Health IT Pulse

Apr 13 2010   12:28PM GMT

Ensuring effective EHR use, and other health IT news this week

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood

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HIMSS Analytics
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As the deadline for achieving meaningful use nears, some electronic health record (EHR) vendors are beginning to guarantee that their products will help providers meet meaningful use criteria.

Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, it means nothing.

Meaningful use criteria haven’t been finalized — and when they are, they will depend on a provider’s overall approach to IT, not just EHR use. With that in mind, these tips for choosing an EHR vendor will help providers sort through those vendor guarantees. Meanwhile, a recent think tank report suggests that IT needs to focus on ensuring effective EHR use instead of implementing EHR in a hurry just to maximize a meaningful use reimbursement.

Catch the rest of last week’s coverage:

PHR services present new frontier for providers As health providers scrutinize IT to ensure compliance with meaningful use, they are considering personal health record services as a way to supplement patient health information.

Federal health IT strategic plan seeks to shape future policy Major themes of the federal health IT strategic plan, which should be finished this fall, include meaningful use, data security and patient education and engagement.

NHIN standards for health data exchange ease physical storage burden Nationwide Health Information Network standards let providers exchange patient records and images electronically, eliminating the need to fill file cabinets.

Single sign-on system key to successful, secure EMR deployment Single sign-on systems give caregivers easy access to clinical applications and make them more likely to embrace EMR systems, one hospital CIO discovered.

The benefits of deploying an application monitoring tool In this video, hear from one CIO who used Compuware’s Vantage application monitoring tool on a portal app through which physicians accessed both patient data and internal workflow data.

New chair brings political IT background to CCHIT Physician Karen Bell has been named chair of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology, effective April 26. Her involvement in health IT public policy was key to her selection.

IPad release has health care buzzing, but questions remain The iPad release has doctors excited, and its potential to change patient education and communication is clear, but without apps it’s not a game-changer for health IT — yet.

HIMSS Analytics study reveals gaps in patient data security The report, entitled “Security of Patient Data,” found that providers are taking a reactive, rather than proactive, approach to data security breaches and seem to be more focused on what do to if a breach occurs, rather than what they can do to prevent one.

Obama open government initiative steers NHIN Direct’s crowdsourcing President Barack Obama’s open government philosophy manifests itself in the crowdsourcing of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) Direct standard.

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