Meaningful Use

 
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March 14, 2013
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Dan Michelson, CEO of Strata Decision Technology, who has spent more than 20 years in the healthcare sector, argues that the healthcare industry would do well to take lessons from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
March 11, 2013
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The day after President Bill Clinton told the HIMSS13 audience that the healthcare system was broken, but could be fixed, ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, offered a personal example of that broken system: his Mom.
March 7, 2013
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At the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition on Wednesday, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, announced plans to accelerate health information exchange in the the U.S.
March 6, 2013
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(COMMENTARY) Almost 20 years ago close to 4,000 people from 200 companies gathered in San Diego for a conference to discuss the future of healthcare information technology. It was one of the first big conferences held by HIMSS. Glen Tullman, who was among the attendees, pauses to consider what has happened in the world of IT since then.
March 6, 2013
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Some docs are having trouble with meaningful use. Indeed, as William S. Underwood, senior associate at the American College of Physicians, noted in an education session Tuesday at HIMSS13, there's been a 15 percent increase in reports that practices are "very dissatisfied" with their EHRs since 2010.
March 5, 2013
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Fulfilling meaningful use objectives for patient engagement is not as simple as checking off boxes, says one industry expert. It's a mindset, a way of thinking about healthcare, that connects to patients where and how they want to be reached.
March 5, 2013
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Last year at HIMSS, I predicted that by now, the majority of all healthcare delivered in this country would be done electronically, not on paper. And you've done it! The adoption of electronic health records has risen to 72 percent among office-based physicians, and 85 percent among hospitals.
March 5, 2013
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The meaningful use Stage 2 standards are expected to reduce some of the confusion associated with health information exchange.
March 4, 2013
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As soon as he stepped onto the stage at HIMSS13 on Monday morning to deliver his keynote, Ochsner Health System President and CEO Warner Thomas acknowledged he might have preferred to follow a speaker other than New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
March 4, 2013
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With an eye towards health reform improvements, the Department of Vermont Health Access has signed a four-year $48 million contract with HP Enterprise Services, which will continue on as the state's Medicaid fiscal agent after more than three decades.
February 27, 2013
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San Diego-based Humetrix has expanded the ways patients and physicians can exchange health records via its iBlueButton app using not only iPhones and iPads but also Android devices with secure Quick Response code to transfer the patient's Blue Button record between systems.
February 26, 2013
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Nuance, provider of clinical documentation and communication products to healthcare organizations, released a survey it conducted with nearly 1,000 physicians. It is somewhat self-serving - more on that later - but it does highlight issues to which EHR vendors need to pay attention.
December 24, 2009
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IBM Global Financing, the lending and leasing business segment of IBM, announced financing partnerships with four health IT vendors to speed the adoption of EMRs. It's a step in the right direction.
December 23, 2009
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Missouri's nickname is the "Show-Me State," which supposedly is attributed to a state representative and exemplifies a stubbornness and devotion to simple common sense. I thought about the state nickname and what it means as I read an article in the Columbia Missourian yesterday about state legislators praising and condemning EHRs. I thought it was a good time to appeal to a little "show-me" common sense.
December 22, 2009
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In the Washington Times last week, Tevi Troy and Jason Fodeman, MD, wrote a commentary, "Electronic flash in pan: Computerized records' cost-cutting falls short," essentially bashing President Obama's push for computerizing patient records.
December 21, 2009
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KLAS released its annual rankings of healthcare software and services vendors yesterday. Rankings aside, the most important data point of the survey of hospital CIOs and medical practice executives is that customer satisfaction for ambulatory care EMRs dropped significantly.
December 16, 2009
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Researchers at the University College of London (UCL) analyzed hundreds of studies on EHR projects and concluded that they don't deliver on their promises. This study follows on the heels of two separate Harvard University studies that came to the same conclusion.
December 15, 2009
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One of the biggest challenges, if not the biggest challenge, of EMRs and EHRs is ensuring that the data is secure and patient privacy honored. There will always be a camp that thinks EMRs and EHRs can never be secured and we ought not use them. That's not the reality today, so we as an industry and a society need to keep the discussion going on how we can trust electronic patient data.
December 14, 2009
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A recent study found that physicians who have EHRs are more likely to report adverse drug events than those who don't have computerized patient records.
December 10, 2009
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AtlantiCare (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) and Heartland Health (St. Joseph, Mo.) were awarded the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards for their organizational innovation and performance excellence. Not surprisingly, one of the components of both of their successful programs is healthcare IT. Also not surprisingly, in light of the HITECH Act's grants, both healthcare systems have EMRs and health information exchange (HIE).
December 9, 2009
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Back in July, I wrote an article about developing a health IT workforce within the community college system that will be needed to help physician groups and healthcare systems implement EMRs and EHRs with the passage of the ARRA legislation.
December 7, 2009
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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and David Blumenthal, MD, head of ONC, announced yesterday the release of $235 million in health IT grants to communities. The recipients will be local governments and non-profit organizations that already have health IT in place. The goal of the funding will be to help them expand and demonstrate health IT's benefits for population health.
December 3, 2009
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A recent study of 10 projects nationwide by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) highlights the value derived by patient-centered medical homes (PCMH). The benefits include improved quality of care as a result of better coordination of care, enhanced access and reduction in costs because of fewer hospitalizations and ED visits.
December 2, 2009
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