Meaningful Use

 
Can the current regulatory structure in place within the federal government keep pace with health IT without inhibiting innovation?
May 20, 2013
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The preponderance of mobile voice technologies is going to give a big boost to efforts to empower patients to take a more active role in their own healthcare, says Nick van Terheyden, MD, chief medical information officer for Nuance Communications. Specifically, he sees three trends picking up speed as a result of conversational user interfaces.
May 15, 2013
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National eHealth Collaborative and Healthwise, a nonprofit organization that develops patient education and engagement technology, announced Tuesday that, as part of their collaborative efforts, Healthwise will make NeHC's Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool available to clients.
May 15, 2013
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Most healthcare organizations participating in the meaningful use incentive program are focused right now on achieving Stages 1 or 2, but the MU program goes on long past that, says one expert. Organizations need to start considering how they will make meaningful use sustainable into the future.
May 14, 2013
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"It's systems that let ordinary people do extraordinary things," national coordinator for health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD said during a Health IT Policy Committee meeting talk that vice chair Paul Tang described immediately afterward as "inspiring and challenging."
May 14, 2013
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The number of U.S. physicians using electronic medical records has topped 90 percent, and nearly half of the doctors polled for a new Accenture survey say they now use health information exchange technology -- an uptick of 32 percent.
May 9, 2013
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Responding to a feedback request from Senators on Capitol Hill regarding health IT adoption, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives called for a one-year pushback of the Stage 2 meaningful use deadline and defended the efficacy of the federal incentive program.
May 6, 2013
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this year implemented pre-payment audits on Medicare and dually eligible -- Medicare and Medicaid -- providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. The audit programs target between 5 and 10 percent of eligible professionals attesting for meaningful use, according to Elizabeth Holland, director of the HIT Initiatives Group within CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services.
May 3, 2013
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The Department of Health and Human Services has released an enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care -- a blueprint meant to help organizations improve healthcare quality in serving diverse communities in the U.S.
May 1, 2013
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The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative will offer program management services to support the Massachusetts eHealth Institute Last Mile Program, which seeks to stimulate adoption of health information exchange technology.
April 25, 2013
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Meaningful use will bring about the most significant improvements in the health information technology arena, say health IT executives, who are working tirelessly to meet industry deadlines. However, a new survey finds it's still a trying task, with officials citing regulation ambiguity and competing IT projects as the biggest barriers to moving forward with MU.
April 23, 2013
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Navigating the waters around meaningful use can be tricky, but there are plenty of tools and techniques at hand to help make the transition a smooth and positive one.
April 23, 2013
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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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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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Continuing on the theme of Monday’s blog on driving critical mass, two significant medical certification boards - the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) - have announced their intention to make health IT deployment a standard in their assessment and certification of physician competency.
August 10, 2010
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Commercial payers don't come to mind when you think of health IT adoption, but many have been active in the area for quite a while.
August 9, 2010
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