US House Leaders Reaction To Stage 2 Meaningful Use Final Rule
Leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives wrote a letter to the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday, October 4, 2012. The letter clearly states that HHS should suspend incentive payments to providers in the electronic health records program and delay penalties to those that do not integrate health IT until the federal department can define clear, interoperable standards.
Six Reasons Congressmen Call To End Meaningful Use Payments Is a Bad Idea
Timing being everything and all, the four policymakers who on Oct. 4 sent a letter asking HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to stop distributing meaningful use incentives probably should have attended the Oct. 3 Bipartisan Policy Center event instead.
Study Reveals EHR Technology Linked to Higher Quality Patient Care
The findings of a new study underscore the positive correlation between high quality care in physician practices and the use of electronic health records (EHRs). Experts say the study is one of the first to examine and subsequently validate the clinical value of EHRs.
The federal government may have delayed the start of Stage 2 of meaningful use by a year, to 2014, but that does not mean healthcare providers should relax in their pursuit of the intended goals of the EHR incentive program, namely better, safer healthcare at lower cost.
The Chicago-based Certification Commission for Health Information Technology will test and certify the computer systems used by health information exchange organizations and the users of those products as part of a plan for a public-private version of the proposed Nationwide Health Information Network.
Some 71 percent of U.S. hospitals plan to purchase new health information exchange (HIE)solutions, according to findings from the new “2012 U.S. Health Information Exchange Study” released back on Friday, September 14, 2012.
As its name may suggest, “the cloud” is a mysterious yet increasingly ubiquitous presence in all parts of life. Realistically, its definition is simple: cloud computing takes advantage of economies of scale and resource pooling to provide massive amounts of storage and computing power to any users who sign up for the service.
Patient-Doctor Communication Streamlined With Mobile Apps
Much has been said about today’s mobile apps, whether it’s their ability to empower the patient or create a more portable practice for physicians. Yet, according to Michael Nusbaum, MD, founder of mobile application MedXCom, one of the most beneficial aspects of mobile applications could very well be better communication between doctor and patient.
ONC Chief Says There’s More To Healthcare Reform Than Just Health IT
The U.S. is making strong and fast headway on the adoption of electronic health records, but technology is not enough on its own to reform the nation’s healthcare, said National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari at a recent event in Washington, D.C.
Highlights Of ONC Chief Address At CHIME 2012 Fall CIO Forum
Health information exchange, patient participation and population management are the three pillars of meaningful use of health information technology going forward, Dr. Farzad Mostashari said in a keynote speech and pep talk.