Despite hospitals and physicians being given a more flexible time frame for participating in the next phase of meaningful use, the backlash against the federal EHR Incentive Program and EHRs in general continues.
There is ample evidence that barcode technology for medication has had a significant impact on patient safety. But while most U.S. hospitals have adopted barcode medication administration, experts say there's big room for improvement.
Federally qualified health centers are now adopting health information technology at higher rates than office-based physicians, according to a new report, but FQHCs' concerns over addressing rising demand with persisting staff shortages remain top of mind.
In a detailed letter sent to both CMS Administrator Marilyn B. Tavenner and National Coordinator Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, the American Medical Association has put forth a long list of ideas to make meaningful use work better for physicians.
It seems just about everybody has a gripe or two concerning the meaningful use program: software vendors that make electronic health records systems, hospital CIOs, the very people charting the related committees and, of course, physicians.
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.
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.
The December HIT Standards Committee focused on patient generated data, image sharing, patient matching, and the 2014 work plan, ensuring we select the necessary standards to support meaningful use stage 3 policy goals.