Meaningful Use

 
Behavioral health and long-term post-acute care are perhaps the two most significant areas left out of the meaningful use program, and they were the topic Of discussion Tuesday at the federal Health IT Policy Committee meeting.
March 11, 2014
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Steven M. Schiff, MD, a physician and CMIO, writes about how technology has changed how he relates to his patients. Clinical information used to be the exclusive province of the select few, but that is no longer the case, and Schiff sees it as a change that is beneficial to both patient and doctor.
March 11, 2014
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The electronic medical record market is poised for a competitive shakeup. As Stage 2 meaningful use demands more from hospitals, many current EMR platforms just aren't cutting it. As many as half of large hospitals are ditching their old systems for new, more interoperable platforms.
March 10, 2014
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Stage 2 of the federal Electronic Health Records Incentive Program is underway for providers who first reached Stage 1 in 2011. Although there will not be any official statistics available for several months, anecdotal evidence suggests that this new phase is off to a slow start.
March 10, 2014
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There's been a whole lot of capital invested in health information technology these past few years. And some people -- especially those who are in charge of spending more of it -- want to know whether it's money well spent.
March 7, 2014
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The GAO recently took a swipe at the government's Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program, saying it lacked strategy and called for action to establish a strategy in order to achieve its goals, especially those aimed at improving care.
March 7, 2014
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With more than 50 percent of practices and 80 percent of hospitals having adopted electronic health records and attested for meaningful use by now, it's time to talk about next steps.
March 6, 2014
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Healthcare organizations nationwide have spent billions of dollars to implement health information technology, most with the expectation that it will improve quality and safety, and lower costs. According to a recent report, however, not all outcomes have been positive, particularly with regard to efficiency.
March 5, 2014
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In his $3.9 trillion fiscal year 2015 budget proposal released Tuesday, President Obama asked for $1.8 billion to support health information technology incentive payments -- the same amount he requested last year. Actual spending for this category came to $1.07 billion in 2013.
March 5, 2014
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Greenway announced its acquisition this past week of Fort Myers, Fla.-based PeopleLYNK, which develops EHR-based patient outreach tools. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
March 3, 2014
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There will be no delay for ICD-10 conversion. But when CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced Thursday at HIMSS14 that CMS would be flexible on hardship exemptions for meaningful use requirements, it provided some of the relief healthcare providers -- and the professional organizations that represent them -- have been seeking.
February 28, 2014
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The Office of the National Coordinator wants to create an EHR certification system for 2015 that would be guided by a more "effective response to stakeholder feedback" and incorporate "bug fixes" to make 2014 certification rules "clearer and easier to implement."
February 27, 2014
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Over the next few months, Jacob Reider will serve as the interim National Coordinator for Healthcare IT while the search continues for Farzad Mostashari's permanent replacement. What advice would I give to the next national coordinator?
October 10, 2013
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On October 1, I joined a panel at the CareFwd conference discussing the innovations needed in healthcare today. I highlighted five key areas.
October 4, 2013
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The September HIT Standards Committee focused on image exchange, scenario-based certification, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), and an important discussion about setting standards priorities for FY14.
September 24, 2013
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Our approach has been to leverage the modularity of Meaningful Use Stage 2 to divide up the work among vendors, the State government, and our own developers.
September 17, 2013
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What I find stifling is the pace at which meaningful use is proceeding. When you put an entire industry under the MU pressure cooker, the need to meet federal mandates overwhelms anything else.
September 10, 2013
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Now that Labor Day has come and gone, I've thought about the months ahead and the major challenges I'll face.
September 5, 2013
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In the Boston marketplace, Partners Healthcare is is replacing 30 years of self developed software with Epic. Boston Medical Center is replacing Eclipsys (Allscripts) with Epic.
July 30, 2013
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“Accountable” is one of the most popular buzzwords in healthcare today. Whether an organization is striving to become an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or pursuing a less formal approach to delivering necessary, efficient and effective care, the term frequently comes up in today’s organizational strategy discussions.
July 15, 2013
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Anyone familiar with one of my favorite TV shows, MythBusters, has probably heard the expression "Failure is always an option." Co-host Adam Savage indicates that the principal behind this is that you learn from what you are doing, whether or not you succeed.
June 28, 2013
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There has been some buzz lately about how interoperability is a non-issue. I beg to differ. With increasing pressure from federal initiatives like Meaningful Use Stage 2, there is growing need for information exchange across the industry.
June 13, 2013
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Last week I spent a half day in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. I was joined by at least 50 others, including patients, health IT vendors, healthcare providers, and quite a number of federal agency staffers, as we talked about the next steps for providing patients with access to their data.
June 11, 2013
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Yesterday I led the Clinical IT Governance meeting at BIDMC and I thought it would be interesting for my readers to get an inside look of the kind of topics we're discussing and how we're implementing our most challenging projects.
May 29, 2013
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