In what Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) called a "wrap-up session" during a hearing Oct. 1, focused on electronic healthcare records, the health committee chairman outlined five reasons to delay finalizing Stage 3 of Meaningful Use.
Despite the importance of electronic health record interoperability to improving the state of overall care delivered in the U.S., several hurdles remain to get to seamless patient data exchange between providers, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.
The United Kingdom's Care Quality Commission has recommended that the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust be put on "special measures" in large part because of problems the Trust has had in implementing its new Epic electronic health record system.
Calls for Meaningful Use Stage 3 to be delayed are growing, with more than 100 House lawmakers adding their voices to the din.
Physicians will continue to adopt electronic health records even though the Meaningful Use program's funds have "dried up," according to Niam Yaraghi, a fellow at the Brooking Institution's Center for Technology Innovation.
The number of physicians adopting electronic health records continues to rise, with more than eight of 10 ambulatory care physicians using an EHR, according to a data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Switching from a homegrown electronic health record system to a commercial one in a hospital's emergency department greatly increased the frequency of task-switching by physicians, which can have a negative impact on patient safety, according to a study published recently in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that Meaningful Use Stage 3 should be delayed until 2017 and phased in based on the program's success thereafter.
The number of healthcare professionals pleased with their electronic health record systems continues to grow, with a majority of those responding to a new survey saying they either were satisfied or very satisfied with their tools.
The number of providers who changed their electronic health record systems jumped four-fold from 2013 to 2014, according to the latest statistics from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on attestation.