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With #FixEHR, AMA fine-tunes its Meaningful Use reboot strategy

The American Medical Association has kicked its fight against poorly operating electronic health records and the Meaningful Use program up a notch, in a rather novel way.

Providers shouldn't bear the brunt of information blocking enforcement

There's been so much support and praise for the 21st Century Cures Act, which sailed through the House July 9, that the American Hospital Association's cautionary note about the legislation's enforcement provisions against information blocking may not be receiving the attention it deserves.

FDA must be cautious about using EHRs for clinical trials

People often lump together all of the federal government as one great big entity. But the different offices of the executive branch don't always work in lock step. They may not even know...

Consensus on interoperability standards may prove elusive

It looks like the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's interoperability roadmap has already hit its first speed bump. The Health IT Standards Committee's Interoperability Standards Advisory task force reported this week on the public comments received on ONC's 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory, the first deliverable in support of the agency's national interoperability roadmap. The results do not appear promising.

Positive news about health information exchange, EHR usability ... and even IT vendors

There's so much bad news about electronic health records, generally, that it's refreshing to read about some positive developments this week. For one, it looks like health information exchanges (HIEs) are finally coming into their own.

Meaningful Use rules should focus more on how vendors protect patient data

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services begins to sort through the comments it's received on the proposed "flexibility" rule softening Stages 1 and 2 of Meaningful Use for...

The public should know which vendors take usability seriously

Many electronic health record studies seem to state the obvious. But every so often, a study delves into new territory and makes one sit up and take notice.

That's how I feel about this new study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association about EHR usability.

Medical malpractice: How EHRs are changing the game

EHRs not only are transforming how healthcare is performed, they're also on the cusp of reshaping the law surrounding that care. Are they the right changes? Or do we need to take a step back and reassess them?

Meaningful Use is not the right model for a telemedicine incentive program

Telemedicine has been receiving a lot of media attention recently, with initiatives in Congress, the Federation of State Medical Board's Interstate Licensure Compact now ready to launch, and more health insurers than ever paying for it. So I'm a bit surprised that a recent proposal published in Telemedicine and e-Health has garnered so little attention, positive or negative.

We need to get to the root of the coordination of care problem

Why is there still such as disconnect between the Meaningful Use program's vision of interoperability and its use in the real world?