Even as Oklahoma and Kansas recently said ‘no thanks’ to federal money aimed at helping them with the health information technology platform needed to create health insurance exchanges, the Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury last week awarded $185M more to drive the creation of the exchanges across the country.
Meaningful use expert Jim Tate has written that the Medicaid EHR incentive program reminds him of "zero entry" swimming pools: very easy to get into, with almost no barriers. Given its less stringent requirements compared to the Medicare EHR incentive program, Tate writes, he's surprised that more eligible professionals are "not jumping into this incentive program with both feet."
Rep. Renee Ellmers sent a letter Thursday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in which she requested that HHS consider a study of health IT's benefits and cost effectiveness, with a focus on gauging medical error rates.
The National eHealth Collaborative convened its second meeting of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth earlier this week, bringing together a collaborative forum of nearly 200 organizations who are working in a national effort to engage consumers around the tools and resources available to them through advances in healthcare IT.
This summer, pre-med students at Penn State have been coaching doctors at Mount Nittany Medical Center on how to transition from paper to electronic health records as as they strive to implement an EHR system by the end of 2011 and receive meaningful use incentives.
Meaningful use remains the strongest driver to implement electronic health records for physicians, according to a new survey that finds both potential EHR buyers and current users valuing the technology, but with substantially different perceptions and expectations.
Merge Healthcare, the Chicago-based provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, and Sacramento, Calif.-based Ophthalmic Imaging Systems (OIS), announced today the completion of Merge's acquisition of OIS.
The government's meaningful use guidelines for healthcare reform have caught the attention of mobile health and telemedicine advocates, who say their programs are right in line with efforts to adopt IT to improve healthcare delivery.
Highmark executives announced Thursday that the health insurer intends to team up with West Penn Allegheny Health System, EHR vendor Allscripts and consulting firm Accenture to provide physicians with electronic health records functionality and practice management tools needed to meet the meaningful use requirements.