Meaningful Use

 
The Commonwealth Fund published another one of its eye-opening reports recently. It was one of those scorecards the organization issues from time to time. This scorecard is a “first ever,” and the results are grim.
September 20, 2013
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The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, held on Capitol Hill Sept. 17 and 18 was a highlight of this year's annual National Health IT Week, educating some 500 members of the public, congressional staffers and members of Congress about health IT.
September 19, 2013
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The federal government could do a better job helping to transform the nation's healthcare system, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, said at a Capitol Hill press conference Sept. 18. The conference was part of the HIMSS HIT Policy Summit held during National Health IT Week.
September 19, 2013
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You'd be justified in wondering whether the Office of the National Coordinator might soon see its workload wane, what with EHR adoption having reached critical mass and meaningful use incentive funding dwindling toward the halfway point. But you'd be wrong, says Farzad Mostashari, MD.
September 19, 2013
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Approximately 68 percent of hospitals have purchased technology from a software vendor that has been certified to the 2014 Edition certification criteria, according to data collected through June 2013 in the HIMSS Analytics Database. Other HIMSS research also support the findings.
September 18, 2013
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The Scorecard provides the first state-by-state comparison of the healthcare experiences of the 39 percent of Americans with incomes less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or $47,000 a year for a family of four and $23,000 for an individual.
September 18, 2013
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With National Health IT week well under way in the nation's capital, HIMSS is putting the spotlight on a few leaders who have been working to advance the use of health information technology throughout the country.
September 17, 2013
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As patient engagement grows, a new survey indicates that a growing number of U.S. consumers would be willing to switch doctors to gain online access to their own electronic medical records. Doctors, though, are not as eager to make the change.
September 16, 2013
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The American College of Physicians has become the most recent group to press the government for a delay in Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, citing among several other concerns, EHR certification and implementation issues.
September 13, 2013
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UnitedHealth Group has voluntarily recalled its OptumInsight emergency department electronic health record software after a glitch resulted in physician notes failing to appear in the records.
September 11, 2013
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Medical practices' annual expenditures per full-time-equivalent physician for information technology costs have climbed 27.8 percent, from a median of $15,211 in 2008 to a reported $19,439 in 2012, according to the MGMA Cost Survey Report: 2013 Report Based on 2012 Data.
September 10, 2013
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Meaningful use Stage 2 of the electronic health record incentive program is definitely tougher, and some elements of CPOE could catch providers off guard, says Laura Kreofsky, principal advisor at Impact Advisors.
September 6, 2013
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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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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 30, 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 26, 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 25, 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 24, 2010
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