Meaningful Use

 
OCHIN, (parent of O-HITEC), a non-profit provider of health information technology and services for community based health clinics serving the medically underserved, has reached an agreement with ORHQN to assist Oregon's 25 Critical Access Hospitals in reaching the federal requirement to meaningfully use an electronic health record.
May 10, 2011
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Governor Abercrombie and Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Patricia McManaman today announced plans to expand access to a new model of health care delivery that will focus on patient care and technology.
May 9, 2011
Press Release
Healthcare information technology developer UNIVAL announces SentryDirect -- a new modular technology platform that simplifies the authenticated, point-to-point electronic exchange of health information between electronic health record systems (EHRs), registries and health information exchanges (HIEs).
May 9, 2011
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This week Indiana was one of the first 15 states to open their Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for registration to Medicaid eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals.
May 6, 2011
Press Release
Sage Healthcare Division announced today that it has been named an appropriate and qualified vendor of the New Mexico Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (NM HITREC). Serving more than 400,000 healthcare professionals, including 80,000 physicians in North America, Sage will make its ONC-ATCB certified Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition available to the REC’s more than 1,000 participating physicians.  
April 25, 2011
Press Release
Sage North America today announced that the Sage Healthcare Division is fully engaged in the process of certifying Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition as a qualified meaningful use solution.
October 7, 2010
Press Release
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Friday issued proposals for the 2015 edition of electronic health record certification criteria.
February 21, 2014
News
Federal, state and local governments have long used tax deductions and credits as policy tools to direct individual and organizational behavior. We take it for granted that incentives work -- the debates on government incentives tend to cluster around their ethical use or the economics involved.
February 18, 2014
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The sheer volume of uncoordinated measures are overwhelming clinicians and until they are narrowed down and made uniform across all sectors of healthcare, the task of improving care will remain elusive. So say former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt.
February 17, 2014
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The evolution of the health IT marketplace continues, toward growth, change and consolidation. Biggest winners? Scalable companies, especially those whose products focus on revenue cycle and clinical decision making.
February 15, 2014
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There's been a lot of talk lately about what exactly the electronic health record is - and what it's going to be.
February 15, 2014
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The original, 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act legislation that created the $27 billion incentive program for meaningful use of EHRs made bonus payments contingent upon using "certified" EHR technology.
February 15, 2014
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Economics may provide a disincentive for some physicians and other individual eligible providers to continue with meaningful use in 2013 and beyond.
February 15, 2014
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Stage 2 of the federal electronic health records incentive program known as meaningful use is underway for providers that first reached Stage 1 in 2011.
February 15, 2014
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As our cover story this month points out, the course to achieving meaningful use Stage 2 could be rocky, fraught with big and small stumbling blocks.
February 15, 2014
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Since its founding in 2004, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has been referred to most often by its shorthand: CCHIT. That acronym is now more important than ever, since the organization is no longer in the EHR certification business.
February 15, 2014
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There are some folks in healthcare who don't hold the federal government’s $27 billion EHR Incentive Program in very high regard. Patrick Soon-Shiong is one of those people.
February 15, 2014
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The Stage 2 numbers for eligible professionals are, some might say, a little bit scary. Most office-based physicians are not in line to demonstrate meaningful use Stage 2 in 2014. In fact, many are not even close.
February 15, 2014
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The arrival of <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">HITECH</a> and other laws designed to enforce HIPAA privacy guidelines makes maintaining HIPAA compliance more important than ever. Faxing anything, in a traditional manner, while maintaining compliance is extremely difficult. Therefore, we need to change the way we process and handle patient healthcare information. Fortunately, the advent of intelligent fax boards has paved the way for healthcare entities to transition into the future while allowing for more economical use of resources and reducing environmental impact.
October 18, 2012
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By taking a comprehensive approach to systems management, healthcare providers’ IT departments can significantly reduce the amount of time required to perform routine maintenance tasks, therefore improving productivity. These time savings allow IT departments to shift staff to more value added activities that help support the business and reachstrategic goals.
September 19, 2012
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This white paper provides a brief overview of HIPAA regulations and how healthcare organizations are using technology to assist with compliance. Many traditional document handling processes do not comply with HIPAA regulations for privacy and security. The whitepaper discusses network faxing, explores advantages for implementing a network fax solution to support HIPAA compliance initiatives and to improve the security and overall efficiency of the document transmission processes.
September 11, 2012
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This white paper summarizes five vital strategies drawn from the experiences of hundreds of successful implementations in community hospitals across the nation--starting with implementation planning and carrying through go-live to ongoing optimization of the EHR. Leaders who follow them will sidestep common pitfalls and maximize use of this culture-changing tool.
September 10, 2012
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Specialty medicine practices rarely employ a dedicated information technology resource. Durham Nephrology is no exception. The Durham practice navigated the uncharted waters of attesting to <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Meaningful Use</a> under <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">the HITECH Act</a> of 2009 without the benefit of an IT expert or outside consultant. They implemented an <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> system in 2003 and believed that an EHR was the only long-term, effective way to organize patient charts and clinical notes. Read this story to find out this resourceful team achieved their goals--and more.
September 4, 2012
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As doctors and hospitals fight for the lives of their patients, they find themselves drowning in a sea of paperwork. Healthcare workers struggle daily to communicate patient information quickly and securely while complying with numerous insurance policies and industry regulations. Now, with demand from the White House to demonstrate "<a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">meaningful use</a>", the incentive to invest in communications technology has never been greater. This report by Smith Ivanson explores the top communication challenges Healthcare organizations face today, and why many of them are turning to Fax Servers to send, receive, and store <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHRs</a>.
August 29, 2012
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As healthcare organizations develop strategies to comply with federal mandates and succeed in the new environment, wireless is one of the emerging technologies that can enable organizations to meet their clinical and business objectives, especially in this era of having to do more with a finite set of resources. This paper, featuring results from a Healthcare IT News online survey from June and July 2012, discusses current usage of wireless data technology in healthcare and identifies areas of demand and the potential benefits of wireless solutions and strategies.
August 29, 2012
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Every HIM initiative - especially clinical documentation - relies on a single common thread for success: the availability and integrity of the right data to drive the correct decisions and follow-on actions. Capturing accurate, complete quality clinical documentation is the most critical and fundamental component in providing quality care, and ultimately has the biggest connection to generating revenue. This white paper describes the risks associated with the lack of a core HIT strategy; identifies HIT strategies that can help manage the complex clinical documentation challenges associated with ICD-10, RAC and ACOs; and provides an overview of existing and emerging technologies that have significant impact on addressing these challenges.
August 2, 2012
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Based on interviews from physicians, academic institutions, hospitals and health systems, this paper details five strategic imperatives for anyone in the health care industry who wants their organization to face the future from a position of strength.
July 2, 2012
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This white paper discusses how using analytics can provide insights into improving relationships between physicians and patients as well as improving patient adherence to medication therapy. This paper also offers five best practices to engage patients as active members of the care team.
July 2, 2012
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Every patient has a unique story. Dictated narrative reports have long been the preferred approach. As one doctor put it, “One of the most helpful lessons I’ve learned about being a physician is that we’re story tellers. We’re trying to capture the patient’s full story.” Yet the industry has created a crisis of capture around clinical narrative in the move to EHRs and other electronic clinical systems. Pursuing the legitimate need for structured data, a paradigm of template-based data entry has been pushed at the expense of rich narrative documentation. This white paper reveals how cloud-based speech understanding technology and services convert the physician narrative into a high quality and customized electronic record that improves the quality of clinical data, while accelerating and automating the documentation process.
June 26, 2012
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Structured and unstructured information are valuable assets that allow companies to make informed business decisions. As a common practice, companies have adopted back office systems and CRM as part of their IT infrastructure to address structured information that’s commonly found in databases. While CRM lays the foundation for the IT infrastructure it does not address the unstructured data that can be found between core systems.
June 22, 2012
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The New England Journal of Medicine has just published a study that compared the differences in health outcomes between paper-based and EHR-based practices, and if all you did was skim the headlines announcing the results you might think all questions surrounding EHRs had finally been put to rest.
September 6, 2011
Blog
The architects of the HITECH Act are hoping that a lot of things are going to change within the next five years.
September 1, 2011
Blog
It’s no secret that many HIT advocates are frustrated at the pace of the HIT transition.
August 31, 2011
Blog
“Knock the heck out of it,” ONC Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD, exhorted attendees at an Allscripts conference, yesterday.
August 30, 2011
Blog
We interrupt these dog days of summer for a bit of a doctors’ food fight.
August 29, 2011
Blog
It’s a chicken-or-egg question: Will doctors adopting EHRs lead to a rise in the use of Personal Health Records (PHRs), or will increasing consumer demand for personal health information force reluctant doctors to go digital?
August 26, 2011
Blog
More often than not, general surveys are probably of little use to policymakers.
August 24, 2011
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Lately, we’ve been pondering how policymakers should approach educating patients about the HIT transition.
August 23, 2011
Blog
Anyone who doubts the complexity of the HIT transition should talk to a lawyer.
August 18, 2011
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It's pretty much a given in HIT policy circles that the public needs to know more about the potential benefits of health IT.
August 18, 2011
Blog
You say "po-tay-to," I say "po-tah-to."
August 16, 2011
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How far should government go to make good things happen?
August 12, 2011
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