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EHR certification


May 7, 2015  11:44 AM

Researchers: Stop charging patients for paper copies of records

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
certified EHR technology, EHR, EHR certification

Despite 94% of hospitals in the United States having already adopted a certified EHR system, many state regulations are still focused on paper records. That's the word from Niam Yaraghi, a fellow at...

March 30, 2015  8:55 AM

Pages and pages of stage 3 rules — and moving on from stage 2; population health’s ties to machine learning; UIs hamstring VNAs

Scott Wallask Scott Wallask Profile: Scott Wallask
athenahealth, CHIME, CMS, EHR certification, meaningful use stage 2, meaningful use stage 3, population health management, Storage and PACS, VNA, Wearable devices

Spring break sure sounds good to me after CMS dropped 700-plus pages of proposed regulatory rules for stage 3 meaningful use and EHR certification for the healthcare IT industry to study up on. Opinions quickly flew around the Web about the most important parts of the proposals. Reporter


October 14, 2014  2:38 PM

Optional 2014 EHR certification criteria up for review

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
2014 EHR Certification, CPOE, EHR certification, EHR standards, ONC

Alterations to the draft version of ONC's 2014 Edition Release 2 EHR Certification Criteria is now open to a public comment period, during which users can offer reviews and feedback on


September 16, 2014  10:56 AM

ONC releases final 2014 EHR certification criteria

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
certified EHR technology, EHR certification, EHR standards, Karen DeSalvo

Providers and technology developers working towards meeting 2014 Edition electronic health record certification standards now have revised and optional criteria to fit into their agendas, after the ONC released a final rule that updates 2014 requirements. The ONC also decided not to wholly adopt...


July 10, 2014  5:10 PM

Tool crunches meaningful use compliance with proposed rule

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
AAFP, EHR, EHR certification, Meaningful use, meaningful use stage 2, ONC

Some IT leaders for healthcare providers wonder what is going to happen this upcoming election season as rumors swirl around the future of meaningful use stage 2. Others, according to


July 8, 2014  1:16 PM

Test of certified EHR systems finds flaws in document exchange process

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
C-CDA, certified EHR technology, EHR certification, meaningful use stage 2

Federal regulators proposed to extend the meaningful use compliance deadline for providers who may still be working to meet stage 2 regulations in 2015. It turns...


May 23, 2014  10:47 AM

Certified EHR technology to gain flexibility from ONC, CMS proposal

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
certified EHR technology, EHR, EHR certification

Beginning late last year, officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) began publicizing their ideas for


May 20, 2014  2:44 PM

ONC renews deal with healthcare technology certification accreditor

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR certification, health IT certification, health IT standards, ONC

Between the ICD-10 delay and EHR certification becoming an annual process, change has ruled the last few months in health IT. A recent announcement may buck that trend and bring some continuity to the healthcare technology certification process.


April 25, 2014  11:01 AM

Adoption and interoperability of EHRs examined in health IT reports

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR adoption, EHR certification, HIMSS Analytics, Interoperability

Though the meaningful use program helped exceed HHS' expectations for EHR adoption in 2013, the lack of interoperability between electronic records has caught the eye of independent assessors and federal health agencies. Meaningful use stages 1 and 2 "fall short of achieving meaningful use in any...


April 9, 2014  11:13 AM

HIMSS Analytics study measures EHR governance programs

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR certification, EHR governance, EHR implementation, HIMSS Analytics

According to study data collected by HIMSS Analytics, 60% of healthcare organizations have a formalized EHR governance program in place. And almost two-thirds of the time, it's not just IT staffers doing the governing: Physicians and nurses are having their say in how the application and its use...


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