Joanne Sunquist knows Epic. As the chief information officer at the four-hospital HealthEast Care System in Minnesota, she's successfully spearheaded the new $135 million Epic electronic medical record implementation within an aggressive 14-month timeline across the hospitals, which went live June 1. The health system's 14 clinics will follow suit by December.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which represents more than 1,400 CIOs and IT leaders, is calling on CMS and ONC to make some changes -- and add some flexibility -- to Stage 2 meaningful use.
Anyone under the impression that doctors don't like technology in general might be mistaken. Rather, what many share distaste for is meaningful use. That's according to Mari Savickis, assistant director of federal affairs at the American Medical Association.
With $23 billion already spent on incentivizing providers to adopt electronic health records, many in government and industry are wondering whether taxpayers and patients got what they paid for. The heart of the debate: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, its meaningful use program and interoperable EHRs.
The folks at cloud-based EHR company athenahealth found cause to celebrate earlier this week when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid posted the list of EHR products providers used to attest to meaningful use.
The American Hospital Association has called upon the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator to quickly finalize rules regarding the expansion of choice for certified electronic health records.
Republican Texas Representative Michael Burgess, MD, vice-chair of the subcommittee on health within the House Energy and Commerce Committee, had not always been convinced of the benefits of health IT. But Hurricane Katrina changed his mind. Today, Burgess is a champion.
As of May, eligible hospitals and physicians have been paid out a whopping $23.7 billion in electronic health record incentive payments by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, up from $22.9 billion in April.
The November HIT Standards Committee focused on the current status of certification and attestation, readiness of standards for patient generated data, ONC S&I Framework progress and the overall HITSC workplan.
After nearly 20 years as a CIO, I've learned that even with the best people, best planning and appropriate budgets, large, complex projects encounter issues imposed by external factors that cannot be predicted during initial project scheduling.
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?
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.