Electronic Health Records


HIMSS: Stark Law Hinders Care Coordination, Health Data Exchange

August 29, 2018 - The Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly known as the Stark Law, places unnecessary administrative burdens on providers while hindering care coordination and health data exchange, according to a letter from HIMSS to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. In response to the federal agency’s June request for information (RFI), HIMSS advised CMS to change Stark Law regulations to ensure...

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HIMSS, AMDIS Suggest Ways CMS Can Reduce Administrative Burden

by Kate Monica

In a recent letter to CMS, HIMSS and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) offered suggestions to reduce administrative burden on providers as part of the CMS Patients Over Paperwork Initiative. The Patients...

HIMSS Suggests CMS Reduce Administrative Burden of eCQM Reporting

by Kate Monica

In a recent letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, HIMSS recommended several ways the federal agency can improve electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) development, implementation, and reporting to reduce administrative burden on...

Two-thirds of US Hospitals Achieved Upper HIMSS EMRAM Adoption

by Elizabeth Snell

By the end of 2017, 66.7 percent of US hospitals reached either Stage 5 or Stage 6 of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), according to HIMSS Analytics data. HIMSS EMRAM adoption shows how organizations are...

AHA, HIMSS Support CMS Plans for Meaningful Use, MyHealthEData

by Kate Monica

HIMSS and AHA voiced support for CMS after the federal agency revealed plans to overhaul meaningful use requirements as part of the EHR Incentive Programs and to promote patient EHR access through the Trump Administration’s...

Health Data Exchange Initiative to Focus on Public Health

by Kate Monica

Two organizations recently announced a new National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC) aimed at improving interoperability and collaboration between health and human services in the US. With the help of a $12 million grant from the...

CHIME Unveils National Patient Identifier Challenge Finalists

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) yesterday announced the finalists of its Healthcare Innovation Trust National Patient ID Challenge, its own effort to address positive patient identification...

National Patient Identifier Gains Congressional Support

by Kate Monica

Proponents of a national patient identifier are pleased with the inclusion of certain language in a recently approved 2017 federal spending plan. Congress has included report language in its FY 2017 Omnibus spending bill allowing HHS to...

Healthcare Organizations Still Lack National Patient Identifier

by Kate Monica

For years, organizations including HIMSS and CHIME have vocalized the need for a national patient identifier. As health IT and health data exchange continue to evolve, the need for a consistent, accurate way to identify patient health...

3 Hospitals Recognized for Highest Level of EHR Adoption

by Kate Monica

Several hospitals have recently joined the growing number of healthcare organizations prioritizing streamlined EHR adoption. Specifically, these hospitals are reaching top levels in the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption...

HIMSS, CHIME to Help International Health IT Professionals

by Sara Heath

The College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) are joining forces to create HIMSS-CHIME International, an organization for health IT professionals to...

HIMSS Seeks Changes to ONC Health IT Certification Program

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) should encourage health IT developers to continuously improve products rather than employ punitive approaches to health IT certification, according to the...

AMA, HIMSS Submit Comments on Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

Two more industry groups have commented on Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, but one is in support while the other is in opposition. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Stage 3 needs a major overhaul to help improve...

HealthNet Given HIMSS Davies Award for Exemplary EHR Use

by Sara Heath

The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has awarded another Ambulatory Davies Award, this time to HealthNet for its use of health IT to improve patient care. Indianna-based HealthNet is the state’s only...

HIMSS Announces New Value Score for EHR, Health IT Users

by Sara Heath

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has announced its new Value Score for measuring the effectiveness of various health IT systems. According to a recent press release, the Value Score builds upon past HIMSS...

Californian Children’s Hospitals Receive HIMSS Stage 7 Award

by Sara Heath

For their exemplary work in EHR implementation and health IT, HIMSS has awarded the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford with the HIMSS Stage 7 Award and the hospital’s network practices with the HIMSS Stage 7 Ambulatory...

HIMSS asks for more telehealth, fewer health IT disruptions

by Jennifer Bresnick

In a series of suggestions to Congress, HIMSS is urging lawmakers to pay closer attention to three major areas of concern in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry: the expansion of novel technologies such as telehealth and remote...

HIMSS recommends changes to Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During a week that has already seen a change in the timeline for ICD-10, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is reiterating the need to revisit the schedule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use and offering...

NextGen CMO named to EHR Association Executive Committee

by Nicole Freeman

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a provider of information systems, announced that its CMO, Sarah Corely, MD, FACP, has been elected to the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Association Executive Committee. The committee, a...

Latest HIMSS14 survey shows increased physician mobile use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

New findings published at HIMSS14 show that clinicians not only want to use mobile technology for patient care but also actually using mobile devices and applications in their current practice. The 3rd Annual HIMSS Analytics Mobile Survey...



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