Electronic Health Records

Meaningful Use

Fee-for-Service Reimbursement Limits Telehealth Adoption

by Stephanie Reardon

New payment model that incorporates value-based reimbursements would improve telehealth adoption rates. As the healthcare industry begins to update its technology, the implementation of more telehealth services lags behind. A report...

Role of Integrated EHR Technology in Solving Fragmented Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Authors of a recent Harvard Business Review article claim that integrated care hold the key to resolving fragmented healthcare in the United States. Pioneering healthcare organizations demonstrate that it is now possible “the...

Is the Dominance of Epic EHR Technology Good for Healthcare?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

New research shows that the increased adoption of Epic EHR technology could prove beneficial and detrimental to the healthcare industry. A new paper in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association concludes that an emerging...

As Adoption Slows, the Market Must Embrace EHR Interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

While medicine is a field focused on helping and healing, at the core of every major industry lies a cold, hard truth: money must be made in sufficient quantities to develop new products, satisfy investors, and employ staff. For many...

EHR Quality Reporting Rewarded through $36.3M in HHS Funding

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

EHR quality reporting led to $4.9 million in ACA awards to 332 health centers. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has rewarded the quality improvement efforts of health centers with $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act...

ONC Plan Aims at Behavioral Health EHR Adoption, HIT Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

ONC’s updated federal health IT plan looks to increase behavioral health EHR adoption as well as health IT use across the care continuum. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued its...

Rewards, Penalties of EHR Incentive Programs Drive Adoption

by Jennifer Bresnick

The EHR Incentive Programs have had a profound impact on physicians’ decisions to adopt an electronic health record. EHR adoption has been driven in large part by the incentive dollars and looming financial penalties of meaningful...

How 2014 Proved the Need for Long-Term Care EHR Technology

by Dave Wessinger of PointClickCare

This past year continued the healthcare trends of recent years with significant ongoing change in the industry, particularly in senior care and the need for long-term care EHR technology and care coordination tools. The increase in the...

CMS Creates New Office for Healthcare Data Analytics

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Having established reporting programs responsible for generating healthcare data, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now taking steps to make use of this provider and consumer information using healthcare data...

Colo. Regional Extension Center Implements Fee-for-Service

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

CORHIO will continue the work of the Colorado REC using a fee-for-service model. A top regional extension center (REC) is moving to a fee-for-service model as it plans to support providers transforming their operations for the...

ONC Rejects Claims Questioning Future of EHR Certification

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

EHR certification at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is alive and well despite recent regulatory and organizational developments that might indicate otherwise, claims the recently appointed...

Should Meaningful Use Capture Social, Behavioral Health?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

IOM wants 12 standard measures social and behavioral domains measures of social and behavioral determinants included in meaningful use requirements. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has identified a dozen standard measures social and...

MHC Eyes EHR Integration, Interoperability, Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information exchanges (HIE) not only serve an important function in bridging the interoperability between EHR technologies and helping eligible providers achieve meaningful use, but they also play a valuable role in ensuring EHR...

Is Meaningful Use Responsible for Limited EHR Usability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As its name clearly indicates, meaningful use places emphasis on the adoption of certified EHR technology and more specifically describes the quality EHR use must take, but meaningful use has missed the mark in defining EHR usability from...

Why Thorough EHR Adoption Must Precede Population Health

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While the healthcare industry is certainly moving away from volume to value and working to manage the health of patient populations, it does not have sufficient depth of EHR adoption to support next-generation care delivery. Proponents and...

CIOs to Benefit from CHIME’s KLAS, HIT Research Partnerships

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On Thursday, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives provided details about the many organizational changes the association was making in order to keep pace with developments in healthcare from meaningful use to mergers...

AMA Sees Trouble in Departures of DeSalvo, Reider from ONC

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Associations (AMA) has formally responded to the revelations that two key leaders within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) would be vacating their positions, which could...

EHR Usability Cause of Key Pain Points for Healthcare CIOs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

EHR adoption is increasing, but EHR usability remains a problem for end-users trying to enter and access data efficiently. Whereas EHR adoption continues to increase among healthcare organizations and providers, EHR usability remains a...

22% of EPs, 5% of Hospitals Fail Meaningful Use Audits

by Jennifer Bresnick

The security risk assessment has been a major pain point for healthcare organizations since the beginning of the audit program. Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Arkansas is celebrating a successful appeal of its failed meaningful use...

Choosing the Right EHR Vendor in 2014 and Beyond

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Software goes through iterations as a natural part of its lifecycle, and EHR technology is no different. Beyond its initial implementation, EHR software undergoes updates, patches, and upgrades to ensure that the system is functioning...

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