Meaningful Use

 
Pacifica Women’s Health Care has chosen to use the 2011 Waiting Room Solutions Web Based Family Practice Electronic Health Record and Practice Management V4.0 software. The practice, which has two busy clinics, looks forward to using this software.
June 6, 2011
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athenahealth, Inc., today announced that the first Medicare Meaningful Use incentive payment dollars have been issued to its physician clients using athenaClinicals, the company’s EHR offering. This marks the first step in the fulfillment of the Company’s Federal Stimulus Bonus Payment Guarantee Program.
May 27, 2011
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NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced today that its client, Springfield Center for Family Medicine, Inc., is among the first providers to receive payment for demonstrating Meaningful Use under the Medicare incentive program.
May 26, 2011
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Sage Healthcare Division, a unit of Sage North America, announced today that its client, Dr. Moore & Associates, a primary care practice in Brooklyn, NY, is among several of the company's clients to successfully attest to Stage 1 meaningful use under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.
May 25, 2011
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The Federal Health Architecture (FHA), under management of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has awarded CGI Federal Inc. (CGI), a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group, Inc. (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A), a one base year contract worth US$5.7 million. The contract includes four one-year options that can be executed to support FHA's CONNECT Nationwide Health Information Exchange (NHIE) Gateway Solution.
May 24, 2011
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The modernization of medical records with electronic health data management has expanded the involvement of digital media and information in the practice of medicine. Growing interest in the academics necessary to build a career in the use, management and distribution of this data has spurred the introduction of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Health Informatics.
May 23, 2011
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e-MDs, a physician-lead nationwide provider of electronic health records (EHRs), announced that their client, Dr. Jen Brull, of Plainville, KS, has become the first physician in Kansas and one of the first in the nation to be federally certified for Meaningful Use of electronic health records and has received a full incentive payment.
May 23, 2011
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athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health records (EHR), and patient communication services to medical groups, today announced that Health Information Technology Extension Center for Los Angeles (HITEC-LA) has selected athenahealth as one of its preferred vendors to offer certified EHRs to solo, small group, and clinic health care providers.
May 20, 2011
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Medicity, the industry standard for health information exchange (HIE), announced recently its collaboration with Delta Health Alliance, one of 17 sites nationwide selected by the federal government to serve as a Beacon Community for the pioneering use of health information technology.
May 18, 2011
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CSC announced today that its CareVeillance real-time clinical surveillance solution has been certified as an inpatient Electronic Health Record (EHR) module for quality reporting by the Drummond Group, in accordance with the applicable hospital certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).
May 16, 2011
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Santa Barbara Business College has begun enrolling students into a new medical program offered at their Santa Barbara campus. The Health Information Technology program, abbreviated HIT, is the latest degree program added to the college's catalog of medical program offerings.
May 12, 2011
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Muenster Memorial Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital located in North Texas serving a bi-county area north of Denton, Texas, has selected Custom Software Systems' ChartSmart Electronic Medical Record as Muenster's EMR solution, Michael Kent, Muenster CEO/Administrator announced today.
May 10, 2011
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It seems everything that could go wrong with an EHR rollout did at the Ventura County Health Care Agency, a county-run healthcare system in Thousand Oaks, Calif. A grand jury investigation found the county neglected to plan, hire and adequately train for the transition.
June 5, 2014
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No matter what your job, there are certain phrases -- whether said by bosses, colleagues or clients -- that are just plain unwelcome: words that foretell frustration and added workload at best, panic and red-alert crisis response at worst. For hospital chief information officers, there's no shortage of these ominous sentences.
June 3, 2014
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ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD outlined what the next era of health IT will look like, noting that key focus areas include implementing an interoperability roadmap, supporting care transformation, care quality and safety, public health, as well as establishing a framework that will advance not only health IT, but also meaningful consumer engagement.
June 2, 2014
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Even as healthcare providers across the country are struggling to make their new, expensive technology work, a new survey shows providers are more frustrated with their purchases than ever.
June 2, 2014
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Working on the patient portal portion of Stage 2 meaningful use? Officials at Mayo Clinic can offer some valuable insight into their own portal rollout -- challenges that have arisen, privacy concerns and how to do it right.
May 30, 2014
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More than 30 billion dollars have been spent. And while it is reasonable that many HIT outcomes are still unfulfilled, the path forward seems murky. EHR adoption has surged, but much of what has been broken about health IT in the United States still remains, writes John Loonsk, MD. That's why he's urging a hard reboot.
May 29, 2014
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Despite hospitals and physicians being given a more flexible time frame for participating in the next phase of meaningful use, the backlash against the federal EHR Incentive Program and EHRs in general continues.
May 27, 2014
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There is ample evidence that barcode technology for medication has had a significant impact on patient safety. But while most U.S. hospitals have adopted barcode medication administration, experts say there's big room for improvement.
May 21, 2014
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When it comes to choosing the right barcode medication administration system, industry experts advise prospective customers to take a close look at what electronic medical record they select.
May 21, 2014
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Healthcare providers and IT vendors just got a dose of welcome relief from the increasingly controversial certification pieces of meaningful use.
May 21, 2014
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Things are starting to look up for small and midsized practices facing a barrage of federal regulations threatening to drive them toward acquisition, big bank loans or, even worse, extinction.
May 20, 2014
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Federally qualified health centers are now adopting health information technology at higher rates than office-based physicians, according to a new report, but FQHCs' concerns over addressing rising demand with persisting staff shortages remain top of mind.
May 20, 2014
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Within the wide scope of use for wireless communications, the ability to use radio frequency for identification and location tracking has become very prevalent. This white paper provides a look into how RTLS is helping hospitals save money and how early adopters have paved the way for a widespread acceptance.
October 2, 2013
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The case for telemedicine in today’s healthcare world is rapidly changing. Not only does it reduce the costs of chronic care, it has been shown to improve outcomes. This white paper discusses where Telemedicine is today and where it's headed, based on technologies that are available and the increasing rate of adoption.
October 2, 2013
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When information is difficult to securely access, process and share, making sure it reaches the right people at the right time is often difficult. Your EMR, HIS, billing system or ERP don’t handle “unstructured content” well. To manage the paper, faxes, forms, photos, clinical images, etc. that come from devices, patients and referring physicians, healthcare organizations increasingly turn to enterprise content management (ECM). There are five key processes where ECM will have the greatest impact in the shortest amount of time, all while supporting today’s current strategic initiatives, such as Meaningful Use, accountable care organizations, health information exchanges and more.
September 10, 2013
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Automated medication administration, electronic health records, computerized physician order entry (CPOE), barcode point-of-care (BPOC) and other automated procedures for improving patient care all rely on accurate input that barcoding can provide. This white paper will explain the role wristbands can play in improving patient safety and freeing nurses and other valuable medical personnel from paperwork and clerical tasks.
May 6, 2013
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Hospitals and health systems have invested significant funds and other resources to meet numerous strategic enterprise initiatives such as ICD-10, Meaningful Use, HIPAA requirements, whether to join or form an ACO, and others. Executives from four major health systems came together for a roundtable discussion on how employing an integrated strategy has helped them overcome challenges and achieve goals. <br> </br> Learn how leading healthcare organizations are:<br> </br> • Educating stakeholders on the ultimate benefits of the initiatives<br> • Adopting methodologies that streamline workflows and reduce costs<br> • Sharing information and promoting best practices across the enterprise<br> • Avoiding initiatives being deployed in silos<br> • Knowing when to partner with trusted organizations to achieve initiatives more rapidly and efficiently<br>
April 30, 2013
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In this webinar you will learn how Sutter Health pioneered the integration between Epic EMR and RightFax. Brett Reed, Sr. Engineer at Sutter Health, will review the Epic and RightFax integration and how RightFax streamlined their outbound faxing needs by moving to a fax server.
April 9, 2013
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Molina Healthcare providers managed healthcare services for over 4.3 million people in 16 states. Rajendra Kadam, IT Director at Molina Healthcare,will review the process of doctor authorizations at Monila and the improved efficiencies in implementing a fax server.
April 9, 2013
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In this webinar you will learn about the healthcare information exchange and how fax plays a vital role in all healthcare organizations. Greg Horton, Program Development at OpenText, will review how suppliers, providers, payers and pharmacy organizations implement RightFax in order to keep documents secure and costs down while remaining compliant.
April 9, 2013
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The change from traditional fee-for-service payments to risk-based and value-based arrangements disrupts the traditional business model for providers, hospitals, and health systems. A new white paper explores how financial modeling can address serious challenges affecting revenues.
April 4, 2013
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Accountable care offers the nation’s ailing health care system new hope — but it isn’t a new idea. For the past decade, health systems, payers, and providers across the country have been practicing accountable care principles through initiatives such as the Collaborative Payer™ Model, a care delivery innovation jointly developed by a payer and provider that approximates an accountable care organization.
April 4, 2013
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The business model of most hospital and independent laboratories will be challenged by Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2). Each laboratory will need to think beyond its traditional role of a simple outreach and revenue center. MU2 raises the bar for lab data and clinical laboratories must play a significant role in coordinated care and decision support. Further, MU2 stands to change the nature of EHR-LAB connectivity in the U.S., with much tighter integration being required. Many laboratories may find that they lack the skill set and tools for LOINC, and that their LIS is not up to the task. As a result, laboratories will need start working immediately to take a much more active role in leading, defining, and participating in coordination EHR efforts within their community.
February 28, 2013
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Atlantic Health System is leading the way in connecting healthcare providers with one another and with patients to help improve care coordination and patient engagement. Increasing levels of clinical connectivity in parallel with improved financial connectivity are driving better care and better financial outcomes. Read Atlantic Health’s story to learn about the incremental steps taken to establish the Jersey Health Connect HIO and about revenue cycle process improvements to improve financial performance via a relationship with RelayHealth.
February 27, 2013
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A recently proposed regulation has doctors and patients’ advocates lining up to debate the question of how quickly patients should be able to access their own health information.
September 26, 2011
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We end the week on a note that is semi-whimsical, and thus also at least half-serious.
September 23, 2011
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To put it mildly, there's no shortage of attention being paid to protecting the privacy of patient information.
September 22, 2011
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One of the underlying assumptions in the HIT transition is that EHRs and other health IT products will continue to evolve, enabling providers to become ever more efficient and effective.
September 20, 2011
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A recent study has found little reason to expect significant health benefits due to the CPOE requirements found in the first stage of the Meaningful Use regulations.
September 19, 2011
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Federal officials are reporting a significant increase in the number of providers who have signed up for the MU incentive program.
September 16, 2011
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The problem with health IT policymakers and stakeholders is that they are dedicated to the idea that effective, widespread use of IT can lead to a healthier population.
September 15, 2011
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The primary assumption upon which the HIT transition is arguably based is that more information is better than less.
September 14, 2011
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A new study shows doctors are increasingly frequenting various social media venues.
September 13, 2011
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According to the Department of Health and Human Service, patient data security breaches have increased significantly over the past two years.
September 9, 2011
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Not surprisingly, the study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine concerning EHRs and diabetes care is continuing to get attention from HIT stakeholders and observers alike.
September 8, 2011
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Yesterday, we commented on the "exuberance" of the reports on the recently released study that look at the impact of EHR use on care for diabetes patients.
September 7, 2011
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