Meaningful Use

 
There are buzz phrases, and then there are buzz phrases. And if there's one phrase that has permeated the healthcare sector more thoroughly than all the others, it's probably "accountable care." But what exactly does it mean? Or, more to the point for healthcare providers, how do you know when you're actually providing it?
May 20, 2013
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Long before meaningful use and patient engagement became part of the popular parlance in the realm of healthcare IT, Boston-based EMC Corp., which describes itself as a global leader in enabling businesses to transform their operations, launched a transformation initiative of its own.
May 20, 2013
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Not all electronic health records are created equal. At least that’s the message ONC officials communicated April 25 when they announced that two EHRs, previously certified under the EHR Incentive Programs, failed to meet industry requirements and have since had their certifications revoked.
May 20, 2013
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When stakeholders, federal officials and proponents of electronic health records first tossed around the idea of providing incentives to help move the giant boulder of progress up the mountain, there were plenty of skeptics. How can you take physicians who are set in their ways – and patients who are used to those ways – and change all the rules? But, change they did, and in just two years since the EHR Incentive Program began, more hospitals and physicians than ever before have gone digital.
May 20, 2013
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In January, I was asked to share my thoughts on Health Information Exchange at a joint hearing of the federal Health IT Policy Committee and HIT Standards Committee.
May 20, 2013
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It’s been nearly 10 years since Micky Tripathi took the reins as chief executive officer of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, a combination non-profit/for-profit collaborative of 34 nonprofit healthcare organizations in Massachusetts, founded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, American College of Physicians and the Mass Medical Society.
May 20, 2013
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Six Republican senators are asking the healthcare community for input on “recalibrating” health information technology policy, arguing that there are several problems with the current trajectory of the meaningful use program.
May 20, 2013
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Can the current regulatory structure in place within the federal government keep pace with health IT without inhibiting innovation?
May 20, 2013
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The preponderance of mobile voice technologies is going to give a big boost to efforts to empower patients to take a more active role in their own healthcare, says Nick van Terheyden, MD, chief medical information officer for Nuance Communications. Specifically, he sees three trends picking up speed as a result of conversational user interfaces.
May 15, 2013
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National eHealth Collaborative and Healthwise, a nonprofit organization that develops patient education and engagement technology, announced Tuesday that, as part of their collaborative efforts, Healthwise will make NeHC's Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool available to clients.
May 15, 2013
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Most healthcare organizations participating in the meaningful use incentive program are focused right now on achieving Stages 1 or 2, but the MU program goes on long past that, says one expert. Organizations need to start considering how they will make meaningful use sustainable into the future.
May 14, 2013
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"It's systems that let ordinary people do extraordinary things," national coordinator for health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD said during a Health IT Policy Committee meeting talk that vice chair Paul Tang described immediately afterward as "inspiring and challenging."
May 14, 2013
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David Brailer, MD, former federal health IT czar and founder and chairman of Health Evolution Partners, pointed out that physician use of true clinical decision support remains a significant challenge for the industry. I spoke with Greg Dorn, MD, COO of Zynx Health Care, about CDS, and thought I'd share his thoughts and hopefully start a dialogue about what kinds of CDS we want physicians to adopt and how we can get there.
January 13, 2010
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ARRA has been good to Allscripts, as evidenced by the results of its second quarter financials. The company expects to see even better numbers in the coming quarters as adoption and acceleration of health IT grows. Analysts agree that the incentives are driving adoption.
January 12, 2010
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I spoke with David J. Brailer, MD, former federal healthcare IT czar for the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), last Friday about ARRA, meaningful use criteria and the challenges the industry faces in 2010 and beyond. Read the article in Healthcare IT News.
January 11, 2010
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Amid the rash of studies the last few months about the inability of EHRs to deliver the goods comes a welcomed report by KLAS. Eighty-five percent of healthcare providers who responded to KLAS' survey believe their ambulatory EMRs will help them meet for the 2011 deadlines per the meaningful use criteria that were proposed in July.
January 7, 2010
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The Georgia Office of Health Information Technology and Transparency announced that in January it would begin an initiative to build an electronic health information exchange for the 10,000 physicians who treat Medicaid patients in the state.
January 4, 2010
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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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