Browsing articles tagged with " Meaningful Use Of EHR"
Oct
10
2011

Taking EHR system to the next level

Whether it’s a game or in life, we all try to get to the next level. Getting to the next level is the ultimate goal.  But how we get there is a forgotten step – and the most important of all. Recently, while working on a project, I came across this beautiful picture of a lobby. As you can see, there appear to be three ways can get to the next level. Which one would [...]

Sep
30
2011

What’s needed to participate in an Accountable Care Organization

More than a third of healthcare providers plan to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ ACO Shared Savings Program, according to a recent KLAS survey of 197 providers. This despite their concerns that the advanced technology needed threatens to take money and IT skills away from Meaningful Use, ICD-10, and other IT projects. The report, entitled Accountable Care: Providers Forge the ACO Trail, also found that while the federal government has yet [...]

Sep
12
2011

Healthcare information technology tops the list of the top 10 “hot careers

Healthcare organizations are immersed in implementing IT systems to meet requirements under provisions of the HITECH Act. However, one thing they may not be anticipating is the surge in the number of healthcare information technology jobs they will need to fill once these systems are in place. In fact, healthcare information technology tops the list of the top 10 “hot careers” for college graduates in 2011, according to a new study from the University of [...]

Sep
7
2011

Healthcare IT Most Promising Area of Job Growth

If you’ve heard that healthcare IT is the most promising area of job growth in information technology, there’s a reason. In recent years, the job growth spotlight has often been targeted at healthcare job growth generally and healthcare IT job sector growth specifically. In fact, a recent career trend report (PDF)  ranked a career in healthcare information technology the number-one “hottest” career. There are reasons for that “hotness,” and chances are you’ve read about at [...]

Aug
18
2011

EHRs the goal of meaningful use and therefore the goal of health IT

Health Information Technology

There are several definitions of electronic health records, but no matter how EHRs are defined, they are only the beginning of a bigger plan of healthcare, said Adam Greene, JD, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine. Mr. Greene spoke at AHIMA’s 2011 Legal EHR Summit in Chicago on Aug. 15, emphasizing that there are a lot of federal agencies involved in health information technology with different goals, but all have the same overarching theme of improving [...]

Aug
9
2011

CMS has collected data about healthcare providers that have attested that meet Stage meaningful use

Meaningful Use Stage 1

The government has paid $400 million in meaningful use incentives to physicians and hospitals so far, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official told the Health IT Policy Committee Aug. 3. To date, about 77,000 providers have registered for the program aimed at promoting the adoption and use of electronic health records. CMS has collected data about healthcare providers that have attested that meet Stage 1 meaningful use, offering a glimpse of the experience [...]

Aug
4
2011

Could EMR Software be Detrimental to Healthcare?”

Last week I came across this article entitled Top 10 EMR Installation Mistakes by Pete Rivera of Healthcare Informatics.  Overall, this was a great list, but I was particularly struck by the second item listed in this top 10: We deal with this topic a lot in our practice.  Many healthcare organizations invest heavily in large EMR systems only to end up with digital information silos where paper based information silos existed before.  Healthcare decision makers [...]

Aug
3
2011

what a HIE is and what the benefits and drawbacks of joining or creating one are

Health Information Exchange

Hospitals and health systems are scrambling to become meaningful users of certified electronic health record technology within their own entities, but what’s the next step to share health information after that step? The answer for many organizations will be health information exchanges. HIEs mobilize patient healthcare information electronically across multiple member organizations, hospitals and other stakeholders. In many ways, it’s like an EHR for an entire geographical region or, on a smaller scale, a health [...]

Jul
30
2011

Does a hospital have to comply for all Meaningful Use criteria in 2011, 2013 and 2015 to get funding for each year? Or will funding be provided for partial compliance?

MeaningfulUse_illust

The federal incentive program for Meaningful Use of electronic health records seems to be having its desired early effect by spurring healthcare organizations to adopt more than just basic EHRs, according to a new study. And many hospitals are making plans to spend more on other forms of IT in the next few years, suggesting that EHRs are becoming integral to the overall organizational strategy. “In hindsight, 2010 proved to be the year organizations ramped [...]

Jun
25
2011

Three areas of focus that can make the vast world of EHR data easier to grasp for hospitals and healthcare providers.

As hospitals and physician practices continue to progress to electronic health record systems, challenges have been created by the sheer volume and quality of raw data that goes into EHRs. Advanced software and interoperability are helping to balance different aspects of electronic data, such as claims, coverage, delivery, patient history and treatments, but the large-scale availability of the information is still being analyzed. With all of those different aspects of electronic healthcare, a hospital or [...]

Jun
14
2011

electronic health records need standardizing of certain features, much like braking systems in cars, health IT leaders tell feds

Meaningful Use of EHR

Rather than study electronic health record (EHR) usability in the abstract, “a few high-value use cases, particularly those that have patient safety implications,” should be examined, according to recommendations developed by the Health IT Policy Committee’s adoption and certification workgroup. Those recommendations–based on a day of hearings held by the workgroup–were outlined in a letter to national health IT coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD. In the letter, Marc Probst, CIO at Intermountain Healthcare and co-chair of [...]

Jun
10
2011

Report suggests that Meaningful Use Deadline Could Slip

Meaning Ful USe of EHR

A federal advisory committee work group recommends giving some health-care providers more time to meet the second level of “meaningful use” requirements for their electronic health records, Modern Healthcare.com reports today. The recommendation is contained in a draft letter from the meaningful-use work group of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee to Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health information technology and chairman of the Health IT Policy Committee. Citing “careful consideration of the trade-offs [...]

Jun
9
2011

Some critics warn that the program of EHR has gotten off on the wrong foot

The aim of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act was simple: Make it so that any patient can walk into any emergency room in the United States and have their entire medical history summoned instantly, via computer. Not only could doctors save lives by getting quicker access to information, they could avoid costly duplication of efforts when it came to diagnostic tests and X-rays. Under the 2009 stimulus program, the government [...]

May
20
2011

CCHIT, is expanding its “add-on” testing of ambulatory electronic health records to three additional specialties.

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) is expanding its “add-on” testing of ambulatory electronic health records to three additional specialties. CCHIT, one of six federally sanctioned EHR testing and certification bodies, on Tuesday published its certification criteria and test scripts for obstetrics, oncology, and clinical research, bringing to seven the number of specialties the organization now covers. CCHIT will begin accepting online applications for the new programs on June 2. Nine vendors have [...]

May
9
2011

Quest Diagnostics Care360 EHR Customer Successfully Completes Meaningful Use Attestation To Receive The Medicare EHR Incentive

Quest Diagnostics® (NYSE: DGX) announced that Care360 user Paulo Andre, M.D., a neurologist in Framingham, MA, was the first Care360 EHR customer to successfully complete the attestation process for demonstrating Meaningful Use of an electronic health record with an ONC-ATCB certified complete EHR* in accordance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR incentive program. Dr. Andre was the 25th physician in the U.S. to attest on the CMS web-based Registration and Attestation [...]