Meaningful Use

 
When Medicomp chief executive officer David Lareau hears U.S. chief technology officer Todd Park talk about the need to find the right technology to set data free and make it usable, Lareau wants to tell him he has just the thing.
February 19, 2013
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Two Stage 6 hospitals, one in Manhattan and the other in Honolulu - Mount Sinai Medical Center and Hawai'i Pacific Health - are due to pick up their 2012 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, March 3-7.
February 18, 2013
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Family physicians are adopting electronic health records (EHRs) at a much faster rate than earlier data suggested, reaching a nearly 70 percent adoption rate nationwide, new study findings reveal. 
February 18, 2013
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As National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Farzad Mostahari, MD, has, since 2011, led the government's efforts to transform the nation's healthcare structure into a 21st century digital system. The goals are to improve patient care, increase efficiencies and lower costs. Mostashari delivered a rousing keynote talk at HIMSS12, and he is slated as a headliner again this year (Thursday, March 7, at 8:30 a.m.).
February 18, 2013
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The enhanced set of protections finalized in the omnibus HIPAA privacy and security rule released Jan.17 now becomes the new baseline for anyone who handles health information. It doesn't change meaningful use requirements, but together the two may drive more providers to protect patient data, according to privacy and security experts.
February 18, 2013
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While the Department of Health and Human Services touts the popularity of the meaningful use incentive program - some 3,525 hospitals nationwide and 175,000 individual providers had successfully met Stage 1 requirements through the end of 2012 - news about EHRs has not been all rosy of late.
February 18, 2013
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Physicians, IT professionals and technology vendors are more or less in agreement when it comes to the third and final leg of meaningful use: Let's build on our success so far, but move forward thoughtfully.
February 18, 2013
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Healthcare IT insiders regard interoperability as the key to effective health information exchange, and some might say, the hardest to pin down thus far. Industry leaders agree there can be no true exchange without interoperability. How can healthcare transformation occur unless doctor A's EHR can process the information received from doctor B's EHR?
February 18, 2013
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In a Jan. 14 letter to National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD, commenting on the Health IT Policy Committee's proposals for Stage 3 meaningful use, James Madara, MD, executive vice president and CEO of the American Medical Association, put forth some of the AMA's "concerns and recommendations" about the program.
February 18, 2013
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Texas Health Resources recently received the Richard A. Norling Premier Alliance Excellence Award for its healthcare leadership. According to Ferdinand Velasco, MD, THR's vice president and CMIO, the award comes as a recognition of what the whole organization is doing around population health.
February 13, 2013
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At the National Health Policy Conference in Washington this past week, officials from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the National Institute of Standards and Technology made the case that EHRs must be usable -- and useful -- lest the huge investments in them be wasted.
February 12, 2013
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National health programs have been, or are now, becoming electronic, just as health records are. Many of these programs will play major roles in either incenting or conflicting with efforts to advance the electronic healthcare infrastructure. And as with other industries, becoming electronic changes the way these programs can and should be carried out themselves. John Loonsk, MD, discusses how it might all shake out.
February 8, 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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