Meaningful Use

 
Leaders of healthcare policy encouraged the industry to move ahead faster during a keynote address at the National Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 4 "...help us speed up the rate of change," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius encouraged conference attendees.
February 6, 2013
News
The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a public-private collaboration established under the auspices of the National Quality Forum, has submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services its second annual round of suggestions with regard to federal performance measures.
February 5, 2013
News
EHR implementation, meaningful use and compliance are the top three healthcare CIO priorities for 2013, according to a study released Feb. 4 by Level 3.
February 5, 2013
News
As a new generation of seniors enters Medicare and millions of lower-income Americans gain Medicaid or private insurance for the first time in 2014, federal officials at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT are trying to help align the patient engagement movement with consumer e-health.
February 5, 2013
News
Health IT adoption at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) has yielded significant quality of care improvements, a new study has found, even as the health centers are still coming up to speed with meaningful use. The study measures the extent of electronic health record and health information exchange use and associated quality of care across several functions.
February 4, 2013
News
The Sunlight Foundation has announced the launch of a new influence-tracking website that uncovers trends in the federal rulemaking process.
January 31, 2013
News
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has recommended changes to an interim Stage 2 final rule, with a focus on easing clinical quality measure reporting for certain hospitals, officials announced Tuesday.
January 31, 2013
News
As meaningful use and ACOs pick up steam, oncology providers contend with regulatory pressures with or without help from their vendors, according to a new report from research firm KLAS.
January 30, 2013
News
Interoperability is a lynchpin for health IT advancement, yet it is lacking, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) told the audience at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 2012 Annual Meeting, Dec. 12 in Washington, DC.
January 30, 2013
News
A recent visit to a small hospital just a couple of miles from my home opened my eyes to how much can be accomplished on the health information technology front even with modest means.
January 30, 2013
News
In a November Congressional hearing, National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, told the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation that the implementation of meaningful use was meant to be challenging. "This is a long road," Mostashari said.
January 30, 2013
News
My neighbor is a nurse at a 600-bed hospital. Recently the IDN of which it's part switched over to a brand new, multi-million-dollar EHR system. To hear her tell it, this was not a popular decision among her nursing colleagues.
January 30, 2013
News
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
There's still a lot of talk about the findings of two separate studies that were announced last week regarding the lack of savings generated by electronic health record systems. Advocates of health IT vociferously defended EHRs and EMRs.
November 30, 2009
Blog