Meaningful Use

 
The Idaho Health Data Exchange is enlisting providers and vendors, seeking to help them become accountable care organizations, achieve Stage 2 meaningful use and ultimately comply with the broader aims of the Affordable Care Act.
September 21, 2012
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U.S. Senator John Kerry is sponsoring legislation that would expand meaningful use financial incentives for providers that serve predominantly lower-income Americans but don’t qualify for the Medicaid EHR incentive program.
September 19, 2012
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Tigerlabs has launched a health IT accelerator program, Tigerlabs Health, which is billed as the first such venture to be headquartered in the Garden State's pharmaceutical corridor.
September 19, 2012
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Michigan Health Connect, the state's largest health information exchange, connecting 54 member hospitals and more than 4,000 physicians statewide, has partnered with Greenway Medical Technologies to provide large-scale integrated health data exchange for ambulatory practices and clinics.
September 19, 2012
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In a bid to spur collaboration among providers, ambulatory electronic health record developer eClinicalWorks has launched Join The Network, a peer-to-peer communications platform that officials say will enable physicians to connect with each other, irrespective of the EHR they use.
September 17, 2012
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Timothy Bickmore, associate professor at Northeastern University's College of Computer and Information Science, has been working for the past decade in the area of "relational agents." He says these artificially intelligent avatars are poised for a promising future in healthcare.
September 17, 2012
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Boston Children’s Hospital knows a little something about what it takes to be at the top. Consistently recognized for its medical specialties and patient care, it is considered one of the best pediatric hospitals in the world.
September 14, 2012
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An idea can change a lot over eight years and while the intent of interoperability remains essentially the same, its application has split off in various directions since 2004, when the Bush administration called for establishment of electronic health records, universal connectivity between healthcare providers and named David Brailer, MD, as national health information technology coordinator.
September 14, 2012
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"We spent lots of effort and dollars to implement EMRs and tools like those, but at the end of the day, the real value comes from how we're going to mine the information and use it," says Darren Dworkin, CIO of Cedars-Sinai Health System.
September 14, 2012
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As director of the HIT Initiatives Group in the Office of E-Health Standards and Services at CMS, Elizabeth Holland is intimately involved in shaping meaningful use criteria. She gives an inside view of what it's like to write the rules.
September 13, 2012
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There are no set appropriations for how much the federal government can spend on rewarding providers who adopt and use electronic health records under the Medicare and Medicaid meaningful use EHR incentive program, according to National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD.
September 13, 2012
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The upfront investment, development charges and personnel costs associated with traditional electronic health record (EHR) implementations make clear that getting to Stage 1 Meaningful Use is only the beginning of the investment. Additional enhancements required for Stage 2, changes in the regulatory environment, even minor code fixes - all will dramatically increase the overall cost of an already expensive proprietary EHR system.
September 13, 2012
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As the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continues to hone its definition of meaningful use for health IT, it should take note of the results of Kaiser Permanente’s osteoporosis prevention program.
November 11, 2009
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Recently, clinicians have asked me "why should I implement my organization's preferred EHR when I've found a less expensive vendor that promises meaningful use?"
November 10, 2009
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Sharp Community Medical Group (SCMG), comprising 200 primary care physicians and 500 specialists in private practices in the San Diego area, and Graybill Medical Group, based in Escondido and one of the largest primary care practices in California, are going to develop a patient management and electronic health record systems. They are also developing strategies that will make implementations more efficient and therefore achieve go-live much sooner than traditional software implementations.
November 10, 2009
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Aside from the upfront cost of implementing electronic health records (EHRs), one of the major barriers for adopting health IT cited by physicians is a lack of standards. On Friday, HL7 published a standard for clinical research in an EHR system.
November 9, 2009
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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.
November 5, 2009
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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.
November 4, 2009
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<p>For a good laugh, check out SEEDIE's latest <a target="_blank" href="http://seedie.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=category&amp;layout=blog&amp;id=1&amp;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&nbsp;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>
November 2, 2009
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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.
October 29, 2009
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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.
October 28, 2009
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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.
October 27, 2009
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Here we go again: Another article on how electronic medical records are not a &quot;cure-all.&quot; Can we please divorce EMRs and EHRs from the &quot;cure-all&quot; designation? EHR and EMR advocates don't see it as cure-alls, so why should critics? &nbsp;
October 26, 2009
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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&nbsp;- with less than three years of practicing medicine. When she went looking for a job, she wanted an organization that was &quot;EMR-friendly.&quot; Fallon Clinic's other facilities also have electronic medical record systems. Fallon Clinic is not the norm&nbsp;- at least not for now.
October 22, 2009
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