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Docs to ONC: Change the EHR certification process

An American Medical Association-led coalition of 35 medical societies, stressing "elevated concern" about the certification of electronic health record systems, has sent a letter to National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo urging ONC to reevaluate its "current trajectory" and recommending changes to the certification process.

EHR decertification strategy will require a careful balancing act

There's a new buzzword in the electronic health record world beginning to gain traction: decertification. So far, only two EHR products, both developed by Santa Fe Springs, California vendor EHRMagic, have had their certification revoked in 2013 for failing to meet the standards of the Meaningful Use program. But now, a number of EHR products may be at risk of decertification, if more momentum builds to decertify those that "proactively" block the sharing of electronic information.

EHRs help pinpoint where children lack immunizations

Electronic health records can be used to pinpoint areas where a significant number of children lack vaccinations, according to a new study from Kaiser Permanente.

ONC: Decertification of info blockers must be 'judicious'

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has shed some light on its position on the decertification of electronic health records that engage in "information blocking," noting that decertification is on the table and that it's looking hard at all of the implications of taking more aggressive action.

EHR change no guarantee for doc satisfaction

Switching electronic health record systems may improve functionality and increase the chances of achieving Meaningful Use, but it may not make physicians any happier about the systems, according to a new survey in Family Practice Management, a journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

HIEs can reduce repeat imaging tests

Providers who participate in a health information exchange are less likely to order duplicative imaging tests, according to a new study in the American Journal of Managed Care.

Contract issues could spell trouble during MU audits

Physicians and hospitals are facing difficulties during Meaningful Use audits because of unanticipated contract issues related to physician's assignment of incentive payment to the employer, according to attorney Matthew Fisher, of Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

Google joins PwC's bid for Pentagon health record contract

Google is the latest bargaining chip in the battle for the Defense Department's contract to modernize its electronic health records system.

Health IT actions of new Congress must be meaningful

Well, that was fast. Only days into the new legislative session, and lawmakers already are swinging at the Meaningful Use program. The Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (FLEX-IT) Act to shorten the...

HHS officials: Meaningful Use attestation on the rise

Nearly 80 percent of hospitals eligible for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use have attested to the incentive program's requirements, according to data presented Jan. 13 at the year's first Health IT Policy Committee Meeting.

 

Eligible hospitals, according to an ONC official, were those that had completed two years of Stage 1 attestation. Read more

Senators call for review of HIEs

Three Republican senators have asked the Government Accountability Office to review the health information exchanges funded by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT.

Reintroduced FLEX-IT Act looks to shorten 2015 MU reporting window

Rep. Renee Ellmers, (R-N.C.), flanked by two Republican and two Democrat co-sponsors, has reintroduced H.R. 270, the Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (FLEX-IT) Act, to shorten the Meaningful Use attestation period in 2015 from 365 to 90 days.

ACP: Clinical documentation in EHRs should be revamped, more 'concise'

Electronic health records can be used to prioritize and improve clinical documentation, according to a new policy position paper from the American College of Physicians published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Post-EHR clinical quality measure performance 'mixed'

Transitioning to electronic health records can improve clinical quality measurement, but not necessarily across all measures and not in the short term, according to a new study in eGEMs (Generating Evidence and Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).

MyMedicalRecords PHR patent ruled invalid

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has thrown out MyMedicalRecords' patent claim against Walgreens and other companies on the grounds that the purported patent is based on an abstract idea and thus patent-ineligible.

Benefits of med students 'tracking' former patients via EHRs outweigh potential harms

Medical students should be allowed to track former patients via electronic health records to improve their training, but only within certain limits and with patient permission, according to a new perspectives article in the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

IBM adds industry advisory group to DoD health record contract bid

IBM and Epic have announced formation of an advisory group of industry experts as part of their bid for the coveted Department of Defense electronic health record contract.

HHS needs to acknowledge the risks of Meaningful Use Stage 3

I'm sure I'm not the only person who wants to know what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' vision of Stage 3 of Meaningful Use looks like.

EHRs can compromise privacy of info between parents, teens

Electronic health records provide many benefits, but they can also threaten the confidentiality of patient health information between parents and their adolescent children, according to a viewpoint article published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

After 'wasting' $4.3 million, Connecticut shutters state HIE

Connecticut's health information exchange, known as Health IT Exchange (HITE-CT), has failed, in large part due to internal mismanagement and bad privacy policies that undermined the public trust, according to Ellen Andrews, executive director of the Connecticut Health Policy Project.