Meaningful Use

 
The 16-day government shutdown that ended Oct. 17 brought the work of the Office of the National Coordinator to a screeching halt, with cancelled meetings of high-level federal advisory committees and workgroups. But with the end of the shutdown, all hands are on deck and ready to work, according to ONC officials.
October 22, 2013
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Best practices are all well and good, but sometimes it's instructive to take a look at worst practices -- the mistakes everyone should be sure to avoid. When it comes to meaningful use audits, there's simply too much at stake.
October 21, 2013
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He calls himself ePatient Dave – a universal name, and intended to be so, for he would like to represent the “voice of patient engagement.”
October 20, 2013
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The start date for Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use Incentive Program, which began Oct. 1, 2013 for hospitals and will begin on Jan. 1, 2014 for eligible providers, is once again up for discussion. 
October 20, 2013
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The truly heavy lifting for healthcare organizations regarding their information technology isn’t with deployment and utilization of systems – it is with the coordination and synchronization associated with integrating all the disparate elements across the enterprise.
October 20, 2013
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Many health IT applications are now approaching their market saturation point and are now installed at more than 75 percent of U.S. hospitals. A select few, however, are forging ahead in growth mode with big market potential, according to a new HIMSS Analytics report.
October 17, 2013
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The timing of the government shutdown, which coincided with the start of meaningful use Stage 2 and left the Office of the National Coordinator gutted, seems an unfortunate turn of events that industry observers say is causing delays to health IT progress.
October 16, 2013
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Though he no longer has authority over meaningful use regulations, former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, said that due to the nature of the federal regulatory process, it would be difficult to introduce more flexibility for complying with the Stage 2 rules.
October 11, 2013
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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 to do, attendees of CHIME's Fall CIO Forum heard at a session on Oct. 9.
October 10, 2013
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There is a growing trend of physicians sharing their written notes with patients, and that's not such a bad idea, says attorney and consultant David Harlow, principal at The Harlow Group, LLC.
October 9, 2013
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While physicians recognize the benefits of electronic health records, they also complain that many systems deployed nowadays are cumbersome to use and often act as obstacles to quality care, according to a new report from RAND Corporation.
October 9, 2013
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During the government shutdown, only four of the total 184 on-board staffers at ONC would be retained and charged with handling "orderly phase-down and suspension of operations."
October 1, 2013
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Just when you thought all the money for the healthcare industry under ARRA has been revealed, HHS made another announcement last Friday that the federal government will give the healthcare workforce $130.8 million in grants.
September 20, 2010
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The American Hospital Association is putting pressure on legislators to change one area of the final ruling on the federal incentives for the meaningful use of EHRs.
September 16, 2010
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A recent survey conducted by eHealth Initiatives and MedPlus reveal that primary care physicians aren't rushing to their local regional extension centers to sign up for technical services.
September 15, 2010
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According to an August CHIME survey, 28 percent of CIOs expect to qualify for stimulus funding in the first six months of fiscal year 2011, which begins on October 1, 2010. An additional 62 percent said they expect to qualify between April 1, 2011, and September 30, 2012 - the end of Stage 1 of the incentive program.
September 14, 2010
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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last Friday that nearly $20 million will be awarded to 1,655 critical-access and rural hospitals in 41 states and the District of Columbia-based nationwide Indian Country.
September 13, 2010
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The Los Angeles Times printed an interesting article about the rising use of medical scribes - young, often pre-med students - who follow physicians on their rounds to input notes into the hospital's EMR system.
September 9, 2010
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If you've got a lot of money and your reputation on the line in an effort to create a huge paradigm shift in how we as an industry deliver healthcare, you need to create an infrastructure and make available the resources to support this tsunami of social and technological change. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has carefully architected such an infrastructure.
September 8, 2010
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Federal incentives for the meaningful use of EHRs has been a hot topic within the discipline and profession of chiropractic. A fairly recent article in Chiropractic Economics brought up some interesting issues.
September 7, 2010
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As healthcare providers examine the final "meaningful use" regulations, perhaps too much focus is centered on IT system requirements and gap analysis.
September 2, 2010
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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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