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

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 committee sought to determine the standards maturity and development effort involved in each measure. In many cases, the committee’s comments criticized the measures as too prescriptive.

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athenahealth Resigns From EHR Association

April 23, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) vendor athenahealth will resign from the EHR Association (EHRA), stating they never really belonged in the first place because the Watertown, Mass.-based company is neither an EHR company, nor a software vendor.

Health Information Exchange: Moving Forward or Stuck in Neutral?

April 22, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Some healthcare leaders point to potential barriers to long-term stability and sustainability of HIE, and are questioning whether the sector is going through normal growing pains or encountering systemic problems.

Lack of Interoperability Holding Back 'Robust Health Data Infrastructure'

April 16, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The lack of interoperability is a major impediment to the development of a robust health data infrastructure, according to an independent report commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), with input from the Office of the National...

Washington Debrief: ONC Looks to Pivot HITPC Work In Support of Future ONC

April 14, 2014     Jeff Smith, Director of Public Policy at CHIME
ONC asked the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) to consider a new work plan, which would reform several workgroups for future policy development.

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.

Opposing Viewpoints: Provider Organizations Give Differing Perspectives on What the ICD-10 Delay Really Means

April 11, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
In the past week, provider organizations have been outspoken in how the ICD-10 delay will affect them moving forward. But not everyone seems to be on the same page. HCI has interviewed two such patient care organizations with differing opinions on the ripple...

INDUSTRY EXCLUSIVE: CHIME's Branzell Speaks with HCI about Sebelius Resignation Announcement

April 10, 2014     Mark Hagland
As news media reports confirmed that Kathleen Sebelius was set to announce her resignation as HHS Secretary, CHIME’s Russ Branzell shared his thoughts on that development exclusively with Healthcare Informatics

Consultant: Providers Need to Look Ahead to MU Stage 3

April 9, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Certainly, provider organizations have plenty of concerns when it comes to attesting to meaningful use, which is vital to their immediate and long-term success. According to one industry expert, a failure to look ahead is at the top of the problem list.

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.

HEALTHeLINK Offers Syndromic Surveillance Reporting to NYSDOH

April 4, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s health information exchange (HIE), has launched an automated syndromic surveillance reporting service for its hospital partners to detect outbreaks and monitor disease developments.

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...

Report: Global Healthcare IT Market to Reach $66B by 2020

April 1, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The global healthcare IT market is projected to reach $66 billion by 2020, driven by streamlining clinical workflow processes, according to a new report from market researcher Global Industry Analysts (GIA).