The Department of Defense began accepting bids Monday for the coveted contract to replace and modernize its EHR system.
Once again, the Meaningful Use program is suffering from a disconnect between aspiration and reality.
This time it's patient engagement.
"Patient engagement" is one of the big buzz phrases of the moment, perhaps even eclipsing "interoperability." Patient engagement is a large part of Meaningful Use, requiring providers to electronically communicate with a percentage of patients in order to earn the latest round of incentive payments. To that end, a lot of providers are adding patient portals to engage the patients.
But a lot of patients seemingly aren't on the bandwagon yet. Read more...
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Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program will be extended through 2016 for certain providers and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful users of electronic health records in 2011 or 2012 based on a final rule announced today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Improvements need to be made to the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) implementation guidance and elsewhere to facilitate electronic health record queries for patient records for the 2017 edition of certified EHR technology, according to recommendations by the Health IT Standards Committee's Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) power team.
Electronic health records pose an array of dangers for physicians in terms of potential malpractice claims, according to a Medscape article.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has applied the wrong transition factor in calculating the Meaningful Use incentive payments for some hospitals, causing them to receive fewer incentive monies than what they were entitled to, according to an alert from the law firm of King and Spalding.
Electronic health record vendors take note: More than a quarter of physician practices are in the market to replace their EHRs, and others wish they could, according to a new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research.
Cyberinsurance can be instrumental in weathering a security breach of a provider's electronic health record system, but purchasers should review policies carefully since they vary widely, according to attorney Scott Godes, with Barnes & Thornburg in the District of Columbia.
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