Electronic Health Records

Meaningful Use

Leading Senators Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Delay

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is continuing to receive pressure from Congress to move forward with modifications to meaningful use...

Finding a Solution to the EHR Replacement Conundrum

by Michael Lovett of NextGen Healthcare

When it comes to EHR adoption, there is good news and bad news. The good? These systems are becoming almost ubiquitous at this point, with 95 percent of all eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals and 54 percent of all...

UPDATE: Final Rule for Meaningful Use Modifications Under Review

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of Management and Budget has received the final rule for modifying meaningful use requirements between 2015 and 2017 from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). According to the OMB list of regulatory actions...

ONC Terminates EHR Certifications for Two EHR Products

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One EHR vendor has had the certifications for two versions of its EHR technology revoked, the Office of the National Coordinator announced Wednesday. Platinum Health Information Systems no longer has EHR certifications for a couple...

EHR Use Hindered by Revenue Loss, Lack of Interoperability

by Sara Heath

EHR use has been on the rise since the 2009 passing of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act provided financial incentives for EHR implementation. However, do the gains of EHR adoption outweigh the...

How EHR Portals Can Increase and Optimize Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

Patient engagement is an important buzzword for healthcare providers to know, said Marcia Cheadle, RN, in a recent EHRIntelligence.com webcast. In order for patient engagement to be effective, providers need to learn how to integrate...

Will AAFP Agreement Help Facilitate EHR Vendor Selection?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Only time will tell whether the offering of a discount by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) of a particular EHR technology will translate into increased EHR adoption among these providers.* Late last week, AAFP struck an...

Senate to Recommend Pausing “Dreaded” Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Stage 3 Meaningful Use may be put on hold if recommendations from a hearing today on interoperability and information blocking are brought to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions...

EHR Interoperability Solutions Progress in Healthcare Sector

by Vera Gruessner

EHR interoperability is the name of the game, as healthcare providers and health IT vendors begin to realize the importance of connecting systems and medical devices to better communicate and share data throughout a medical...

Tailored Physician EHR Use Necessary for Evolving Industry

by Vera Gruessner

The healthcare industry is changing every day and new, revolutionary processes are continuing to affect patient care and population health outcomes. Whether it’s through patient-centered medical homes, accountable care organizations...

EHR Implementation Weakens Productivity, Improves Revenue

by Vera Gruessner

EHR implementation has had a variety of goals throughout the healthcare industry including achieving the triple aim of healthcare, which focuses on improving the quality of patient care, reducing healthcare costs, and boosting population...

Medical Data Exchange, Cloud Solutions Impact EHR Design

by Vera Gruessner

Over the last two decades, the medical industry has changed drastically in terms of patient care and access to medical records. It was nearly impossible to obtain one’s own health record 20 years ago. Forbes reports that patients had...

Modifications to Meaningful Use Requirements Find Backing

by Vera Gruessner

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new proposed rule with several key modifications to meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. The general public has...

Solo Practitioners Exempt from EHR Implementation in Minnesota

by Vera Gruessner

One of the key issues that some healthcare providers have found with the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs is the mere financial impact of EHR implementation. In Minnesota, small medical practices – particularly solo...

EHR Interoperability Stalled Due to Information Blocking

by Vera Gruessner

When it comes to the practice of medicine and drug discovery, the federal government plays a role in supporting these sectors and developing legislation that opens up avenues for healthcare professionals and scientific researchers. The...

Public Comments Sought for Meaningful Use Proposed Rules

by Vera Gruessner

Yesterday the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) along with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced that the three most recent notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) are available for public...

Health IT Standards, Information Governance Needed in Medicine

by Vera Gruessner

The health IT industry may be very complex but common standards – especially those of certified EHR technology – tend to elucidate guidelines that vendors and providers need to follow in order to successfully attest to meaningful use...

EHR Incentive Programs Sparked Market to Reach $25 Billion

by Vera Gruessner

The meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs have brought forth an era of electronic data access for the healthcare industry. The EHR market has never been stronger and recent findings illustrate...

Hardship Exemption for Meaningful Use Requirements Due July 1

by Vera Gruessner

Providers who attempt to attest to meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs may find some obstacles standing in the way. Various hardships may come into play to prevent some healthcare providers...

Do Health IT Systems Help or Hinder Patient Safety?

by Vera Gruessner

What does the federal government hope to achieve through the implementation of electronic patient records and health IT systems? There are a variety of aims behind the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and the certification...

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