How to combat EMR data theft

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As EMRs gain greater adoption, multiple types of fraud resulting from exposure of health data has skyrocketed, according to a report by market research company Javelin Strategy & Research. Read »

CCHIT says IFR on standards and certification may slow adoption rate

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With some standards being dropped and others being added, the Interim Final Rule (IFR) for EHR standards and certification is not aligned with CCHIT's current certification process. If the Final Rule is largely unchanged from the IFR, CCHIT says the new process could slow down the EHR adoption rate. Read »

Should the FDA be tasked with health IT oversight?

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In the last two years, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has received 260 reports of health IT malfunctions, some of which resulted in 44 reported injuries and six deaths. These numbers are prompting FDA officials to call for a federal framework and oversight to ensure patient safety. Read »

Money, training will make a difference in EHR adoption

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The Departments of Health and Human Service and Labor announced last Friday nearly $1 billion in grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for healthcare IT training, regional extension centers (RECs) and health information exchange. Read »

Reducing meaningful use criteria a good move

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The meaningful use workgroup, which reports to HHS' Health IT Policy Committee, recommended a reduction in the number of measures providers would need to meet in order to qualify for federal incentive funds under CMS. From the overall feedback CMS has received since the meaningful use criteria was released at the end of December 2009, it's the right thing to do. Read »

Communication is key as states spend health IT awards

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The Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services announced on Friday nearly $1 billion in grants to states for health IT training, regional extension centers and health information exchange. Read »

The Reporting dilemma

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For the most part, the American Academy of Family Physicians, an advocate for health IT, supports the meaningful use criteria that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released at the end of last year. They have an issue, however, with the reporting requirements of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Read »

Who will join CCHIT as a certification body?

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The Dept. of Health and Human Services published its Interim Final Rule, "Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology," which includes certification criteria for EHRs, in the Federal Register Jan. 13. Now that the standards rules for certification have been updated to align with the meaningful use criteria, when will the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) create a process to recognize certification bodies, which is required by law? Read »

Meaningful use criteria put patient in the center of healthcare delivery

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The proposed rules released by the Dept. of Health and Human Services for achieving meaningful use from EHRs incorporate recommendations made by proponents of information therapy. Read »

Will the Meaningful Use journey become the road not taken?

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Yesterday, Dec. 30, CMS released a tome of proposed regulations for achieving Meaningful Use of EHR systems by providers and hospitals. For those who have been closely following the discussion of meaningful use by health IT industry analysts and experts, the list of requirements is likely not a surprise. Read »