Meaningful Use

 
Like most smart health IT vendors, McKesson is preparing for a brave new world of value-based care. Toward that end, the healthcare giant made a couple of strategic acquisitions just a week apart earlier this fall.
November 6, 2012
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"Patient engagement" has become one of healthcare's many new buzz phrases. But as the framers of meaningful use might say, it's more than buzz. It's a critical piece of improving care.
November 6, 2012
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The demands of meeting meaningful use measures within the HHS's established timeframe has industry CIOs strapped and left facing serious IT staff shortages, according to the findings of an October CHIME survey.
November 6, 2012
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November 6, 2012
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ICA, which develops interoperability technology for health information exchange (HIE), announced that it will provide Direct capabilities to clients in six states through its CareAlign Direct messaging tool.
November 5, 2012
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Even as providers are being encouraged to digitize their healthcare information, the threats against that data's security are increasing dramatically. Security experts warn about the vastly higher cost of waiting until breaches occur, rather than doing the upfront work to prevent them.
October 29, 2012
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"If we do not have the processes in place to make sure we're dotting our Is and crossing our Ts, that medical record will not prove that we cared, that medical record will prove that we failed," said one EHR expert at last week's MGMA conference in San Antonio.
October 29, 2012
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Deloitte Consulting announced Monday it has closed on a deal to acquire Recombinant Data Corporation, a Newton, Mass.-based healthcare data warehousing and analytics firm. The move signals the growing momentum toward using clinical data to transform healthcare, say Deloitte officials.
October 29, 2012
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Ubiquitous mobile devices such as iPhones and Androids offer both opportunities and challenges for physicians. One expert says strong integration of voice recognition and natural- or clinical language understanding technology could be a boon for care delivery.
October 29, 2012
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Mitt Romney is no stranger to health information technology advocacy. But despite his earlier initiatives as governor of Massachusetts, many experts say health IT policies and their funding could be at risk if he were elected president.
October 28, 2012
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the final 2014 clinical quality measures for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals seeking to attest for meaningful use.
October 26, 2012
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ONC's Health IT Workforce Development Program is funding community college programs that can train technology professionals in healthcare and train healthcare professionals in IT. Nursing programs, in particular, are on the rise.
October 26, 2012
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Iowa's Medicaid program is set to receive approximately $1.16 million in federal matching funds to help it plan for the implementation of electronic health records through ARRA's incentive program. A number of other states are also on the verge of receiving their funds, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
November 25, 2009
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On the heels of a research study sponsored by the federal government and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation comes another study by Harvard researchers that provides evidence that EHRs do not deliver savings to hospitals.
November 24, 2009
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Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved the Small Business Health IT Financing Act (HR 3014), which would authorize the Small Business Administration to oversee a $10 billion loan program for healthcare providers. This bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Kathleen A. Dahlkemper (D-Pa.), chairman of the House Small Business Regulations and Healthcare Subcommittee, is up for Senate consideration.
November 23, 2009
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Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La., has successfully tested the interoperability of its medical devices and its EHR system through a bar-code system at the point of care.
November 19, 2009
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Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) recently introduced the Small Business Health IT Financing Act of 2009 (H.R. 3854) on November 10th. Recognizing the economic hardships facing primary care and small physician offices, Kerry's bill makes these providers eligible for Small Business Administration loans to help with the upfront cost of health IT implementations under the Small Business Health IT Financing Program amendment.
November 18, 2009
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The biggest barrier to electronic health record (EHR) adoption has always been the upfront cost of implementing the system and the productivity lost during the learning curve. The rapidly changing healthcare landscape, however, may make cost the reason why physicians adopt health IT. Come again?
November 16, 2009
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One of the criteria for meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) is the ability to share data among providers to deliver patient care that has no gaps and promotes collaboration. American Pathology Partners is implementing Halfpenny Technologies' interoperability platform for an additional reason, which is equally important in this rapidly changing healthcare environment.
November 12, 2009
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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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