Meaningful Use

 
Healthcare organizations are seeing their top talent poached, even when they offer big bucks. Many hospitals are 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' just to keep their projects staffed up. At a pivotal moment in healthcare, that's putting a damper on progress.
June 15, 2013
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Most physicians feel that tablet computers such as the iPad are better suited for care delivery than smartphones, according to a new survey of nearly 1,400 doctors. That said, app usage found most favor on smartphones -- and docs feel there's much room for improvement in clinical apps generally.
June 13, 2013
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National eHealth Collaborative on Monday announced two new membership campaigns for clinicians, hospitals, health systems, health information exchanges and provider associations.
June 11, 2013
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Health Tech Hatch announced Thursday that it will operate as the user testing platform for ONC's Blue Button Patient Co-Design Challenge, designed to spur a growth in opportunities for health data to be put to use.
June 6, 2013
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More than a third of physician practices plan to purchase, replace or upgrade ambulatory EHR systems, according to HIMSS Analytics' newest Ambulatory Electronic Health Record & Practice Management Study. Meanwhile, nearly half of physician groups say they'll join an HIE.
June 6, 2013
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More than 292,000 Medicare and Medicaid eligible providers have received an EHR incentive payment as of the end of April. Not all EPs are new, some are returning from a previous year, said Robert Anthony, deputy director of the HIT Initiative Group at CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services.
June 6, 2013
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Adoption of basic electronic health records increased from nearly 34 percent in early 2011 to 44 percent by March 2012, according to a new study. Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal, MD, says that despite the challenges, EHR use is inevitable.
June 4, 2013
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Mark Savage, director of health information technology policy and programs with the National Partnership, takes the consumer's standpoint in EHR adoption and use -- meaning he is a supporter of strengthening, rather than delaying, the meaningful use program.
June 3, 2013
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday announced the release of new outpatient procedure cost data and new opportunities for researchers and developers. Sebelius made the announcement Monday at the start of Health Datapalooza IV, the fourth annual national conference on health data transparency.
June 3, 2013
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If you were a healthcare provider and all you did was read press releases, you'd be tempted to think that transitioning to a new EHR involved little more than opening the package and plugging in the contents. Naturally, things are a little more complicated than that.
May 31, 2013
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Iatric Systems, which specializes in health IT interoperability, has acquired Dallas-based Accent on Integration, which develops technology for connecting medical devices.
May 30, 2013
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"Stage 1 is tough but not too tough. Stages 2 and 3 are darn tough," says Laura Kreofsky, principal advisor at Naperville, Ill.-based Impact Advisors. By making Stage 1 so much easier than Stage 2, in some ways, CMS has set a false sense of security for providers.
May 29, 2013
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For the most part, the American Academy of Family Physicians, an advocate for health IT, supports the meaningful use criteria that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released at the end of last year. They have an issue, however, with the reporting requirements of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
January 26, 2010
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The Dept. of Health and Human Services published its Interim Final Rule, "Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology," which includes certification criteria for EHRs, in the Federal Register Jan. 13. Now that the standards rules for certification have been updated to align with the meaningful use criteria, when will the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) create a process to recognize certification bodies, which is required by law?
January 25, 2010
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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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