EHR’s and the Future of PHR’s in Public and Private Health
Patients are still slow in adopting personal health records (PHR) for a multitude of reasons. On the private healthcare side, evidence of slow adoption is evident by the fact that Google Health went dark on January 1, 2012. The personal health record did not have “the broad impact that we hoped it would,” wrote Aaron Brown, senior product manager of Google Health.
A lot has been said about usability, whether it’s in regard to EHRs or other healthcare apps. We asked Shahid Shah, software IT analyst and author of the blog The Healthcare IT Guy, to debunk some of the myths and explain some of the realities of health IT usability.
The Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record program has paid more than $2.5 billion to physicians and hospitals in incentive payments for all of 2011, with December contributing to the steep growth curve.
Early EHR Adopters Get a Break; Tougher Criteria Delayed to 2014
Physicians meeting criteria in 2011 to earn federal electronic medical record incentives will have more time before the Dept. of Health and Human Services requires them to satisfy tougher standards for attaining additional bonuses.
Analysis of EHR Adoption Data and Meaningful Use Attestation
Brian Ahier, Health IT Evangelist for Information Systems at Mid-Columbia Medical Center and contributor for Government Health IT, has put together a great article: Analysis of EHR Adoption Data and Meaningful Use Attestation.