Demand for meaningful use help has exploded, increasing competition between third-party consulting firms-most of whom are excelling in MU-related work, according to a new report from research firm KLAS.
Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments are approaching $7 billion since the program's beginning, with $6.9 billion paid out to 143,800 physicians and hospitals in total program estimates through the end of August.
Christopher Boone, director of outpatient quality and health IT for the American Heart Association in Dallas, will fill a vacancy on the federal Health Information Technology Policy Committee. Boone will fill one of three committee positions held by advocates for patients or consumers.
Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote at HIMSS13 in New Orleans on March 6. HIMSS officials released its list of speakers on Sept. 5, the same day Clinton delivered the keynote at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
With close to 700 pages to peruse, the newly released guidelines for Stage 2 Meaningful Use and the 2014 Edition Standards & Certification Criteria present a challenge for almost anyone. And for those looking for references to mHealth, the reward is meager: Only seven mentions of the word "mobile" in from both sources together.
In the midst of rolling out a new electronic health record system across eight hospitals and at work on meaninful use objectives, MaineHealth will also deploy speech recognition technology to make it easier and quicker to fill in the patient chart.
Arcadia Solutions, a health IT consultancy, has partnered with Harvard University and University of Washington for a program in which masters and Ph.D students will work with its clients to research the challenges associated with EHR adoption and meaningful use.
Chief information officers were scrambling to wade through and make sense of more than 1,000 pages of Stage 2 meaningful use rules yesterday afternoon, with some poring over the details late into the night. Most seem pleased, so far, but say there's lots of work to do.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released final requirements for Stage 2 meaningful use on Aug. 23. The rules outline the criteria hospitals and healthcare providers must meet in order to qualify for incentives.
Witt/Kieffer, a national executive search firm, reported that it is conducting more searches for CIOs in the healthcare industry now than it has in the last 15 years. ARRA is playing a major role in the spike, said Linda Hodges, vice president of health information technology practice leader for Witt/Kieffer.
I was talking with Kim LaFontana, vice president of Ingenix, about the company's recently released results of a survey of 1,001 physicians on EHR adoption. While 82 percent of respondents cited cost as one of the top three risks for EHR deployment, disruption of workflow was right behind cost at 74 percent.
<p>For a good laugh, check out SEEDIE's latest <a target="_blank" href="http://seedie.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=1&Itemid=27">news</a>, its recommendations for meaningful use. As others have noted, the Society for Exorbitantly Expensive and Difficult to Implement EHRs pokes fun at the health IT industry in a way that makes us wince as we chuckle because the society zeroes in on the common struggles with electronic health record (EHR) implementations and especially the perceived greed and cavalier attitude of the vendor community.</p>
All states have submitted proposals to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) for how they intend to drive health IT adoption and statewide connectivity. Some states have yet to choose their state-designated entity to run the show, while others are relying on well-established organizations.
There are many cases of meaningful use of electronic medical records (EMRs) in the field right now, and Howard University Hospital's Diabetes Treatment Center is a terrific example. The Center integrated its EMR with personal health records (PHRs), which are being used by hundreds of diabetic patients for the purpose of managing their treatment online.
It's no surprise that disproportionate share hospitals, whose population they serve through Medicaid comprises mostly poor people, are lagging in EHR adoption, which a new survey reported in Health Affairs. What is disconcerting, the survey goes on to reveal, is that the way ARRA is structured may actually prevent funds from going to these most-deserving hospitals.
Here we go again: Another article on how electronic medical records are not a "cure-all." Can we please divorce EMRs and EHRs from the "cure-all" designation? EHR and EMR advocates don't see it as cure-alls, so why should critics?
Monika Mathur, MD, a family practitioner at the Fallon Clinic in Charlton, Mass., said she's never seen a paper chart. As one would guess, she is a young physician - with less than three years of practicing medicine. When she went looking for a job, she wanted an organization that was "EMR-friendly." Fallon Clinic's other facilities also have electronic medical record systems. Fallon Clinic is not the norm - at least not for now.
In its report, The State of U.S. Hospitals Relative to Achieving Meaningful Use Measurements, HIMSS Analytics lined up its EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) against the requirements and deadlines for meaningful use under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). It also looked at the current state of hospital capabilities according to its seven stages of EMRAM. The report concludes that hospitals with Stage 3 capabilities would be able to meet the 2011 measures, hospitals at Stage 4 would be able to meet 2013 measures, and hospitals at Stages 6 and 7 would meet the 2015 measures.
I was rooting for the Detroit Tigers to beat the Minnesota Twins in last Tuesday's play-off game to get into the American League Division Series. I explained to my nine-year-old, baseball-loving son that the Detroit area has been hard hit economically for many years now and they could use a morale booster (not to mention the revenue generated by post-season games). The unemployment rate in Detroit is 22 percent, nearly triple the national average. While they lost in heartbreaking fashion, the week ended with good news out of Flint, 66 miles away, which may have far lasting benefits for the region than the thrill of fall baseball.
The University of Virginia Medical Center's emergency department is transitioning to an electronic health record system by having scribes follow physicians and documenting their notes with a laptop. It's not exactly innovative, but maybe there's a case for calling it thinking out of the box. You could call it truly crosswalking from paper to paperless.
Critics of the federal stimulus package bemoan the cost of the program. Innovation in the marketplace, however, is filling the gaps on the road to every American having an electronic health record by 2014 and the development of the Nationwide Health Information Network. The benefits of innovation range from needing a bigger workforce to build and support those newly developed products to promoting IT adoption to lowering cost and improving the quality of care.