MACRA EHR Interoperability

AMA President Steven Stack, MD, said that the time has come to leave the flawed measures of meaningful use behind and advance interoperability under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. 

By Bernie Monegain 10:05 am June 06, 2016
The American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association call on ONC to rethink how it measures interoperability. Rather than simply gauging data exchange, they contend, ONC should focus on better care coordination.
ONC Boston Childrens EHR
By Bill Siwicki 01:22 pm June 01, 2016
The new agreement will support the development of an online app information site aimed at streamlining a developer’s ability to publish software and helping providers discover and compare the tech.
Pontiac General MedSphere EHR
By Bill Siwicki 12:56 pm June 01, 2016
Executives said that implementing the electronic health record system will enable it to add dialysis, rehabilitation, outpatient and substance abuse services that help the hospital grow.
DoD Cerner EHR

Stacy Cummings, the DOD program executive in charge of the Cerner Millenium rollout said they are teaching people to tap into business process and decision support functions within the tool. 

By Bernie Monegain 08:19 am June 01, 2016
Leading up to the initial phase, slated to begin in the Pacific Northwest, the Defense Department is focusing on configuration more than customization, and program executive Stacy Cummings said that change management will be paramount.
ONC EHR interoperability health data sharing

National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD (seen here speaking at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas), said on Tuesday that the healthcare industry must stop holding tightly onto patient data, because American consumers are ready to access it.

By Tom Sullivan 07:45 am June 01, 2016
There needs to be a better business case for sharing data because consumers expect it and HIPAA allows it, said National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD. And Americans are growing increasingly impatient. 
ONC EHR interoperability

Deputy Principal National Coordinator Vindell Washington, MD, said now that the electronic health record system infrastructure is in place, the nation can collect on that digital dividend. 

By Tom Sullivan 02:40 pm May 31, 2016
Now that almost all U.S. hospital are using electronic health records, the industry is ready for the next phase of information sharing, improved outcomes and collecting the digital dividend.
ONC Karen DeSalvo interoperability EHRs

National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, said new data from ONC and the American Hospital Association shows nearly universal adotion of electronic health records among U.S. hospitals. 

By Mike Miliard 11:15 am May 31, 2016
Half of hospitals routinely use patient information received electronically from other providers, which National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD said is an indication of how far the healthcare industry has come for both patients and clinicians.
By Jack McCarthy 10:22 am May 31, 2016
Simplified regulations around MACRA meaningful use could address the loss of efficiency and usefulness of electronic health records software to enable more flexibility for the doctors using them, said Shawn Griffin, MD, of Memorial Hermann Physician Network.

Allscripts President Rick Poulton said that interoperability between a single vendor’s set of solutions is easy but passing data between different vendors takes an attitude as much as it does technology. 

By Bill Siwicki 07:52 am May 31, 2016
With meaningful use winding down, Poulton urged other EHR makers to work on technologies that enable providers to be more effective in the changing world or healthcare. 
Epic EHR go-live revenue cycle ambulatory

St. Luke’s COO Joel Fagerstrom said that the implementation yielded operational and organizational results in just weeks. (Photo source: St. Luke's)

By Bernie Monegain 11:43 am May 27, 2016
While EHR implementations can be disruptive, the hospital system implemented new clinical and revenue cycle software in January and is pointing to its strategy of engaging every employee in the electronic health records system deployment.

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