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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With more than 50 percent of practices and 80 percent of hospitals having adopted electronic health records and attested for meaningful use by now, it's time to talk about next steps.
March 6, 2014
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Healthcare organizations nationwide have spent billions of dollars to implement health information technology, most with the expectation that it will improve quality and safety, and lower costs. According to a recent report, however, not all outcomes have been positive, particularly with regard to efficiency.
March 5, 2014
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In his $3.9 trillion fiscal year 2015 budget proposal released Tuesday, President Obama asked for $1.8 billion to support health information technology incentive payments -- the same amount he requested last year. Actual spending for this category came to $1.07 billion in 2013.
March 5, 2014
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Greenway announced its acquisition this past week of Fort Myers, Fla.-based PeopleLYNK, which develops EHR-based patient outreach tools. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
March 3, 2014
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There will be no delay for ICD-10 conversion. But when CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced Thursday at HIMSS14 that CMS would be flexible on hardship exemptions for meaningful use requirements, it provided some of the relief healthcare providers -- and the professional organizations that represent them -- have been seeking.
February 28, 2014
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The Office of the National Coordinator wants to create an EHR certification system for 2015 that would be guided by a more "effective response to stakeholder feedback" and incorporate "bug fixes" to make 2014 certification rules "clearer and easier to implement."
February 27, 2014
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At CCHIT's "The Decade of Health IT" summit at HIMSS14 on Wednesday, four national coordinators looked back on their experiences working to drive healthcare information technology adoption over the past 10 years.
February 27, 2014
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The education session "Meaningful Use Stage 2 Requirements" on Tuesday morning especially caught the audience's attention when Robert Anthony, deputy director at the CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Service, asked: "How many people have gone through a meaningful use audit?"
February 25, 2014
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"There are a lot of providers out there who are feeling a lot of anxiety and a lot of pressure," admitted Mat Kendall, director of ONC's Office of Provider Adoption Support at HIMSS14 on Monday.
February 25, 2014
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"Rural is not a smaller version of urban," said Tom Morris, associate administrator for rural health policy at Health Resources and Services Administration, speaking Sunday at the pre-conference symposium, "Health IT and Rural Healthcare: Embracing Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges."
February 23, 2014
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What if a room was alive and could know everything medically pertinent about the patient when he or she entered the room? That wild idea led to UPMC creating the SmartRoom and in 2010 partnering with IBM to take it to market.
February 23, 2014
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Due to the three-staged structure of the meaningful use timeline, eligible providers and hospitals have tended to approach the process in a literal, rigid way. But there's a change afoot, which some may call MU 2.0.
February 23, 2014
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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 conversation with Darby Dennis, Division CIO, about the value of integrating patient monitoring solutions throughout the University Hospitals system.
February 26, 2013
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As hospitals adopt and expand mobile computing strategies, power systems are critical to ensuring caregivers access the information they need, shift after shift, where it matters most – at the point of care. The marketplace is filled with competing claims about which factors matter most. To help hospital decision makers evaluate their options, here are seven questions to ask in evaluating mobile computing workstations, primarily focused on power systems.
February 5, 2013
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EHRs were projected to reduce the need for transcription. However, with slower than anticipated adoption of EHRs by providers coupled with concerns about quality and fear of inaccurate documentation and over-billing due to inappropriate copy/paste and template use, there is still a demand for transcription technology and services. A skilled medical transcriptionist can be the economical choice when faced with passing time-consuming tasks on to the most expensive person in the documentation workflow – the physician – and can serve as the extra pair of eyes to validate structured and encoded data intended for consumption by the EHR.
January 28, 2013
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This white paper focuses on how an EHR-Extender (EHR-e) can help hospitals leverage data trapped in the EHR and other clinical systems to establish better care team communication. The result of contextual critical alerts and texts are improved communication and enhanced workflows which makes patients, healthcare staff, administration, and regulators happy.
January 2, 2013
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Watch this informative video to learn more about EXTENSION's most popular clinical workflow solutions for nurses and physicians inluding nurse call integration, mobile critical lab notifications, mobile report availability, mobile STAT order notifications, HIPAA-compliant texting and more. EXTENSION's mobile point-of-care solutions improve staff satisfaction, patient safety, and HCAHPS scores.
January 2, 2013
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In a roundtable discussion, IT executives of visionary health systems in the region shared their best practices and lessons learned in the deployment and use of virtualization and cloud computing.
January 2, 2013
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A recent survey of IT executives found nearly 90% see business value in transitioning to Cloud computing, but only 20% have a plan to get there. Healthcare Cloud solutions require Compliance, Security, Privacy, Redundancy, and Scalability, so choosing the right path from on-premises servers to the Cloud can be daunting. Learn how to chart a quick and affordable course to healthcare <a href="/directory/cloud-computing" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Cloud Computing</a> and how to choose the right Cloud services partner.
November 7, 2012
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Meaningful Use Stage 2: A handbook for providers discusses the changes in Stage 2 following the release of the final rules. This report focuses on what providers should expect, technology challenges and business opportunities in Stage 2 criteria, and key enterprise strategies for Stage 2 initiatives.
October 29, 2012
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In healthcare, IT systems management is not simply a matter of process efficiency and cost savings—it could be a matter of life or death for patients. Faced with regulatory requirements, widely dispersed facilities, demands for <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">electronic health records</a> (EHRs), and increasingly more and more mobile devices for providers, healthcare IT managers are forced to streamline systems management as budgets and headcount shrink.
October 25, 2012
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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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