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Meaningful Use

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Study: Meaningful Use not necessarily associated with quality improvement

Although one of the main goals of the Meaningful Use program is to improve the quality of care, there appears to be "no association" between being a "meaningful user" of electronic health records and the quality of care provided to patients, according to a new study published in  JAMA Internal Medicine.

HIT policy committee approves best practices for proxy access to EHR data

The Health IT policy committee this week gave a green light to recommendations from its privacy and security Tiger Team that empower patient personal representatives (proxies) for adults with view/download/transmit (VDT) permissions for protected health information. Such permissions as they pertain to adolescent patients will be discussed at a future meeting.

Agencies update eCQMs, release new MU measuring tool

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT--in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the National Library of Medicine and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality--has updated the specifications for the eligible hospital 2014 e-Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) finalized in Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program.

CMS releases PQRS, eRx progress report

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a new report on two of its pay-for-reporting incentive programs for eligible professionals (EPs): the Physician Quality Reporting System...

Specialists may have difficulty meeting email thresholds of MU Stage 2

Specialists may have a harder time meeting the patient engagement requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2, according to a study published in the  American Journal of Medical Quality.

HIMSS Analytics: EHR governance efforts lack doc engagement

A lack of physician engagement is one of the biggest challenges for electronic health record governance efforts, according to a HIMSS Analytics study published this week.

HIMSS offers CMS recommendations to facilitate MU Stage 2

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, concerned that providers may struggle to meet the more stringent requirements of Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program, has released recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help the agency maximize the number of successful attesters this year.

Blumenthal interview on EHR use elicits mixed reaction

A recent interview in  The Atlantic  with David Blumenthal, former National Coordinator for Health IT, has generated a flurry of comments from readers weighing in on the role and worth of electronic health records

HIMSS official: 6% of hospitals still use paper records

While more hospitals have implemented electronic health records in the three years since the Meaningful Use program went into effect, there remains a wide disparity in EHR adoption, with hundreds of hospitals still just using paper records, according to HIMSS,  Forbes.com  reports.

EHRs, e-reminders don't impact racial disparities in cancer screening

Despite concerns to the contrary, electronic health records and e-reminders may not necessarily increase treatment disparities between white and non-white patients, at least when it comes to cancer screening, according to a recently published study in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.