Meaningful Use Does Not Indicate Higher Quality of Care, Study Finds

April 14, 2014     Gabriel Perna
A new report on physicians indicates that those who were meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs) did not consistently score higher on quality of care measures than those who non meaningful users.

Providers Identify Workflow Challenges with Stage 2 Transitions of Care

April 8, 2014     David Raths
At Health IT Policy Committee listening sessions on Stage 2 transition-of-care requirements, providers and vendors identified health exchange ecosystem maturity levels and workflow changes as their biggest challenges.

HIMSS Issues Recommendations to CMS for Stage 2 Implementation

April 3, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with recommendations to continue moving the meaningful use (MU) program forward and maximize the number of attesters this...

Anticipating the ACC

March 26, 2014     Joe Marion
This weekend, March 29-31 is the 63rd annual American College of Cardiology meeting to be held in Washington, DC. Similar to other meetings, this represents a great opportunity to hear and see what’s new in the world of cardiology.

Standards Committee’s Take on MU Stage 3? Too Prescriptive!

March 26, 2014     David Raths
The March 26 Health IT Standards Committee meeting reviewed the Policy Committee’s Stage 3 recommendations. Led by Standards Task Force chair John Halamka, M.D., the committee covered a range of topics, including patient engagement and care coordination. The...

AHRQ Has a Dozen MU Stage 3 Research Projects Under Way

March 24, 2014     David Raths
The 12 projects sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality are designed to produce results by June 2014 that will be taken into consideration during the regulatory process to shape final Stage 3 objectives. The research projects will propose...

Arizona to Study Unique Patient Identifiers

March 21, 2014     David Raths
Like most states, Arizona is in a transition period in terms of health IT initiatives. It has made great progress in EHR adoption (80 percent) and has a statewide health information exchange with a sustainable business model that includes funding from both...

Healthcare Organizations Haven't Maximized Full Potential of Meaningful Use

March 18, 2014     John DeGaspari
According to a recent survey conducted by Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting Inc., 70 percent of respondents noted that, while their organizations have met meaningful use requirements, they have not been able to maximize the full potential of meaningful use...

Fletcher Allen’s Chuck Podesta: Striding Forward (Part II)

March 16, 2014     Mark Hagland
Fletcher Allen Health’s Chuck Podesta talks frankly about Stage 2 of meaningful use, and other challenges facing today’s CIOs

Health IT Policy Committee Approves MU Stage 3 Recommendations

March 11, 2014     David Raths
After a contentious March 11 Health IT Policy Committee meeting, members of the federal advisory committee voted to approve the Meaningful Use Work Group’s Stage 3 recommendations. After earlier feedback from the Policy Committee, the Meaningful Use Workgroup...

4 National Coordinators Take the Stage Together

February 26, 2014     David Raths
The CCHIT Summit on Wednesday morning at HIMSS in Orlando brought four of the five people who have held the position of national coordinator of health IT together for a panel discussion. (David Blumenthal, M.D., who ushered in the meaningful use era, could not...

Moving to the Cloud? The Contract is Key

February 25, 2014     John DeGaspari
In an educational session on Monday, called “Hidden Pitfalls of the Cloud, Mobile technology and Mobile Data,” Lee Kim, director of privacy and security at HIMSS and Steven J. Fox, an attorney with Post & Schell, P.C., gave practical advice for provider...
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