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NCQA says potential to engage patients with HIT “untapped”

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient engagement enabled by health IT still has a ways to go in improving the quality and efficiency of care for consumers, but a framework is emerging to help providers leverage this technology in pursuit of the triple aim, according to...

How the cloud drove athenahealth from EHR association

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The HIMSS EHR Association is losing one of its most prominent members following the decision by athenahealth to part ways with the trade association. According to comments from Dan Haley, VP of Government Affairs at the cloud-based EHR and...

How will vendors prep for ICD-10, Stage 2 MU after the delay?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Reactions to the ICD-10 delay, which has pushed off the new code set until at least October 1, 2015, have been all over the map.  Disappointed coders, ambivalent physicians, and opportunity seekers on the financial side have all...

2014 EHR certification churns along as ONC list tops 1000

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than 1000 EHR products have been certified by the Office of the National Coordinator as meeting 2014 CEHRT criteria, according to the official product list, representing a major jump from just a few months ago.  Providers have...

HIE patient portals may help providers meet Stage 2 MU

by Jennifer Bresnick

For providers looking to attest to Stage 2 of Meaningful Use in the coming months, one requirement above all others has prompted ongoing concern.  The 5% patient engagement threshold, which requires patients to access an online portal to...

Report: Meaningful Use has not improved health IT enough

by Jennifer Bresnick

The first two stages of Meaningful Use have not gone far enough to develop an industry-wide health data infrastructure, says a new report compiled by governmental advisory agency JASON and funded by the AHRQ.  While providers have made...

Replacing your EHR in light of Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Switching EHR systems is a difficult task at the best of times, but for providers entering Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs, it can be a rocky road to travel.  Stage 2 brings with it a number of increased reporting thresholds,...

How an REC aligned EHR adoption, HIE participation in Maine

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

EHR adoption enables healthcare providers the means to document clinical encounters, but it is through participation in the exchange of health information that a patient’s health information is capable of getting where it is needed...

HIMSS recommends changes to Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During a week that has already seen a change in the timeline for ICD-10, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is reiterating the need to revisit the schedule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use and offering...

Comprehensive portal, microblog promotes patient engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

A web-based patient engagement toolkit being developed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, hopes to improve care coordination and amplify a patient’s voice by allowing a greater degree of interaction than current...

Success in Stage 2 Meaningful Use will depend on resources?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Based on their work with eligible professionals and hospitals in Stage 1 Meaningful Use, regional extension centers (RECs) have a good read on where providers are in their EHR adoption journey and how they are likely to fare in the next...

Why do Medicaid providers struggle with meaningful use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The challenge of meeting meaningful use varies according to whether a healthcare provider is an eligible hospital or professional or is participating in the EHR Incentive Program for Medicare or Medicaid (or in the case of some hospitals,...

Why should providers continue with Stage 2 Meaningful Use?

by Sponsored Content

It’s 7:30 PM on a Tuesday, you’re on your second pot of coffee, and you’re ready to throw in the towel. Your EHR vendor delivered on Stage 1 Meaningful Use, but while the vendor can meet the new ICD-10 requirements, it...

How are Stage 2 Meaningful Use, ICD-10 taxing providers?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With all the initiatives affecting healthcare organizations this year, being able to balance priorities and resources is must. Meaningful use and ICD-10 are two projects requiring health systems, hospitals, and physician practices to...

Will health information exchange enable data integration?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Having an integrated health IT infrastructure allows a healthcare organization and its providers to streamline the flow of data from one department to the next. Not all health settings, however, find themselves in this situation. Either...

How important is physician engagement to CPOE adoption?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) aims at preventing potential errors or problems associated with orders that could negatively impact a patient’s safety or ultimately his health outcome. Each is an important requirement in...

GOP Senators seek details about meaningful use exemption

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During HIMSS14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed it would be making a concession to eligible hospitals and professionals concerning Stage 2 Meaningful Use so long as it concerns their inability to implement...

HIMSS: EHR interoperability, HIE top priority for hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

With Stage 2 of Meaningful Use right around the corner and interoperability of health IT systems heading the list of requirements, hospital executives are doing their very best to bring their organizations up to par, according to a survey...

Mostashari: Patient engagement is essential for better health

by Jennifer Bresnick

During his time as the National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari had a big job to do.  Not only did he have to convince physicians and hospitals that EHRs were a good idea, he also had to herd healthcare providers towards...

How will HIT in 2014 impact the work of a healthcare CIO?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

ICD-10 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use are two major forces driving the perfect storm in health IT in 2014, but they aren’t the only initiatives healthcare CIOs are tasked with accomplishing this year. That’s not to say there...



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