Electronic Health Records

Meaningful Use

CMS pays out $24.8B in meaningful use incentives through July

by Jennifer Bresnick

The pace of Stage 2 meaningful use attestation among eligible providers and hospitals is picking up steam after a slow start earlier this year, contributing to more than $24.8 billion in incentive payments cashed by the healthcare industry...

Georgia Regents, Cerner reimagine EHR vendor relationships

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The importance of having a good working relationship with an EHR vendor is evident in those EHR implementations and adoptions that go off without a hitch and even more so in those instances where they don’t. Generally, innovation in...

Will health information exchange repair care coordination?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

At Baylor College of Medicine, the progress of health information exchange (HIE) over the past year proceeded quickly. It first began along with other area hospitals using an Epic EHR and is about to widen its reach by signing on with the...

Case study: How clinical analytics helps with meaningful use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Whether a healthcare organization is attesting to Stage 1 or Stage 2 of meaningful use this year, the process may not be entirely intuitive for physicians and other clinicians responsible for documenting patient care.  At Massachusetts...

How EHRs can promote safety of medical devices using UDIs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Responding to a request from the Senate Finance Committee seeking input on how to increase the usefulness and availability of health data, the Pew Charitable Trusts are calling for improvements in the way that information about medical...

What work precedes clinical decision support adoption, use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Clinical decision support (CDS) has the potential improve decision-making at the point of care. At least, that is the belief of the architects behind meaningful use and its increasing requirements for CDS adoption. The Office of the...

CMS to align meaningful use, quality reporting for hospitals

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Alignment of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) is coming, but the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is backing away from proposals that would have implemented dramatic changes as...

OIG finds ONC’s oversight of EHR certification lacking

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has called out the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) for its management of elements of the EHR certification process in an August report. As a result of an...

Upcoming EHR and Health IT Events

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Innovation in health information technology has evolved rapidly over the past few years. From meaningful use and accountable care to telemedicine and healthcare analytics, the landscape of healthcare is evolving and the challenges facing...

July 15: WEDI, CMS begin meaningful use webinar series

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and CMS will be hosting a three-part webinar series focused on the EHR Incentive Programs.  The series, titles “Getting the Most Out of Meaningful Use,” will address recent...

Study: Advanced EHR use brings 9.6% cut in patient costs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Use of an advanced EHR system can produce significantly lower per-patient costs in hospitals, says a study published today in the American Journal of Managed Care, with healthcare organizations seeing nearly ten percent in savings from...

Lack of clinical buy-in doomed GA hospital’s EHR rollout

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Details about the EHR implementation that forced two senior staff to resign from Athens Regional Medical Center (ARMC) have emerged with a lack of coordination and communication named as the chief cause according to Athens...

ICD-10, Stage 2 Meaningful Use will challenge new HHS leader

by Jennifer Bresnick

After the Senate overwhelmingly confirmed the appointment of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the new face of healthcare in the United States faces a host of challenges to...

GOP questions authority of ONC’s health IT regulatory work

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A quartet of Republicans in the House of Representatives have questions about statutory authority of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to assume health IT-regulatory activities which would...

Why is increased EHR adoption important to long-term care?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

That one-size-fits-all does not apply to EHR design, selection, and adoption has become cliché in healthcare and health IT circles. However, it continues to ring true for providers working in specialty fields of medicine whose...

DeSalvo unveils ONC plans for health IT beyond HITECH Act

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is preparing itself for the next era of health IT adoption, one that will not rely primarily on financial incentives for healthcare providers. In an in email to...

$23 billion EHR market will continue growth with replacements

by Jennifer Bresnick

The EHR market surged past $23 billion in 2013 and will continue to grow as providers seek replacement products and certification-related upgrades, says a report by Kalorama Information.  Hospitals are likely to make up a larger...

40% of EHR buyers are looking to replace their health IT

by Jennifer Bresnick

Four out of every ten EHR buyers are seeking their second or third health IT system, says a Software Advice poll, and 40% of those buyers are looking for mobile EHR support as one of their top wish list features.  The number of EHR...

HITPC seeks input on Meaningful Use, LTPAC EHR criteria

by Jennifer Bresnick

The ONC’s Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) will be hosting a series of listening sessions to gather industry input on the EHR Incentive Programs as well as the health IT needs of non-eligible organizations like long-term care and...

MA House votes against EHR proficiency rule for licensure

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Massachusetts House of Representatives has voted to modify controversial legislation that requires physicians to demonstrate proficiency with EHRs as a condition for maintaining their medical licensure.  Previously, the law stated...

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