Electronic Health Records

EHR and health IT news (July 9 to July 13)

Avoiding the cloud: Relying on an Internet-based EHR product works great for some and for others it can be a source of worry. Much of the decision revolves around how you transport your data and the size of your organization. We talked to Brian Schatz, Chief Operating Officer of Medical Associates Clinic, P.C. in Dubuque, IA, about his experiences and concerns with cloud-based solutions for rural healthcare providers and how practice currently handles data flow and storage. (via EHRintelligence.com)

Staying grounded:  For the past ten years, Facey has used an electronic health record (EHR) and have demonstrated not only meaningful use but also an extremely high rate of adoption and providers willing to go above and beyond the thresholds mandated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Programs. As Vice President and CIO of Facey, Shashi Tripathi is well acquainted with the organization’s efforts to adopt a certified EHR software and achieve meaningful use. (via EHRintelligence.com)

Nothing wrong with some friendly competition: Two Missouri hospitals, Southeast Hospital and Delta Medical Center, have become partners in order to achieve meaningful use. By teaming up to adopt the Siemens EHR, the hospitals save millions of dollars through a joint contract. In doing so, competitors became partners. The hospitals are able to share an EHR as well as support staff. The story makes you wonder if many hospitals and practices will be able to survive on their own. (via HealthDataManagement)

Can’t beat ’em, join ’em:  You can tack on 89 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to the growing list of organizations taking part in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.  These 89 organizations were selected to start their ACO programs on July 1, but Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just released the names of the ACOs today. CMS said that the 89 ACOs will account for 1.2 million beneficiaries across 40 States and Washington, D.C. There are now 154 ACOs participating in the Medicare shared savings program that serve a total of 2.4 million patients. (via EHRintelligence.com)

Prove more than your mettle:  Attestation, the process of demonstrating meaningful use, represents the home stretch in Stage 1 Meaningful Use in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. In theory, attestation is a simple process; in reality, it is full of many stags and obstacles that could lead to the unsuccessful demonstrating of meaningful use and therefore the failure to receive incentives. We’ve compiled a list of tools and tips that should help providers prepare for the attestation process. (via EHRintelligence.com)

But we’re not even at Stage 2: While the country’s providers awaiting the final ruling on Stage 2 Meaningful Use, a workgroup in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is hard at work drafting recommendations for Stage 3. According to early reports, EHR systems must be able to handle registries of immunizations and instances of adverse events as well as help patients monitor their personalized healthcare goals. (via iHealthBeat)

Working on your workflows: As any healthcare provider can attest to, figuring out the best ways to map out workflow during EHR implementation can take a lot of the anxiety out of the process. So having a plan to execute workflow activity during adoption, as reviewed here by HITEC LA, can help ensure you’re in for a smooth EHR transition. (via EHRintelligence.com)

mHealth needs big data and analytics: The proliferation of EHRs and health IT will lead to the creation of exponentially more data. Add mobile health (mHealth) to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a rather tricky situation. How do you make sure of volumes of patient information in a meaningful and efficient way? Listen to Vice President and CMO of Verizon Connected Healthcare Solutions Peter Tippett, MD, explain the roles big data and mHealth will play in the future of health IT.  (via SearchHealthIT)

Making HIE as a public service: The future of healthcare will depend on the ability of networks to enable the efficacious and secure exchange of patient information. Health information exchanges (HIEs) are currently being set up on a state and national level to provide the infrastructure necessary for scaling up. One such state in the process of connecting fragmented stores of information is New York. Getting all organizations on the same page, let alone the same network, has forced the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) to take on the role of a public utility. (via Government Health IT)

ICD-10 is coming to get you: The enforcement period for Version 5010 is underway. Attention is now turning to the implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, whose compliance date is currently being reconsidered for October 1, 2014 rather than 2013. While the news has been received favorably by organizations which would have been unable to meet the deadline, it doesn’t mean that they’re in the clear. If history is any kind of a teacher, it tells us that many will still not make it. (via HealthLeaders Media)

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