Citing concerns raised over the potential harm that could stem from a digital healthcare system, the Institute of Medicine, best known for its 1999 report on medical errors "To Err is Human," is poised to release another report -- this time on the risks associated with electronic health records.
The launch of the permanent program for certification of electronic health records will be delayed until mid-2012, in order to coincide with the anticipated final rule for Stage 2 of meaningful use and standards and certification criteria.
Siemens Healthcare announced Monday a new commitment to delivering its Soarian technology to small community and rural hospitals, helping them improve outcomes and position themselves to achieve meaningful use.
It helped that Stage 1 meaningful use requirements matched the strategic plan that MedCentral Health System in Shelby, Ohio, already had in place, says Mike Mistretta, vice president and CIO of the two-hospital health system.
ONC Chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, speaking at the Medical Group Management Association's 2011 conference in Las Vegas, tried to appease worried physician leaders by telling them a good EHR will make the path easier to meaningful use, ACOs and other federal healthcare reform measures.
Some 26 percent of CIOs say their organizations have qualified to receive stimulus funding under the HITECH Act, and others expect to qualify in ensuing years, according to a recent survey from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).