Meaningful Use

 
Adoption of basic electronic health records increased from nearly 34 percent in early 2011 to 44 percent by March 2012, according to a new study. Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal, MD, says that despite the challenges, EHR use is inevitable.
June 4, 2013
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Mark Savage, director of health information technology policy and programs with the National Partnership, takes the consumer's standpoint in EHR adoption and use -- meaning he is a supporter of strengthening, rather than delaying, the meaningful use program.
June 3, 2013
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday announced the release of new outpatient procedure cost data and new opportunities for researchers and developers. Sebelius made the announcement Monday at the start of Health Datapalooza IV, the fourth annual national conference on health data transparency.
June 3, 2013
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If you were a healthcare provider and all you did was read press releases, you'd be tempted to think that transitioning to a new EHR involved little more than opening the package and plugging in the contents. Naturally, things are a little more complicated than that.
May 31, 2013
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Iatric Systems, which specializes in health IT interoperability, has acquired Dallas-based Accent on Integration, which develops technology for connecting medical devices.
May 30, 2013
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"Stage 1 is tough but not too tough. Stages 2 and 3 are darn tough," says Laura Kreofsky, principal advisor at Naperville, Ill.-based Impact Advisors. By making Stage 1 so much easier than Stage 2, in some ways, CMS has set a false sense of security for providers.
May 29, 2013
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One month after six Republican Senators published a white paper calling for a new approach to the federal meaningful use incentive program, the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association, has drafted a point-by-point response.
May 21, 2013
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VHA, a nationwide healthcare network of 1,400 not-for-profit healthcare organizations that work to boost clinical performance while reducing costs, has cut a deal with Phytel to help its members tackle population management.
May 20, 2013
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There are buzz phrases, and then there are buzz phrases. And if there's one phrase that has permeated the healthcare sector more thoroughly than all the others, it's probably "accountable care." But what exactly does it mean? Or, more to the point for healthcare providers, how do you know when you're actually providing it?
May 20, 2013
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Long before meaningful use and patient engagement became part of the popular parlance in the realm of healthcare IT, Boston-based EMC Corp., which describes itself as a global leader in enabling businesses to transform their operations, launched a transformation initiative of its own.
May 19, 2013
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Not all electronic health records are created equal. At least that’s the message ONC officials communicated April 25 when they announced that two EHRs, previously certified under the EHR Incentive Programs, failed to meet industry requirements and have since had their certifications revoked.
May 19, 2013
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When stakeholders, federal officials and proponents of electronic health records first tossed around the idea of providing incentives to help move the giant boulder of progress up the mountain, there were plenty of skeptics. How can you take physicians who are set in their ways – and patients who are used to those ways – and change all the rules? But, change they did, and in just two years since the EHR Incentive Program began, more hospitals and physicians than ever before have gone digital.
May 19, 2013
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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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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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