Health IT Pulse:

EHR systems


March 5, 2013  4:11 PM

HIMSS survey shows organizations are striving for stage 2 incentives

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR implementation, EHR incentive, HIMSS, HIMSS 2013, meaningful use incentives

Three-quarters of respondents to the annual HIMSS leadership survey say they expect their organizations qualify for stage 2 meaningful use incentives in 2014. Only 4% said their facility had...

February 22, 2013  2:25 PM

Cerner, McKesson CEOs to hold court at HIMSS 2013

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Cerner, EHR vendor, HIMSS 2013, Interoperability, mckesson

Putting two and two together, we're guessing that we're about 10 days away from the announcement of a historic Cerner-McKesson interoperability agreement. Something's afoot


February 21, 2013  2:27 PM

EHR market to face major disruption before year’s end

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Cerner, EHR vendor, Epic, mckesson, Meaningful use, Vendor selection

The EHR industry could be at a turning point, as a new survey from Black Book Rankings indicates that many current users are unhappy with their systems and are considering swapping vendors. Where the industry goes from there is anyone's guess, but it could have long-lasting implications for the EHR...


January 16, 2013  4:04 PM

HIMSS Analytics stats show meaningful use program is working

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR implementation, HIMSS Analytics, Meaningful use

The research wing of the Health Information Management Systems Society, HIMSS Analytics, released new stats that show the EHR incentive program is doing what it set out to do -- increase adoption of EHR systems among U.S. physicians. This is good news


January 10, 2013  5:00 PM

New study explains why EHR cost savings don’t happen

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR, EHR usability, health care costs, Interoperability, Meaningful use

Electronic health records deliver disappointing returns on investment, according to a new study published in the journal Health Affairs. The reasons why the technology has failed to make a meaningful impact on health care costs...


January 9, 2013  3:06 PM

CMS issues EHR incentive program guidance for specialists, PCPs

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR implementation, EHR incentive program, Meaningful use, meaningful use incentives, meaningful use stage 2

Kicking off the new calendar year that will usher in meaningful use stage 2 for early adopters, CMS has offered clarifications on how to comply with some of the criteria that gets eligible providers (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) paid their


January 2, 2013  5:49 PM

ONC EHR safety plan in the works; public comment sought

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
AHRQ, EHR implementation, EHR safety, ONC, ONC-ACTB

Just before the U.S. health care system went on skeleton crews for the long holiday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT dropped a little policy package under the tree that might seem like an innocent little 39-page PDF, but it could have much larger ramifications for CIOs and the...


December 19, 2012  2:51 PM

ECRI Institute: Mixing up EHR data still top 2013 patient safety risk

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR data, EHR implementation, HIE, ONC, patient safety

"Many care decisions today are based on data in an EHR or other information  system," according to an ECRI Institute report on patient safety risks, "and incorrect data can result in incorrect treatment, potentially resulting in patient harm." "In addition, as EHR data flows through health...


November 27, 2012  12:57 PM

Patient identification errors one of Health IT’s 2013 concerns

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR implementation, Patient ID, Single sign-on, universal patient identifiers

Health IT data mismatches, often caused by mix-ups within electronic health record systems, will be a concern for patients and providers in 2013, according to a report released by the ECRI Institute....


November 20, 2012  1:12 PM

NFL, eClinicalWorks call for EHR conversion

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR implementation, EHR vendors

The National Football League announced they will convert from their paper medical records in a deal with eClinicalWorks, in which they will use the


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