Another big stakeholder has called for swift issuance of a final rule with fewer restrictions than proposed for attesting to Meaningful Use in 2014.
Why is there disconnect between laboratories and electronic health records?
On one hand, we've got the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lamenting the EHR errors attributable to labs. One of the CDC's lead health scientists has warned that the lack of clinicians' involvement in EHR design--such as differing ways of displaying lab data and the use of inconsistent codes for the same lab tests--are contributing to patient safety issues. This is on the heels of a recent CDC report recommending that lab professionals be more involved in EHR development and implementation, help guide and maintain data integrity and usability of lab data, and be a greater part of improving the quality of healthcare.
On the other hand, pathologists don't seem enthusiastic. Or at least if they're willing to heed the CDC's call and become more involved with EHRs, they don't want to be shackled by the Meaningful Use program in order to do so. Read more...
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