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Rethinking e-prescribing can lead to meaningful use of EHRs?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As the EHR Incentive Programs move forward, subsequent stages of meaningful use aim to increase patient engagement and the flow of information between healthcare organizations, providers, and patients. According to one health IT developer,...

Patient-generated data, EHR sharing can add clinical value

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient-generated health data (PGHD) and the sharing and mutual review of EHR data can add clinical value to a patient’s care, according to a report by the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) Technical Expert Panel assigned to explore...

EHR vendor consolidation: What does the future look like?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

When the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical (HITECH) Act was passed and made billions of dollars available to EHR vendors by way of eligible hospitals and professionals adopting these systems, the number of EHR...

Debate over meaningful use carries on, as does support

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two months have passed since several members of Congress published their criticisms of the EHR Incentive Programs, and still the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has yet to respond, according to a public statement issued by...

What problems lists mean to interoperability, meaningful use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During last week’s webcast held by the Health Resources and Services Administration, presenters from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Blackstone Valley Community Health Care in Pawtucket,...

Don’t delay Stage 3 of Meaningful Use, say consumer groups

by Jennifer Bresnick

Changing or delaying Stage 3 of meaningful use would only harm patients, says the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) and the Campaign for Better Care (CBC) in response to a recent white paper released by a group of six Republican...

HIE adoption: Value of resolving user pain points at IHIE

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare organizations and providers have a number of motivations for connecting to a health information exchange (HIE). Those forming or participating in accountable care organizations (ACOs) or patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs)...

HITPC considers impact of CommonWell Alliance on HIE

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During the monthly meeting Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC), several members of the Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) speculated as to the possibility of state, regional, and local health information exchanges (HIEs)...

CMS promotes interoperability, but steps back on Stage 3 MU

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will delay any rulemaking on Stage 3 Meaningful Use until 2014, Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said during an address at HIMSS13 last week.  Instead of pushing on to the third...

Cerner acquires population health developer PureWellness

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As part of its mission to offers its healthcare customers with population health tools, Cerner has announced its acquisition of PureWellness, a developer of these health IT solutions headquartered in Burlington, Vt. To be rebranded as...

AHRQ offers grants to explore Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is offering grants of up to half a million dollars for researchers interested in studying the viability of proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use policies.  The grants are available to...

Accurate, helpful feedback is possible with patient portals

by Jennifer Bresnick

A pilot study conducted by the ONC, the National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago (NORC), and Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania indicates that patients can provide accurate and beneficial feedback about their...

Web-based tools, EHRs help physicians identify genetic risks

by Jennifer Bresnick

Documenting family history should be more than a hobby for amateur genealogists, according to researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  Health information about parents, aunts and uncles, and siblings,...

Need for debate about health reform, health IT initiatives

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The last several requests for comments or information published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information have generated tremendous pushback from large...

Stages of meaningful use, EMR adoption: HIMSS Analytics Q&A

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Given the money that is on offer to eligible professionals and hospitals, the EHR Incentive Programs have become the measuring stick for gauging progress in the widespread adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs) by healthcare...

HIMSS, EHRA add to the chorus of Stage 3 Meaningful Use comments

by Jennifer Bresnick

Following open letters to the Office of the National Coordinator provided by the AHA, AMA, CHIME, and ACOEM, HIMSS and the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) added their acronyms to the professional organizations responding to the...

ACOEM: Include occupational data in EHRs during Stage 3 MU

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), which represents more than 4,000 physicians, urged the ONC to consider including data about occupational hazards and work capacity in the requirements for Stage 3...

AHA, AMA, CHIME challenge Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposals

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Three advocacy organizations representing hospitals, doctors, and health IT professionals have submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, urging the federal agency and its Health IT...

ONC issues RFC for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Last Friday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published a Request for Comment (RFC) concerning the recommendations from the ONC’s HIT Policy Committee (HITPC) for Stage 3 Meaningful...

National Coordinator highlights election’s effect on health IT

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The results from yesterday’s election should serve as motivation for proponents of health IT to strive toward more aggressive progress in the meaningful use of EHR systems, according to comments from the National Coordinator for Health...

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