Stage 2 patient engagement should be voluntary during MU sorting-out process

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT don't seem to get a break these days, do they? This year so far has been pretty hectic...

Clinicians create own customized alerts with new CDS tool

A new approach to clinical decision support (CDS) will allow physicians and others to craft their own CDS rules based on their personal experiences with patients, according to an April 13 announcement from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University.

Surescripts launches patient record locator service

Surescripts is taking a new step to increase interoperability, implementing its national record locator service with vendors Epic, eClinicalWorks and Greenway Health to locate patients' electronic records stored in any health care location.

CommonWell Health Alliance to take network national

CommonWell Health Alliance continues to make interoperability more of a reality, announcing that five of its vendor members are going national.

AAFP asks CMS for Meaningful Use audit relief

Meaningful Use audits are becoming an increasing concern to family physicians and need to be addressed, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

MU proposed rule provides 'relief,' but raises new concerns, questions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finally issued its promised reprieve of some of the harsher provisions of the Meaningful Use program, releasing its proposed rule that shortens the attestation period in 2015 from 365 to 90 days and reduces reporting and other burdens.

CMS releases proposed rule on Meaningful Use reporting period

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the proposed rule that would shorten the Meaningful Use attestation period to 90 days for 2015.

Electronic lab reporting to public health agencies surges

Electronic lab reporting has jumped as a result of the Meaningful Use program and is having an impact on public health practice, according to the latest progress report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Privacy of health data sharing worries consumers

The work was based on a 2011-2012 nationally representative survey of 3,924 adults conducted by the National Cancer Institute and published at the Journal of Medical Internet Research Medical Informatics.

Congress is its own roadblock to interoperability

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has received a large number of comments on its draft interoperability road map. Some commenters have praised it; others have offered criticisms....

Practice Fusion launches prescription coupon program

Ambulatory care electronic health record vendor Practice Fusion is offering prescription coupons in its EHRs that physicians can pass on to their patients, the company recently announced.

ONC certification role to expand beyond Meaningful Use

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has shed some light on its position regarding its role in health IT, explaining that the proposed rule modifying its certification program and health IT certification criteria expands beyond the specific focus on the electronic health record incentive programs.

Current patient engagement efforts may not be 'fully baked'

Healthcare organizations are working on increasing patient engagement, but are concerned whether their efforts will be effective in improving clinical outcomes and reducing costs, according to a new study by HIMSS Analytics.

Groups forge ahead with interoperability sans ONC

Stakeholders in health information exchange are not waiting on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's interoperability roadmap; instead they are taking their own steps to improve data sharing among electronic health record systems. 

OIG begins audits of Meaningful Use incentive payments

True to its word, the Office of the Inspector General has begun to audit individual providers to determine if they met the Meaningful Use requirements, according to attorney Daniel Gottlieb, with McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago.

Meaningful Use alignment efforts may drive docs, hospitals apart

There is no doubt that different stakeholders will have varying views about the proposed rule implementing Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program. But ironically, the rule, which is intended to further align two particular groups of stakeholders--physicians and hospitals--may actually drive them away from each other.

Chilmark: Rep. Mike Burgess' interoperability 'discussion draft' heavy handed

Rep. Mike Burgess's "discussion draft" on interoperability, which received much media attention in March but was not made available to the public, is a "heavy handed" way to require interoperability and would entangle the industry in "red tape, reporting and recriminations," according to an article from Chilmark Research.

Docs voice 'disdain' for Meaningful Use Stage 3

A majority of physicians responding to a recently conducted survey believe that they can meet the proposed Stage 3 objectives by the 2018 deadline, but have little love for the program itself.

eClinicalWorks integrates wearables into EHRs

Ambulatory health IT vendor eClinicalWorks can now integrate fitness trackers and other wearables data into its subsidiary health and Online Wellness patient portal product.

Home-grown EHR helps health center control hypertension

Providers in San Diego are showing that electronic health records can help get hypertension under control, even among lower income and uninsured populations.