Meaningful Use

 
Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, received accolades from both sides of the aisle at a hearing on Tuesday to consider her nomination as head of CMS. Senate Finance Committee leaders indicated a decision would come soon.
April 10, 2013
News
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reports it has paid out nearly $12.7 billion in meaningful use incentive payments through February 2013, according to the latest figures available.
April 8, 2013
News
Axial Exchange, a developer of patient engagement technologies, unveiled this week its Patient Engagement Index, which ranks U.S. hospitals based on how involved their patient communities are with their own care.
April 5, 2013
News
Chicago health information technology company EMRapproved recently announced a partnership with a new collaboration called HealthITxChange, an online community where healthcare practitioners and health IT professionals can share best practices and lessons learned, or "pearls" on EHR adoption.
April 3, 2013
News
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday published an update for the 2014 Clinical Quality Measures for hospitals eligible for the meaningful use program. At the same time, CMS also issued corresponding specifications for electronic reporting and access to related data elements and value sets.
April 2, 2013
News
Making good on its promise, Health Level Seven International's primary standards and other intellectual property are now available to license at no cost. The decision represents HL7's commitment to the betterment of healthcare worldwide by ensuring that all stakeholders have equal access to its HIT standards, officials said.
April 2, 2013
News
A newly proposed bill garnering the support of several medical associations would establish exemptions and amend certain penalties for Medicare providers struggling to attest to meaningful use.
April 1, 2013
News
Sixty-two percent of MEDITECH customers plan to upgrade their EHR within two years, according to a survey conducted by investment firm Piper Jaffray. Subsequent analysis from Piper Jaffray analysts concludes there is a "big replacement opportunity in the mid-sized hospital space."
April 1, 2013
News
A new advocacy group launched at HIMSS13 in New Orleans earlier this month. The imPatient Movement wants to change the conversation about patient engagement -- giving voice to healthcare consumers and pushing for more fruitful data exchange between patients and their physicians.
March 29, 2013
News
Five healthcare organizations in Tennessee announced Thursday they will toss their hats into the ring for the pilot phase of a new Volunteer State initiative called Health eShare, implementing Direct Project protocols to exchange patient data.
March 28, 2013
News
Eighty-two percent of U.S. doctors responding to a recent survey indicate they want patients to actively participate in their own healthcare by updating their electronic health records. However, only 31 percent said they believed a patient should have full access to his or her own record.
March 28, 2013
News
With no federal rules telling providers how they can spend their meaningful use incentive checks, hospitals and practices have their options wide open. While many are investing in more technology, that's only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
March 26, 2013
News
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog
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
Blog