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Congress wants meaningful use to address health disparities

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Members of Congress are pushing the leaders of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to use the EHR Incentive Programs as a vehicle for...

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...

HITPC: Stage 3 Meaningful Use to focus on patient safety, quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Health IT Policy Committee’s newest draft recommendations for Stage 3 Meaningful Use are taking a good hard look at quality, patient safety, and timely interventions through population health management and clinical decision...

Illinois health information exchange expands

by Nicole Freeman

The Illinois Health Information exchange (ILHIE) has expanded to include Near North Health Service Corporation, Heartland Health Outreach, Erie Family Health Center, PCC Wellness, and Howard Brown Health Center. The ILHIE provides a secure...

What will limit provider success in Stage 2 Meaningful Use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Stage 1 Meaningful Use put the onus for success squarely on the shoulders of eligible hospitals and professionals. The same cannot be said of Stage 2 which requires participants in the EHR Incentive Program to not only engage each other...

ICD-10, Stage 2 MU, HIE among DeSalvo’s new challenges

by Jennifer Bresnick

Karen DeSalvo’s new appointment as National Coordinator for Health IT is certainly an exciting development, but the new leader of the ONC will barely have time to unpack her pencils and shake hands with her new colleagues on January...

How must providers react to the new meaningful use timeline?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

By now the changes to the meaningful use timeline are understood to affect only the end of Stage 2 Meaningful Use and the beginning of Stage 3. As of yet, there are no plans to delay the first year of Stage 2 Meaningful Use although those...

Does meaningful use not support clinical data registries?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

What effect will the current direction of meaningful use have on the usefulness of EHR data to clinical data registries (CDRs) down the road? According to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office, the EHR Incentive Programs...

How will the Stage 2 Meaningful Use delay affect ICD-10?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The questions are beginning to swirl around the announcement that Stage 2 and Stage 3 of Meaningful Use will be extended by a year.  How will the delay affect competing initiatives like ICD-10?  Will the longer reporting periods...

Healthcare CIOs respond to proposed meaningful use changes

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

What impact does the extension of Stage 2 Meaningful Use and pushing back the start of Stage 3 have on healthcare CIOs? In order to achieve all the expectations for 2014 — from ICD-10 to the EHR Incentive Programs — they had to begin...

CHIME, HIMSS decry lack of delay for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

After all the calls for changes to the Stage 2 Meaningful Use timeline, the recently proposed extension announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology...

Why is EHR certification endangering Stage 2 Meaningful Use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The clock is already ticking for hospitals, especially those eligible and participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. Stage 2 Meaningful Use is already underway for these hospitals which must complete their attestation during one of four...

UDIs to impact Stage 3 Meaningful Use, population health?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On November 19, the House Medical Technology Caucus and The Pew Charitable Trusts held a briefing about how the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) new unique device identifier (UDI) system can improve patient care. Representing The...

HITPC moves for better EHR-supported HIE in Stage 3

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Stage 3 Meaningful Use is still underdevelopment, but certain aspects of it are beginning to take solid shape around health information exchange (HIE). Having approved recommendations from the Information Exchange Workgroup for Stage 3...

Public health reporting may be part of Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Health IT Policy Committee is mulling the addition of advanced case reporting to public health agencies and specialized disease registries as part of Stage 3 of Meaningful Use, a move viewed as overly optimistic due to the shaky health...

ACP: “Aggressive” Stage 2 requirements are counterproductive

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Stage 2 Meaningful Use timeline has been causing a bit of a ruckus among healthcare societies commenting on CMS’s guidelines for the upcoming stage of the EHR Incentive Programs.  The American College of Physicians (ACP) added its...

What security challenges does EHR meaningful use present?

by Sponsored Content

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first introduced the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs, many healthcare organizations understood the value it brought to the table. The meaningful use and sharing...

What challenges will the next National Coordinator face?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Little time passed after National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, announced his decision to step down from his post before the speculation about who would succeed him as the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

Will Stage 3 Meaningful Use help reduce health disparities?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Are the requirements for eligible hospitals and professionals doing enough to help reduce disparities in healthcare? The answer to that question is no although the EHR Incentive Programs do have the potential to do so, claim the authors of...

What role can health information exchanges play in big data?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare analytics is beginning to emerge as the next step in the evolution of healthcare delivery through the adoption and use of health information technology. Considering their role in mediating the flow of patient data between...

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