neil Versel | January 7, 2014 | 11:17 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
Hospitals were treading carefully around CPOE a decade ago, especially after Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles turned off its CPOE system in early 2003. Today is a different story. Meaningful use is helping to drive CPOE uptake, workflows are better... More
Neil Versel | December 20, 2013 | 01:00 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records
At the outset of 2004, computerized physician order entry was very much in the headlines. More
AUGUSTA, ME | Neil Versel | December 5, 2013 | 09:05 AM | Electronic Health Records, Network Infrastructure, RTLS
In opening its new, flagship hospital in the state capital last month, MaineGeneral Medical Center took a bit of a gamble promoting the $312 million Alfond Center for Health on Facebook. More
RICHMOND, VA | Neil Versel | November 27, 2013 | 11:25 AM | Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
Richmond, Va., gastroenterologist Michael P. Jones, MD, is not anti-technology. He just does not like electronic medical records in their current form. He's expecting the technology to improve, but for now, he's opted for paper charts. More