While Stage 2 meaningful use's infamous 5 percent view/download/transmit threshold continues to vex many providers, it's "cultural" roadblocks that have prevented some organizations from fully embracing the promise of patient access.
For Miami Children's Hospital, patient engagement is far more than a Stage 2 meaningful use hurdle -- it's seen as an opportunity for organization-wide change that will impact clinical care and the bottom line.
"It's hard to comprehend how HHS can move forward to full-year reporting when the numbers for 90-day reporting are so low," said Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., criticizing the rigidity of the meaningful use program as she reintroduced her Flex-IT Act earlier this week.
Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversees the Federal EHR Incentive Program and is in charge of the transition to ICD-10, announced Friday she would be stepping down in February.
With meaningful use Stage 2 underway, many healthcare organizations are pouring significant resources into patient portals in order to engage patients and receive incentives. Although many are planning to fully maximize these tools, portals do have their limitations.
One of the most amusing things (because if I didn't laugh I might cry) about the meaningful use program is the way that executives who have never paid anything more but lip service to standards are now reporting as experts on their effectiveness (or lack thereof) and the related causes.
One way that standards happen is when a single organization decides that a standard should exist and funds the development of it. The question that concerns me about this is what happens when the funding goes away.
These are very interesting times for the EHR vendors. EHR systems have undergone a dramatic change over the last 10 years and the pace of change has actually accelerated over the past five years, especially in the backdrop of meaningful use deadlines.
The Direct Project's use is increasing at a rapid pace. The meaningful use-required transport standard is easy to use and is finally starting to change the discussion those in the health IT industry are having around health information exchange.
Last week, I posted the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from CMS that offers flexibility to Meaningful Use attestation in 2014. Since then, I've received hundreds of emails about it from my fellow CIOs across the country. Here's a summary.