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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.