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EHR systems

June 2, 2011  12:07 PM

Physician Assistants want a piece of the EHR incentive pot

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
EHR incentive, electronic health record, HITECH Act, Medicaid EHR incentive programs

It's well documented that receiving incentive payments by demonstrating meaningful use is a difficult process. Although it’s difficult, primary care specialties...

June 1, 2011  11:02 AM

E-prescribing rule update open for comments until 7/25

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
CMS, e-prescribing, e-Rx, EHR, EHR incentive, EHRIP, medicaid, medicare

Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today proposed an update to its e-prescribing rule (e-Rx) and opened a public...

May 18, 2011  11:42 AM

CHIME could get its way with CMS on ACO rule

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
accountable care organization, ACO, ATA, CHIME, CMS, EHR implementation, HIE, medicaid, medicare, PQRI, Telemedicine

Whether you agree with the health IT CIOs comprising the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) or not, you've got to give them props for not holding back in their comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the agency's proposed accountable...

May 17, 2011  11:58 AM

One doctor explains productivity losses; sounds off on reality of EHR implementation

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
EHR systems, electronic health records, health information exchange, physician productivity

A study conducted by the Medical Group Management Association suggests that a loss of productivity is the biggest concern among doctors who are switching from

April 27, 2011  12:07 PM

‘Death by PDF’: Don’t kill the messenger

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
data exchange, EHR, EMR, HIPAA, PDF, phr, Regina Holliday

Just in case some readers might consider this a conflict of interest, I'll say it up front: I covered the world of PDF for nine years at, a site affiliated with eWeek. PDFzone's mission was to evaluate PDF document technologies and the market in which they lived, in a...

March 8, 2011  2:56 PM

Calculating the cost of EHR for office-based physicians

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
EHR implementation, meaningful use incentives

Two recent studies in the magazine Health Affairs shed some light on two critical aspects of meaningful use -- the cost of an electronic health record (EHR) implementation for primary care physicians and the overall odds that PCPs and office-based specialists actually will be eligible for...

March 3, 2011  3:24 PM

CMIO role important in achieving meaningful use: CHIME survey

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
CHIME, CMIO, EHR implementation, Meaningful use

Chief nursing information officers aren't the only members of the health IT crew to get kudos in 2011. A recent survey from the College of Healthcare Information Management...

March 1, 2011  1:58 PM

Drummond offers testing of hospital EHR systems

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
EHR certification, hospital information systems

Drummond Group Inc. has prepared guidance for the testing and certification of homegrown hospital electronic health record (EHR) software. The guidance, referred to as the EHR Certification Roadmap for Hospitals, helps...

February 24, 2011  1:45 PM

HIMSS survey: Give it up for the CNIO

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
CNIO, CPOE, EHR, EMR, HIMSS, HIMSS 2011, HIMSS11, Meaningful use, nurse, salary survey

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The chief nursing information officer (CNIO) position is often overlooked among health IT leaders. But just try to implement a new tech initiative in your hospital without a nurse informaticist to help determine the best devices and software to fit your workflow, and to evangelize...

February 10, 2011  4:38 PM

CMS launches listserv for EHR Incentive Program updates

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR incentive program, EHRIP, Health IT, Medicaid EHR incentive programs, medicare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sometimes frustrate the stakeholders in health IT by being vague or even silent when it comes to clarifying the rules of their Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program and meaningful use. Now, however, the agency has opened the doors...

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