Ambulatory Care

Congresswoman's Bill Would Provide 90-Day Reporting for Stage 2

September 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
In the thick of "National Health IT Week," Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) won a lot of friends in the health IT industry with a proposed bill that would allow providers to attest to Stage 2 of meaningful use using any 90-day reporting period in...

NwHIN Power Team: Focus on ‘Least-Regret’ Activities for Stage 3 Query Standards

September 10, 2014     David Raths
In a presentation to the Sept. 10 meeting of the federal Health IT Standards Committee, one of its subcommittees recommended that if 2017 EHR certification requirements are going to include query capabilities, they should be functional in nature rather than...

Challenges for Population Health: A Clinical and Technology Approach

September 10, 2014     Dave Levin, M.D. and Pete Rivera
Now with Patient Centered Medical Home, Meaningful Use and Accountable Care we are seeing a shift in how we view this information. Data is now a valuable asset to be used as a patient health tool, not just for payment and operations.

Despite Meaningful Use Misgivings, Ambulatory Providers Marching Toward EHR Adoption

September 4, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Two recently released research reports reveal that while the ambulatory market is marching toward universal adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems, most do not believe that meaningful use is having a positive impact on patient care.

Mass. Public Health and HIE: MU and Beyond

August 20, 2014     David Raths
One of the strongest use cases for statewide health information exchanges involves easing reporting to public health agencies. The HIE can provide a single conduit for providers to meet many reporting obligations. In Massachusetts, progress is underway on...

EHR Vendors to ONC: Don’t Push FHIR into Stage 3 MU

August 5, 2014     David Raths
Representatives from electronic health record vendors told an ONC panel listening session Aug. 5 that meaningful use Stage 3 is too soon to switch gears from the consolidated clinical document architecture (C-CDA) to an approach focused on discrete data...

GaHIN Connection to National eHealth Exchange Paves the Way for State-to-State Exchange of Health Information

July 24, 2014     John DeGaspari
Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), the statewide health information exchange network that electronically connects Georgia hospitals, physicians and clinicians to exchange patient health information, today announced its “go live” status with the eHealth...

HIMSS Urges Speed in Stage 2 Flexibility; Changes to 2015 Reporting Requirements

July 21, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Taking a page from its affiliated EHR Association, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to act quickly on...

Connecting the Entire Healthcare Community: The Old North State Shows New HIE Growth

July 15, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
In 2009, the groundwork was laid for North Carolina’s HIE to get built. Five years later, the organization’s growth has been significant, now with nearly 800 ambulatory sites and 33 hospitals connected. NC HIE’s president explains how it happened.

Two CIOs Talk Meaningful Use Stage 2

July 8, 2014     David Raths
So far, only 10 hospitals have attested to Stage 2 of meaningful use, but on Tuesday, July 8, the Health IT Policy Committee heard from the CIO of one of them and from another about to go through the process.

Minnesota Celebrates 10 Years of E-Health Progress

July 2, 2014     David Raths
Last month the state of Minnesota held its 10th Anniversary E-Health Summit, with National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., providing the opening keynote. It was a chance for stakeholders in the state to celebrate achievements and look ahead to 2015...

Podcast: How Can the Meaningful Use Program be Improved Going Forward?

June 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
In this edition of the Healthcare Informatics podcast, Senior Editor, Gabriel Perna speaks with Jason Fortin, senior advisor with Impact Advisors, on the drama surrounding the controversial meaningful use program. How can CMS and ONC improve the program going...
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