Electronic Health Records

Meaningful Use

What’s the Key Takeaway from ONC’s Interoperability Plans?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Yesterday marked an important step in setting realistic goals for interoperability within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). During the first joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Standards...

Is Today’s EHR Technology Able to Support Tomorrow’s Care?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Look at where we are with the ability to attest to meaningful use Only a small percentage of healthcare providers will be capable of supporting next phase of EHR-enabled healthcare delivery using their current EHR technology, a...

75% of EPs, 92% of Hospitals Have Gotten Meaningful Use Cash

by Jennifer Bresnick

Three-quarters of eligible professionals (EPs) and 92% of hospitals have adopted an EHR and received a meaningful use incentive payment as of June 2014, according to the latest report from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC),...

Achieving EHR Optimization alongside Meaningful Use of HIT

by Debbie Martin of CTG Health Solutions

Health information technology (HIT) is essential to achieve financial success in today’s environment of regulatory reporting and federal and state requirements. Less realized ― but equally important ― is its potential value to...

EHR Adoption Gaps Remain Key Barriers in Annual ONC Report

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Disparities in parts of the care continuum continue to hinder the exchange of health information between providers and represent an obstacle that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to remove in order...

Are Current Expectations for Interoperability Nearsighted?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A major component of Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements is to promote the exchange of health information between certified EHR technologies (CEHRTs), but most providers have yet to demonstrate their ability to meet these measures. In...

Has Provider Support for Meaningful Use Waned Irreversibly?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The recent changes to the EHR Incentive Programs by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are intended to increase flexibility for eligible professionals and hospitals struggling to keep up with meeting meaningful use...

90% of Providers Believe EHR Interoperability Improves Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The vast majority of healthcare providers believe that EHR interoperability and fluid health information exchange are critical for delivering high quality patient care, cutting costs, and improving the experience of frustrated and weary...

Reaction to Reopened Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Association (AMA) and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) have responded to the announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that eligible professionals (EPs) and...

Champion of Patient-Centered Care Judy Murphy to Leave ONC

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is losing another of its stalwarts to the private sector with the announcement that Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Director of the Office of Clinical Quality...

CMS announces group practice reporting option for PQRS

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: On September 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would be extended the registration deadline to October 3 for group practices. Group practices of eligible professionals (EPs) wanting to...

Have EHRs, health IT adoption really made progress since 1990?

by Jennifer Bresnick

With a tablet on every countertop and a smartphone in every pocket, it may seem silly to question the progress technology has made since twenty-five years ago, when many of today’s medical students were still in diapers.  But a...

EHRs, meaningful use improve patient safety, medical errors

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic health records have the ability to improve patient safety, raise care quality, and reduce potentially serious medical errors, the ONC said during a Health IT Week presentation, with more than half of physicians acknowledging...

Why is a custom EHR platform important for urgent care?

by Divan Dave of OmniMD

Typically, an urgent care center doesn’t have beds and their patients don’t make appointments. The centers provide walk-in, extended-hour access for acute illness and injury care that is either beyond the scope or availability...

Rural Neb. hospital takes on EHR adoption, meaningful use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Chadron Community Hospital, located in the rural heartland of Nebraska, is celebrating its progress towards becoming fully paperless with an EHR adoption story that holds important lessons for other isolated healthcare organizations. ...

ONC tabs naval captain to oversee HIT Certification Program

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has appointed the new head of the Health IT Certification Program. In an internal memo to ONC staff, Director of Office of Standards and Technology Steven...

Meaningful use audit leaves Arkansas hospital owing $900,000

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is asking Drew Memorial Hospital (DMH) in Monticello, Arkansas to pay back $900,000 in Stage 1 meaningful use incentive dollars after a post-attestation audit revealed that the hospital failed to meet one of the measures involved in...

RECs have aided 100,000 providers with EHRs, meaningful use

by Jennifer Bresnick

The nation’s network of Regional Extension Centers (RECs) have provided more than 100,000 healthcare organizations with the knowledge and tools to implement EHR technology and attest to Stage 1 of meaningful use, the ONC was proud to...

Does EHR design limit the critical thinking of physicians?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

This week will include a fair share of praise for health information technology and its benefits for supporting efficient and effective care, but it comes on the heels of some harsh criticism by one California pediatrician who is arguing...

Louisiana Medicaid EHR Incentive Program overpaid $3.1 million

by Jennifer Bresnick

The state of Louisiana overpaid $3.1 million meaningful use dollars for the Medicaid portion of the EHR Incentive Programs, according to a new OIG report, and underpaid six additional hospital by $1.3 million.  The audit also revealed...

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