Electronic Health Records

Meaningful Use

Will Hospital EHR Use Help Prevent 1 Million Heart Attacks?

by Vera Gruessner

The implementation of health IT systems as well as hospital EHR use could lead to better care and outcomes among patients with heart conditions, reports the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in the latest...

EHR Interoperability Imperative for Care Coordination

by Vera Gruessner

The medical industry is incorporating stronger strategies for care coordination to reform the sector and improve quality of care.  One major aspect of improving care coordination stemming from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...

Will Patient Health Outcomes Improve With Interoperability?

by Vera Gruessner

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on May 5 that about $101 million will be delivered to 164 new community health centers across the country in efforts to boost patient health outcomes. In a press release, HHS...

Do Pediatric EHR Systems Need Specialized Functions?

by Vera Gruessner

Children are a key part of the patient population that can potentially benefit greatly from the implementation of EHR technology. A large number of policymakers, clinicians, and other stakeholders have pushed forward the need for pediatric...

Health IT Certification Criteria Stresses Interoperability

by Vera Gruessner

As technology continues to evolve and the federal government pushes forward EHR interoperability and health IT implementation, providers and vendors will need to ensure the systems they adopt adhere to the latest standards. Yesterday, the...

DeSalvo Nominated to be Assistant Secretary for Health

by Vera Gruessner

Yesterday afternoon, Dr. Karen B. Desalvo, National Coordinator for Health IT, was nominated by President Obama to become Assistant Secretary for Health. DeSalvo has held the position of National Coordinator at the Department of Health and...

Have Federal Regulations Led to a Decline in Health IT?

by Vera Gruessner

After the HITECH Act was passed in 2009 and the majority of providers began adopting and implementing EHRs and health IT systems, it was expected that the quality of healthcare across the nation would improve. The outcomes, however, are...

Reporting Via PQRS Data Registry Vital for Value-Based Care

by Vera Gruessner

There are a variety of different measures providers need to meet to qualify for incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. One of these measures is submitting Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) data....

Do Health IT Certification Changes Improve Interoperability?

by Vera Gruessner

The federal government is modifying a variety of aspects of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs as well as the certification criteria for EHR systems. As such, representatives from the Office of the National Coordinator for...

Three Vendors are Driving Patient Engagement and Portal Use

by Vera Gruessner

Driving patient engagement is still vital for the healthcare sector despite certain inconsistencies from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Even though CMS has proposed new Stage 2 Meaningful Use regulations that drop...

Health Information Exchange is a Tool, Not a Solution

by Vera Gruessner

Health information exchange (HIE) is a key part of ensuring that physicians and other healthcare professionals receive the data they need at the right time in order to improve patient health outcomes.  Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania...

Do Health IT Systems Need Greater Interoperability?

by Vera Gruessner

The medical sector is aimed at reaching the triple aim of healthcare by incorporating health IT systems and EHR technology. The triple aim focuses on improving patient care, lowering medical costs, and boosting population health...

How Will HHS Address EHR Implementation Issues?

by Vera Gruessner

Over the last several years, physicians have lamented about a variety of EHR implementation issues and challenges with attesting to meaningful use requirements. The federal government is taking part in addressing some of these...

Did Meaningful Use Requirements Propel Hospital EHR Adoption?

by Vera Gruessner

Ever since 2009 when the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act became law, the majority of healthcare providers began adopting EHR systems and other health IT tools in order to meet the meaningful use...

HIMSS15: ICD-10 Transition, Partnerships, and Speakers

by Vera Gruessner

Last week, at the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition taking place in Chicago, a keynote speaker that addressed the health IT crowds was former President George W. Bush. Keynote speakers, ICD-10 transition sessions, and new...

Meaningful Use Aligns with Health Information Exchange

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the public is welcome to submit comments to the recently released notices of proposed rulemaking. Comments regarding the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule...

EHR Certification Standards Allow Health IT Design to Evolve

by Vera Gruessner

Health IT design and the development of EHR certification standards are dependent upon federal regulations, which need to address today’s physician needs as well as future demands in the healthcare industry. This is why the Stage 3...

Few Physicians Think EHR Technology Improves Outcomes

by Vera Gruessner

The adoption of EHR technology was expected to improve patient health outcomes and quality of care. To determine whether EHR systems have truly helped with these healthcare objectives, who would be the most trustworthy professional to ask?...

Meaningful Use Audits Cause ‘Undue Hardships’ for Physicians

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have conducted meaningful use audits among healthcare participants in the EHR Incentive Programs. However, physicians in primary care and family medicine have found the audit difficult...

Do Patient Engagement Measures Address Privacy Concerns?

by Vera Gruessner

With patient engagement measures playing a significant role in the recently released Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed ruling, it becomes more imperative than in prior years to better understand how to effectively engage patients in their...



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