September 26, 2016 - As a part of its efforts for National Health IT Week, CMS has provided updates and reminders on meaningful use requirements for the 2016 reporting period. For this meaningful use reporting period, the program’s nearly 600,000 active participants will need to attest to a streamlined set of program requirements. Eligible professionals will need to attest to 10 requirements and eligible...
September 26, 2016 - A majority of hospitals in all but one state have adopted certified EHR technology as of 2015, according to an ONC data brief. Overall, 96 percent of hospitals have adopted CEHRT, with 49 states and Washington, DC, having at least 81 percent adoption rates. In Utah, the adoption rate is the lowest for any state at 75 percent. ONC’s data, informed by the 2015 American Hospital Association...
September 16, 2016 - CMS is building a central repository to assist eligible providers in meeting meaningful use requirements for public health reporting, the federal agency announced Friday. The repository will indicate the readiness of public health agencies (PHAs) and clinical data registries (CDRs) to receiving data electronically and ultimately help providers fulfill public health reporting requirements required...
September 14, 2016 - While EHR usability design is often centered on producing quality care outcomes, they may not be ideal for integrating the tools into behavioral healthcare. In many cases, EHR design may not be ethical for behavioral healthcare. In a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, healthcare experts discuss the use of EHR flagging tools that utilize icons to categorize...
On a near-annual basics, federal agencies provide updates on EHR adoption that serve as a bellwether of the healthcare's industry technical capabilities, most notably the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). However, reliance on these facts and figures can be...
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