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AMIA Seeks Overhaul of Clinical Quality Measure Guide

by Sara Heath

Electronic clinical quality measures need to be doable, useable, and beneficial to the patient experience, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

Physician EHR Use Increases, Health Data Exchange Still Lags

by Sara Heath

Office-based physician EHR use jumped from 67.5 percent in 2013 to 74.1 percent in 2014, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. This jump could be credited to the meaningful use programs, which provide incentives for...

Will Senate Bill Help to End the EHR Incentive Programs?

by Sara Heath

The Senate Health Committee’s recent draft legislation may contribute to the end of the EHR Incentive Programs, says John D. Halamka, MD, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In the midst of industry confusion surrounding...

How Changes in Primary Care Delivery Impact EHR Selection

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The EHR selection process is about choosing the right tool for the right purpose. If EHR technology is to support care delivery, then its functionalities must be well suited to the clinical workflows of its end-users. This is hardly a...

ONC Posts Health IT Policies for Improved Accountable Care

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has released a full document containing health IT policy levers on its website, giving various healthcare professionals access to different ways states leverage health IT to...

CMS, ONC Expand Explanation of Upcoming Meaningful Use Plans

by Sara Heath

Following up from last week’s EHR meaningful use announcement at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, Andy Slavitt of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Karen DeSalvo, the National Coordinator for Health IT,...

Improving Physician EHR Use Key to HL7/ONC C-CDA Challenge

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new challenge co-sponsored by Health Level Seven (HL7) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) looks to improve physician EHR use and avoid information overload. The C-CDA Rendering Tool...

CMS, ONC to Hold eCQI Resource Center Overview

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) will be holding a webinar to review the eCQI Resource Center on January 27, 2016, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. This webinar...

Industry Experts Back EHR Meaningful Use Overhaul

by Sara Heath

Over the course of the past week, several healthcare industry experts have expressed support for ending the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR meaningful use programs, stating that the program may have run its...

Meaningful Use Overhaul Welcomed Change for Hospitals

by Sara Heath

In response to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid’s recent announcement regarding upcoming changes to the EHR meaningful use programs, 31 healthcare organizations signed a letter reminding Department of Health & Human...

WEDI’s Devin Jopp Steps Down as President and CEO

by Sara Heath

Devin Jopp, Ed.D, president and CEO of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, has announced that he will be stepping down after his four years as president and CEO of the organization, according to a WEDI public...

AMA Invests $15M in New Healthcare IT Startup Health2047

by Sara Heath

There will be a new player in the Silicon Valley startup community, as the American Medical Association (AMA) becomes a partner in Health2047, a new company that will work with the organization to improve healthcare outcomes and physician...

Meaningful Use, ICD-10, Epic, Cerner Lead Top 2015 Headlines

by Sara Heath

When looking back on our most-viewed stories from this year, we noticed three major themes: meaningful use, ICD-10, and vendor news. Between the publication of the Meaningful Use Modifications Rule, the October ICD-10 go-live, and...

Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions Bill Signed into Law

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (S. 2425), according to a White House press release. S. 2425 covers legislation regarding Medicare payments for certain...

How Federal Agencies Acted to Aid EHR Interoperability in 2015

by Sara Heath

Since the advent of EHRs and health IT products, interoperability has been an issue for healthcare providers. Throughout 2015, different government agencies have made progress toward laying out plans for full EHR interoperability. From...

Health Information Exchange to Build on 2015 Advancements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Interoperability and health information exchange are deeply intertwined. While advancing interoperability should enabled the more efficient exchange of health information, health data exchange is already taking place through the leveraging...

Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Bill Advances in Congress

by Sara Heath

Congress has passed a bill that may make the EHR Incentive Programs attestation a little easier this year. On Friday, both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed S.2425, which would amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social...

Recapping Recommended Changes to Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Health Association (AHA) is the latest industry group to share its recommendations for changes to meaningful use requirements following the publishing of modifications to Stage 2 Meaningful Use and requirements for upcoming...

Meaningful Use, ACOs Raise Health IT Integration Needs

by Sara Heath

Federal initiatives such as meaningful use and accountable care organizations (ACOs) are shaping healthcare professionals’ needs when it comes to health IT use. According to a recent study by IDC InfoBrief, healthcare organizations...

Health IT Regulations, Mandates Most Affecting EHR Adoption

by Sara Heath

Over the past decade, the EHR marketplace has become a burgeoning industry, with the number of adopters increasing in parallel. Spurring and impacting the latter’s investment in EHR adoption are several pits of federal regulation and...

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