AMDIS Responds to ONC Meaningful Use Definition | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

AMDIS Responds to ONC Meaningful Use Definition

June 29, 2009
by root
| Reprints

Lake Almanor, Calif.-based Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) President William Bria, M.D., posted his response with recommendations regarding the ONC Meaningful Use Definition to National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal, M.D.

Among Bria’s recommendations include specific emphasis on EHR adoption and reporting:

We see placing the reporting of quality measures in advance of reporting measures of meaningful EHR adoption as akin to putting ‘the cart before the horse’ — the fields that form the basis for automated quality reporting must first be populated on a regular basis through appropriate data entry and capture, and then presented to physicians for validation. This is a critical step in EHR use optimization and for the changes in behavior that will remediate care deficiencies.

In addition, Bria warns that “implementing full CPOE is an important but complicated undertaking fraught with potential unintended negative consequences if done too quickly or incorrectly.”



AHIMA Issues Cybersecurity Plan for Healthcare Organizations

Cyber attacks against the healthcare industry are growing at an accelerated pace, and to help healthcare organizations strengthen their cybersecurity programs and defend against a cyber attack, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently released a 17-step cybersecurity plan.

Loma Linda University Medical Center Gets HIMSS Stage 7 Designation

Loma Linda University (LLU) Medical Center and other patient care facilities linked to the health system have achieved Stage 7 designation on HIMSS Analytics’ inpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).

HHS OIG Report Cites Concerns with MACRA Implementation

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General issued a report of its review of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) management of the Quality Payment Program and cited specific concerns regarding the need for more specialized technical assistance for clinicians and program integrity efforts.

Cerner Files Protest over $62M EHR Contract Awarded to Epic

Cerner Corp. has filed a protest against rival EHR vendor Epic Systems following an “unfair bidding process and a possible conflict of interest” for a recent IT implementation contract awarded by the University of Illinois (UI) medical center.

NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.