Electronic Health Records

Meaningful Use

Making Health IT Lead Patient Engagement Improvements

by Vera Gruessner

Improving the quality of patient care and increasing patient engagement are key areas that healthcare providers are focused on today. Through the utilization of new health IT tools, many medical professionals are seeing improvements in...

How Stage 3 MU Concerns Impact EHR Incentive Programs

by Vera Gruessner

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs will be impacted by the latest Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule. The proposed ruling calls for stricter security measures for protecting patient health information, increasing the amount...

Why Timing of Stage 3 Proposed Rule Helps ICD-10 Transition

by Vera Gruessner

On March 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the issuance of the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule. The comment period for the proposed requirements will end on May 29, 2015. The reactions to the...

CHIME Pleased with Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule

by Vera Gruessner

After the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule was released, healthcare organizations began to show some concern about certain suggested requirements. For instance, many were unsure whether providers would be able to secure more than 5...

Breaking Down the Health IT Impacts of Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule for Stage 3 meaningful use on March 20, revealing the hotly anticipated provisions for the final phase of the EHR Incentive Programs. Raising the bar on some...

Top 8 Goals of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the proposed rule and certification requirements for Stage 3 Meaningful Use regulations. The proposed rulings focus on increasing health information exchange (HIE) and...

Behavioral Health EHR Adoption Shows Promise in Survey

by Vera Gruessner

In today’s healthcare sector, implementing EHR systems has become a way of life. It is nearly impossible for a medical office to avoid EHR adoption, said Jennifer D’Angelo, Chair of the new HIMSS Long Term Care and Behavioral Health...

What Is Driving Claims in Healthcare about EHR Usability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Over the past several months, healthcare association and industry reports have highlighted the importance of EHR usability to the success of healthcare organizations and providers providing efficient, effective, and safe patient care. In...

Critical Access Hospitals Lag in Meaningful Use Attestation

by Jennifer Bresnick

The nation’s healthcare providers have largely embraced the electronic health record, but having an EHR is vastly different than using it to meet the requirements for the EHR Incentive Programs.  Meaningful use attestation continues to...

Research Predicts Post-EHR Era of Hospital IT Investments

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

New Frost & Sullivan research forecasts changes in hospital IT investments as healthcare organizations make significant investments in business and administrative information systems, ushering in a post-EHR era. According to the...

ONC Announces More Than $36 Million in New Health IT Funding

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued three new health IT funding opportunities totaling more than $36 million, two of which are aimed at workforce and community health development and...

MGMA Questions Sense of Multiple Quality Reporting Systems

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has raised doubts about the practicality of the federal agency require providers to use multiple quality reporting systems...

How the ONC Is Approaching Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The current leadership of Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has made enabling industry-wide health IT interoperability a top provided and the federal agency’s detailed plans for achieving are...

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner Resigns Her Position

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, a key player in the industry’s ongoing adoption of EHRs and meaningful use, has resigned her position after a five-year tenure, a number of news outlets reported this morning.  In an email to CMS...

EHR Technology Patent Lawsuit Deemed Abstract, Ineligible

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

MyMedicalRecords has failed in an EHR technology patent lawsuit brought against numerous competitors, according to an Electronic Frontier Foundation report. The court’s ruling applies to a consolidation of cases with MyMedicalRecords...

Physician Office EHR Adoption Increases, Meaningful Use Lags

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Physician offices continue to adopt EHR technology so why is meaningful use participation being ignored by these eligible providers? Physician office EHR adoption continued its upward swing between 2013 and 2014, but less than half of...

AMA Lists EHRs, Meaningful Use, ICD-10 as Top 2015 Challenges

by Jennifer Bresnick

Meaningful use, ICD-10, and financial sustainability rank among the American Medical Association’s top challenges for physicians in 2015. The New Year’s celebrations may be dying down this week as the healthcare industry gets back...

Physicians Still Sour on Meaningful Use Attestation Changes

by Jennifer Bresnick

The adjustments involved in successful meaningful use attestation still get a thumbs-down from pessimistic physicians. Physicians are still not sold on the idea of changing their daily workflows to meet the requirements of meaningful use,...

Why Don’t 35% of Patients Know that Patient Portals Exist?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient portals are becoming important tools for engagement and population health, but patients are largely unaware of the technology. While patients are generally enthusiastic about viewing their EHR data and engaging with their providers...

Effects of Interoperability on Health Data Privacy Policies

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Interoperability enables healthcare providers to make the most well-informed decisions for individual patients, but it introduces the potential for sensitive patient health data to become compromised if the technologies exchanging...

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