Health IT Pulse:

June, 2010

June 30, 2010  12:01 AM

Meaningful use certification: Later rather than sooner

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger

It's probably no surprise that 80% of health care CIOs surveyed for a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report indicated they are concerned they will not achieve Stage 1

June 29, 2010  2:32 PM

Reflecting on EHR adoption, and other health IT news this week

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
EHR implementation, health IT standards, Meaningful use, medical home

Hardly a week goes by without a health care industry organization issuing a survey or set of poll results suggesting that electronic health record (EHR) adoption remains agonizingly slow. Recent data from Harris Interactive Inc. and athenahealth Inc. suggest several reasons for the

June 29, 2010  9:00 AM

Website details meaningful use incentives as more docs leave Medicare

JeanD Profile: JeanD
EHRs, meaningful use incentives, Medicare payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched a new website aimed at providing information on the meaningful use incentives mandated through the HITECH Act. Providers will be able to find information about their eligibility to participate in the program. The HITECH Act, part of...

June 28, 2010  9:52 AM

ONC planning to issue rule for NHIN standards

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
health IT standards, NHIN, ONC

A notice of proposed rulemaking to oversee Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) standards is on its way. During the June 25 meeting of the...

June 24, 2010  1:29 PM

Medical home model gains popularity in Michigan

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR, medical home, personal health records

Over 1,800 primary care physicians in Michigan have been designated as patient-centered medical homes, by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Michigan, making it the largest PCMH effort in the country. This figure represents a 50% increase in PCMH-designated practices from last year. The medical...

June 23, 2010  12:00 AM

Nurses share their EHR implementation priorities

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR implementation, EMR, nurses, workflow analysis

Time and time again, experts tell us that the best EHR implementation begins before a purchasing decision is made -- by

June 22, 2010  12:38 PM

Overcoming meaningful use obstacles and other health IT news

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR certification, HIE, Meaningful use, personal health records

For some, the road to meaningful use feels more like an unpaved horse trail than a slick, five-lane superhighway. In addition to implementing an electronic health record, or EHR, system, some organizations must also upgrade clinical applications and infrastructure. In the latest...

June 22, 2010  10:15 AM

Doctors, consumers paint a bleak EHR adoption picture

JeanD Profile: JeanD
CPOE, EHRs, electronic health records, Meaningful use

Most people want their providers to have access to health information in electronic health records (EHR) but few patients are tapping those electronic resources themselves, according to a new online poll released June 17 by...

June 18, 2010  12:19 PM

ONC issues final version of temporary EHR certification rule

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued the final rule for its temporary...

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June 17, 2010  2:01 PM

FAQ: How substance abuse confidentiality applies to HIE privacy

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, health information exchange, HIPAA Privacy Rule

One of the biggest concerns people have about national health information exchange (HIE) is the maintenance of patient privacy. Patients who attend drug or...

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