CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has jumped head first into the deep waters of mobile health. The health insurance giant has selected Cognizant, a mobile communication company, to provide a platform for getting mobile apps to its 3.3 million members.
With an array of industry groups anxiously calling for a delay of meaningful use Stage 2, HIMSS has made the case for a more nuanced approach, asking federal officials to launch Stage 2 on schedule but extend year one of the attestation period.
The inaugural class of 28 meaningful use-savvy clinicians and healthcare professionals in the Office of the National Coordinator's Health IT Fellows program aims to help other primary care providers find success with care coordination, medication management, preventive care and more.
Since the introduction of LexisNexis, it’s been an open question in the mind of many prominent policymakers whether they’ll be remembered for their substantive accomplishments, or for the number and variety of soundbites they managed to feed to the ever-hungry media. But, it seems, the two are not mutually exclusive.
Stage 2 of the government’s 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.
Hank Fanberg sat on a stage in Denver this past July and confessed his concern. He was worried that many of his colleagues nationwide were still ill-prepared for what’s next in the march toward meaningful use. He wondered, he said, whether some organizations "really, truly grasp the magnitude of some of the changes" demanded by Stage 2.
Technology and disruption have long been familiar bedfellows. Whereas that has been more evident in the private sector than in the federal government, a group within HHS is striving to bring the agency forward.
The Senate Finance Committee held two hearings in July on health information technology, where some senators called for a pause in the federal government’s electronic health records meaningful use incentive program.
Government should play a critical yet limited role in convening and engaging – and, where necessary, setting standards and establishing a floor – for healthcare IT, said Farzad Mostashari, MD, national coordinator for health information technology, during his remarks as a recent Health IT Policy Committee meeting.
The American Academy of Family Physicians has appealed to CMS to delay the meaningful use Stage 2 timeline by one year. Otherwise, AAFP notes in an Aug. 7 letter to CMS, the program is likely to "outstrip the capacity of many certified electronic health record technology vendors and ambulatory family medicine practices."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.