HIMSS10 Roundtable Part II: Raise or lower the bar on meaningful use?

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The great thing about the HIMSS10 roundtable that I attended this past Wednesday was that there were great discussions, which means multiple blog entries for me. Read »

HIMSS10 Roundtable Part I: Should EMRs and EHRs get all the attention?

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At HIMSS10 in Atlanta this week, you couldn't escape the topic of meaningful use and ARRA. From keynote addresses and education sessions to exhibit hall and Interoperability Showcase, the "M" word was the buzz word. Not surprisingly, a number of attendees are worried about what these regulations may mean for their healthcare organizations. And there are those attendees who are downright not in favor of the meaningful use requirements. Read »

Meaningful use: More local dialogue required

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I attended the first day of the San Francisco Regional Healthcare Stimulus Exchange National Road Show on Tuesday. Nonstop rain and gusty winds kept a few attendees from showing up, but the group that was there was definitely on a fact-finding mission. 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 »

What to do with homegrown IT solutions

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Sharp Community Medical Group (SCMG), comprising 200 primary care physicians and 500 specialists in private practices in the San Diego area, and Graybill Medical Group, based in Escondido and one of the largest primary care practices in California, are going to develop a patient management and electronic health record systems. They are also developing strategies that will make implementations more efficient and therefore achieve go-live much sooner than traditional software implementations. Read »

EHRs as "predictive medicine"

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By analyzing six years of hospital admissions and emergency room visits for patients over the age of 18, researchers from Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School were able to determine potential domestic abuse victims an average of two years before the actual diagnosis. Read »

H.R. 3014 helps the little guys

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Congress is returning to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, September 8, with healthcare reform staring them in the face. It's been a scorching summer in more ways than one, but there's one piece of legislation that should get a quick pass. Read »

Expanding health IT incentives is a good idea

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The health IT incentives in the federal stimulus package should be expanded to include specialists, small hospitals and safety-net providers, the Meaningful Use Workgroup of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee recommended to the Dept. of Health and Human Services last Friday. Read »

How many organizations does it take to certify EHRs?

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No, that question is not a joke in the vein of "How many fill-in-the-blanks-here does it take to change a light bulb." The answer, which will evolve in the next several months, will determine if the certification process' trustworthiness is worth the increased complexity with the addition of more bodies. Read »