Meaningful Use

 
No one seems to be offering up potential candidates for the Office of the National Coordinator. But some names have been mentioned in the past, and insiders point to a deep and talented bench at ONC.
August 7, 2013
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After an eventful two-year stint as deputy national coordinator, Farzad Mostashari, MD took the helm at ONC just as the meaningful use program began to gather steam. His tenure will be remembered as one of unprecedented change for the industry. Here's a look back at some of his star turns in Healthcare IT News over the years.
August 7, 2013
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Analyzing clinical and claims data for quality and efficiency in accountable care is certainly a big driver for considering big data in health right now. In this area, as in others, the flexibility that big data tools have to work with unstructured, as well as structured, data offers help in pursuing this very complex task.
August 7, 2013
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Stakeholders across the healthcare industry say Farzad Mostashari, MD will be dearly missed when he leaves his post as national coordinator for health IT.
August 6, 2013
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Farzad Mostashari, MD has said he intends to step down from the national coordinator post this fall. Mostashari spent four years with ONC, first as a deputy national coordinator, then taking over as the national coordinator in 2011. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement in a letter to HHS staff.
August 6, 2013
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Patients who have used electronic medical records are significantly more satisfied with their doctors overall, according to the findings of a new study.
August 6, 2013
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The global healthcare IT outsourcing market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.6 percent, to reach $50.4 billion by 2018 from $35 billion in 2013, according to a new RnR Market Research report.
August 6, 2013
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Healthcare organizations are seeing their top talent poached, even after offering 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.
August 5, 2013
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Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use Program requires that at least 5 percent of patients view, download, and transmit their health information and send a secure electronic message to their provider. But this objective, lowered from 10 percent, still worries the healthcare community.
August 2, 2013
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The Health Resources and Services Administration allocated $3 million for new grants to help community health centers implement and meaningfully use IT.
August 2, 2013
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Serives recently announced it has paid out more than $9.3 billion in Medicare EHR Incentive Program payments between May 2011 and June 2013.
August 1, 2013
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The case has been made many times that technology will help healthcare organizations become more efficient. But even for those who manage to implement new EHR systems, how many actually know how to make the best use of them?
August 1, 2013
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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 6, 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 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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