Meaningful Use

 
Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national coordinator for healthcare IT, asserted today there would be no extension of the deadline for switching from the ICD-9 medical coding system to ICD-10. The deadline for conversion would remain Oct. 1, 2014, Mostashari said in a keynote delivered this morning at the HIMSS Media ICD-10 Forum in National Harbor, Md.
June 17, 2013
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ECRI Institute, an independent, nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, has released a new report, "Risk Managers' 10 Strategies for Health IT Success." Based on ECRI's research and interviews with risk managers and health IT safety experts, it identifies top tips to guide a risk management approach to health IT.
June 17, 2013
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Healthcare organizations are seeing their top talent poached, even when they offer big bucks. Many hospitals are 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' just to keep their projects staffed up. At a pivotal moment in healthcare, that's putting a damper on progress.
June 14, 2013
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Most physicians feel that tablet computers such as the iPad are better suited for care delivery than smartphones, according to a new survey of nearly 1,400 doctors. That said, app usage found most favor on smartphones -- and docs feel there's much room for improvement in clinical apps generally.
June 13, 2013
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National eHealth Collaborative on Monday announced two new membership campaigns for clinicians, hospitals, health systems, health information exchanges and provider associations.
June 11, 2013
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Health Tech Hatch announced Thursday that it will operate as the user testing platform for ONC's Blue Button Patient Co-Design Challenge, designed to spur a growth in opportunities for health data to be put to use.
June 6, 2013
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More than a third of physician practices plan to purchase, replace or upgrade ambulatory EHR systems, according to HIMSS Analytics' newest Ambulatory Electronic Health Record & Practice Management Study. Meanwhile, nearly half of physician groups say they'll join an HIE.
June 6, 2013
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More than 292,000 Medicare and Medicaid eligible providers have received an EHR incentive payment as of the end of April. Not all EPs are new, some are returning from a previous year, said Robert Anthony, deputy director of the HIT Initiative Group at CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services.
June 6, 2013
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Adoption of basic electronic health records increased from nearly 34 percent in early 2011 to 44 percent by March 2012, according to a new study. Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal, MD, says that despite the challenges, EHR use is inevitable.
June 4, 2013
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Mark Savage, director of health information technology policy and programs with the National Partnership, takes the consumer's standpoint in EHR adoption and use -- meaning he is a supporter of strengthening, rather than delaying, the meaningful use program.
June 3, 2013
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday announced the release of new outpatient procedure cost data and new opportunities for researchers and developers. Sebelius made the announcement Monday at the start of Health Datapalooza IV, the fourth annual national conference on health data transparency.
June 3, 2013
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If you were a healthcare provider and all you did was read press releases, you'd be tempted to think that transitioning to a new EHR involved little more than opening the package and plugging in the contents. Naturally, things are a little more complicated than that.
May 31, 2013
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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan pegs the EHR market to double in growth in three years, from $1.3 billion in 2009 to an estimated $2.6 billion in 2012. The research firm noted that the HITECH Act's federal incentive programs and healthcare reform are two of the drivers for the uptick.
September 2, 2010
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The recent announcement by Detroit Medical Center officials that the deployment of their EMR has
September 1, 2010
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced that it has authorized the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology and the Drummond Group to certify EHR products to qualify for the federal incentives for meaningful use of EHRs.
August 31, 2010
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A recent report shows that despite the big push for health IT adoption, only 2 percent of hospitals in the U.S. can meet the federal government's criteria for meaningful use of EHRs. Are you surprised?
August 29, 2010
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Several studies point to a higher adoption rate of smartphones by physicians than the general public. Given the historical low rates of technology adoption within the healthcare industry, this news may come as a surprise.
August 25, 2010
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Despite the relaxation of the proposed meaningful use criteria for the adoption of EHRs and EMRs, critics claim that the final rule is still too stringent and the rushed timeline will doom the whole transformation to a fully electronic healthcare delivery system. Politics aside, the critiques are actually a good thing.
August 24, 2010
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Everyone in the industry is painfully aware of the state of hospitals today, even before the economic recession sent healthcare providers down a darker, deeper spiral. Add healthcare reform and the federal incentives for the meaningful use of health IT to the mix, and you’ve got major changes that would make mere survival monumental.
August 23, 2010
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Emergency rooms fully equipped with EHRs have been credited with treating patients who eventually have shorter hospital stays than hospitals that have paper or basic EHRs, according to a new study.
August 23, 2010
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An editorial in the American Medical Association's American Medical News applauded the relaxation of the proposed meaningful use criteria when HHS came out with the final rule in July. Still, the editorial says that the road to meaningful use will be "tough."
August 19, 2010
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One of the federal goals of having providers implement EHRs is to better track, manage and improve population health, but a recently published report by the Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) finds that EHRs aren't equipped to complete those tasks.
August 16, 2010
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Christine Bechtel, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families and member of the federal health IT policy committee, testified at a recent Committee on Ways and Means hearing.
August 12, 2010
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The Rev. Will Bloedow of Appleton, Wis., was at the Health Industry Forum in Boston touting the benefits of EMRs.
August 11, 2010
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