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  • 80% of REC Primary Care Providers Succeeded at Meaningful Use

    February 5, 2016 - Nearly 80 percent of all regional extension center (REC) primary care providers have attested to meaningful use for the EHR Incentive Programs as of the beginning of this year, according to data from the Office of the National Coordination for Health IT (ONC). In a breakdown by state, ONC data show that all states have had at least 50 percent of its RECs attest to meaningful use. Some states,...

  • Has CMS Failed to Demonstrate Value of Meaningful Use?

    February 1, 2016 - For all the complaints about the EHR Incentive Programs and meaningful use requirements, one raised at a recent town hall meeting on the subject of meaningful use is especially important to determining the future of the program — what is the return on the sizeable data investment made by eligible providers? Convened by the American Medical Association (AMA), last week's meaningful...

  • Will Carequality Lead EHR Vendors to EHR Interoperability?

    January 27, 2016 - The Sequoia Project and Carequality have taken significant steps forward in advancing EHR interoperability by brokering agreements with several health IT vendors to implement its framework for point-to-point health information exchange. Five big names in health IT — Epic Systems, athenahealth, eClincalWorks, NextGen Healthcare, and Surescripts — recently signed on to be the first...

  • Adoption of Patient Portals Growing in Older Populations

    January 26, 2016 - The use of patient portals by older patients could very well be understated. According to data out of athenaResearch, patients in their 60s are just as likely as younger patients to register for their patient portal, with nearly 30 percent of patients over 65 reporting portal use. In an interview with EHRIntelligence.com, athenaResearch Vice President Josh Gray and  Manager David Clain...


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80% of REC Primary Care Providers Succeeded at Meaningful Use

Nearly 80 percent of all regional extension center (REC) primary care providers have attested to meaningful use for the EHR Incentive Programs as of the beginning of this year, according to data from the Office of the National Coordination for...

ONC Releases Facts Sheets Connecting HIPAA, Interoperability

A collaboration between the Offices of Civil Rights and the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has produced two fact sheets for covered entities to observe as advancements in interoperability are made. In a post on blog HealthITBuzz,...

Tracking Progress of 5 Major EHR Interoperability Initiatives

As the industry pushes toward better EHR interoperability, several different projects have emerged. Between privately-funded projects aimed at increasing data exchange and government initiatives using interoperability to achieve a larger end,...

Are Industry Rankings Really Indicative of EHR Usability?

A high ranking for an EHR might not be indicative of its actual usability. This becomes clear when one compares recent industry rankings with polls and testimony coming straight from users. Just last week, KLAS released its Best in KLAS rankings,...

AMIA Seeks Overhaul of Clinical Quality Measure Guide

Electronic clinical quality measures need to be doable, useable, and beneficial to the patient experience, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’...

Provider Burnout Increasing Due to Meaningful Use Burdens

An overwhelming majority of physicians have experienced some sort of provider burnout, in large part due to increasing provider burdens such as meaningful use. According to a recent study from Studer Group, a heaping 90 percent of physicians...

CMS Adds to Guidance on Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

A new response from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to a frequently asked question aims to help eligible providers apply for a meaningful use hardship exception to avoid 2017 payment adjustments. In late December, President...

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