Meaningful Use

 
Bill Spooner "retired" from his post as leader of Sharp HealthCare's 450-member IT team on Feb. 14. The quotes around "retired" are necessary because he has something in the works -- he won't say what yet. It's something that will keep him working halftime, or maybe more. It's too hard to leave healthcare IT altogether at this promising juncture, he says.
April 8, 2014
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The brainchild of medical researcher, professor and self-made billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, NantHealth is aimed at solving the interoperability crisis and connecting the industry in the most powerful of ways -- a direct response of discontent with the federal government's EHR Incentive Program.
April 2, 2014
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The news that someone slipped a provision into the Sustainable Growth Rate patch legislation that will once again delay the transition to ICD-10 is disappointing, and symptomatic of the seemingly unreliable relationship that exists between providers, technology vendors and the government.
April 2, 2014
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Denis Tanguay, chief information officer for Central Maine Healthcare, says his workload has "probably quadrupled" in the past few years.
March 28, 2014
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Not having enough money to complete a successful IT implementation is the top worry of participants in the 25th Annual 2014 HIMSS Leadership Survey. The survey examines a wide array of topics crucial to healthcare leaders including IT priorities, issues driving and challenging technology adoption and IT security.
March 27, 2014
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Solo physicians and small practices are finally starting to show encouraging electronic health record adoption rates, according to a new report from SK&A.
March 26, 2014
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has launched a dozen projects that will develop strategies and suggestions for various facets of Stage 3 meaningful use.
March 24, 2014
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Provider uncertainty is hindering the implementation of the Designated Test EHR Program, a data exchange initiative launched earlier this year by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
March 24, 2014
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It looks like the steep climb to meaningful use Stage 2 could be rocky. There is no shortage of challenges to worry about, but at the University of Utah Health Care, the woman in charge of the ICD-10 project is finding new ways to get things done -- even as the health system focuses on its EHR rollout.
March 19, 2014
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Even when they've met the requirements of the federal EHR Incentive Program, more than two thirds of providers say they still don't feel they've maximized the full potential of meaningful use, according to a new survey.
March 18, 2014
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The federal government has provided relief for healthcare providers via the hardship exception rule in the EHR Incentive Program. Eligible physicians and hospitals can apply for exceptions to anticipated penalties if their vendor has not obtained EHR certification for 2014.
March 13, 2014
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Members of the Health IT Policy Committee approved a set of recommendations Tuesday that will bring meaningful use Stage 3 requirements one step closer to federal approval and scale back the initial Stage 3 proposals by 33 percent.
March 12, 2014
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To be truly useful, the EHR must support a lab review and lab ordering workflow that leads to clinic efficiencies and provides better patient care. Practices are demanding it, and many of the newer EHRs are scrambling to provide it.
March 25, 2014
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If you've been reading the Meaningful Use 2015 NPRM as I recently did, you probably came across the discussion around requiring certified products to accept 95 percent of CDA documents.
February 26, 2014
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This week marks a major milestone in our journey towards adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. As we work toward the secure, private and meaningful exchange of interoperable health information across the continuum of care, the law that made much of this possible turns five.
February 20, 2014
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Although the federal government's meaningful use incentive program has been a driving force for healthcare IT innovation and adoption, it has also been a distraction -- encouraging organizations to invest in technology with certain characteristics and capabilities rather than systems that fully address provider and patient needs.
February 17, 2014
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Readers of my blog know that over the past year, I've written several posts warning about the burden of 2014 certification, the timing overlap of numerous federal programs including ICD-10, and my observations that IT professionals/providers are at the breaking point.
February 12, 2014
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Feb. 4 at the HIT Policy Committee meeting, the Meaningful Use Workgroup presented its recommendations as part of the process leading to a final rule in 2015.
February 4, 2014
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Karen DeSalvo started as the new National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology on January 13, 2014. What advice would I give her, given the current state of healthcare IT stakeholders?
January 22, 2014
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Implementing, institutionalizing and fully leveraging the EMR is a massive undertaking, and with it comes a host of other implications, five of which will drive the following major trends in 2014.
January 16, 2014
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On Jan. 8 Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick launched the next phase of healthcare information exchange in Massachusetts: "Commonwealth Interconnected: Mass HIway Query and Retrieve."
January 8, 2014
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As the year drew to a close, I was interviewed by many trade publications about the key themes that shaped 2013. Here's my own version of the notable events of 2013.
January 2, 2014
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Making predictions for the coming year is almost a rite of passage for any self-respecting analyst firm and what the heck, from our vantage point, we may have a slightly better view into the future than most.
December 31, 2013
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Vendor promises were primarily focused on physicians being able to attest for meaningful use and meet patient engagement requirements, but some companies also assured practices that physicians would quickly adopt these systems because they were so easy to use and could easily integrate into practice workflows.
December 30, 2013
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