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June 6, 2013  2:41 PM

Judging meaningful use success by EHR adoption numbers is misleading

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR, EHR adoption, hhs, Meaningful use

To look at the recent EHR adoption numbers from the government, you'd think all is going well in the health IT world. But a couple recent surveys suggest this is not entirely the case. On May 22 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

May 30, 2013  3:52 PM

Mass EHR mandate draws criticism, impact remains unclear

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHRs, health reform, Meaningful use

A lot of doctors don't like being EHR mandates. This is why proponents of the meaningful use program like to argue that the rules are not mandates. Physicians are free to...


May 22, 2013  1:49 PM

I’m not Fake Judy Faulkner on Twitter, and I don’t know who is

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR systems, Epic, Interoperability, Judy Faulkner

Health IT satire is hard. Just ask the Fake Judy Faulkner on Twitter, an account launched earlier this month which has been very quiet lately. For the record, it's not me behind it, and I don't know who is. This blog post is in response to rumors and...


May 2, 2013  11:59 AM

ONC revokes meaningful use certification of EHR products

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR certification, EHR decertification, EHR systems, Farzad Mostashari, ONC

The process of selecting the right EHR vendor to qualify for meaningful use has been long and involved for many healthcare facilities. A recent government ruling may further complicate that process and make providers think twice before they


April 16, 2013  9:31 AM

Sequester cuts 2% from Medicare EHR incentive program payments

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
CMS, EHR, EHR billing, medicaid, medicare

Eligible professionals and hospitals should expect a 2% reduction to Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments for meaningful use of EHRs, the Centers for...


April 2, 2013  11:08 AM

Specialist groups offer support for EHR Improvements Act

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR improvements act, EHR systems, EHR usability

Specialist groups voiced their concern with meaningful use of EHRs criteria by supporting the proposed Electronic Health Records Improvements Act. The bill, supported by 20 groups, seeks to provide specialists with...


March 28, 2013  2:19 PM

EHR adoption may not support clinical studies as proponents hope

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Clinical Documentation, clinical trials, EHR, EHR adoption

Proponents of EHR adoption often talk about how the technology will support clinical trials by making it easier to recruit patients and get them signed up for appropriate studies. By eliminating manual reviews of paper records, EHRs could, in theory, reduce the time clinical trials researchers...


March 22, 2013  12:09 PM

Report says EHRs can be springboarded to clinical data analytics

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
Big Data, CDS and data analytics, Data Mining, EHR implementation, EHR systems, IHT2

Coupling EHRs with new analytics tools and normalizing best big data practices will be key to effectively utilizing big data in the health care industry, an Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2) report concludes. And those best-practices are needed, stat. The


March 20, 2013  3:00 PM

KLAS: Providers need vendors to improve EHR usability, EHR safety

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Cerner, EHR implementation, EHR safety, EHR usability, Epic, KLAS, mckesson, Uncategorized

“As suggested by the new 2014 certification standards, vendors should take more responsibility for both the usability and safety of their products. These responsibilities shouldn’t be the sole purview of healthcare organizations and providers like they have been until now.” So said one...


March 11, 2013  10:18 AM

How will regulators measure the success of meaningful use objectives?

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR implementation, Farzad Mostashari, Kathleen Sebelius, Marilyn Tavenner, Meaningful use

Before National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, M.D., took the stage to deliver his keynote address on the final day of HIMSS 2013, organizers played a prerecorded video message from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She spoke briefly about how to measure the success of health IT...


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