Meaningful Use

 
Dan Michelson, CEO of Strata Decision Technology, who has spent more than 20 years in the healthcare sector, argues that the healthcare industry would do well to take lessons from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
March 11, 2013
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The day after President Bill Clinton told the HIMSS13 audience that the healthcare system was broken, but could be fixed, ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, offered a personal example of that broken system: his Mom.
March 7, 2013
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At the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition on Wednesday, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, announced plans to accelerate health information exchange in the the U.S.
March 6, 2013
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(COMMENTARY) Almost 20 years ago close to 4,000 people from 200 companies gathered in San Diego for a conference to discuss the future of healthcare information technology. It was one of the first big conferences held by HIMSS. Glen Tullman, who was among the attendees, pauses to consider what has happened in the world of IT since then.
March 6, 2013
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Some docs are having trouble with meaningful use. Indeed, as William S. Underwood, senior associate at the American College of Physicians, noted in an education session Tuesday at HIMSS13, there's been a 15 percent increase in reports that practices are "very dissatisfied" with their EHRs since 2010.
March 5, 2013
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Fulfilling meaningful use objectives for patient engagement is not as simple as checking off boxes, says one industry expert. It's a mindset, a way of thinking about healthcare, that connects to patients where and how they want to be reached.
March 5, 2013
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Last year at HIMSS, I predicted that by now, the majority of all healthcare delivered in this country would be done electronically, not on paper. And you've done it! The adoption of electronic health records has risen to 72 percent among office-based physicians, and 85 percent among hospitals.
March 5, 2013
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The meaningful use Stage 2 standards are expected to reduce some of the confusion associated with health information exchange.
March 4, 2013
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As soon as he stepped onto the stage at HIMSS13 on Monday morning to deliver his keynote, Ochsner Health System President and CEO Warner Thomas acknowledged he might have preferred to follow a speaker other than New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
March 4, 2013
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With an eye towards health reform improvements, the Department of Vermont Health Access has signed a four-year $48 million contract with HP Enterprise Services, which will continue on as the state's Medicaid fiscal agent after more than three decades.
February 27, 2013
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San Diego-based Humetrix has expanded the ways patients and physicians can exchange health records via its iBlueButton app using not only iPhones and iPads but also Android devices with secure Quick Response code to transfer the patient's Blue Button record between systems.
February 26, 2013
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A new report, supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, demonstrates that processing prescriptions through computerized provider order entry can cut drug errors in half, and could avoid more than 17 million adverse incidents annually.
February 22, 2013
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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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The final rule on the meaningful use of EHRs may have been released three weeks ago, but the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid are not idly standing by.
August 5, 2010
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As we look forward to the transformation that the stimulus will accelerate, it's worth thinking through where this change may lead us. The real question is, how will the widespread use of electronic health records change healthcare in America?
August 4, 2010
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At the iHT2 Summer Health IT Summit in Denver last week, hospital executives talked about what they must do to achieve meaningful use from EHRs. Some health organizations, such as Catholic Health Initiatives, are starting from scratch. You'd think being an early adopter would give a system a leg up, but going in fresh has its advantages.
August 4, 2010
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Depending upon whom you believe, the numbers are all over the place in terms of how much defensive medicine costs the healthcare industry and the country.
August 3, 2010
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The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has added three certification programs for EHRs. This is good news. Adding more specialties, namely, behavior health, dermatology and long-term and post-acute care, will help drive EHR adoption across provider groups and spread the benefits of EHRs to a greater number of patients.
July 29, 2010
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The "Party of No" continues its unrelenting assault on anything the current administration does, and its latest victim is the final meaningful use criteria. Really.
July 28, 2010
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Suffice to say, when John Glaser speaks, the healthcare industry should listen. Even as Glaser moves from the healthcare provider and policy areas of the industry to the vendor side, he remains a respected authority on healthcare IT.
July 27, 2010
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