Meaningful use is dead (long live meaningful use)

Morning eHealth

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CMS overhauls meaningful use EHR program, removes redundancies

Mobi Health News

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma on Tuesday announced changes to overhaul the meaningful use EHR incentive program, including equipping patients with access to their electronic health records on the day they leave the hospital

Cassidy proposes meaningful use, other changes

Morning eHealth

athenahealth’s Jonathan Bush admits to assault of ex-wife — Puerto Rico’s hurricane death toll larger than originally tallied

CR contains telehealth, ACO, meaningful use goodies

Morning eHealth

Soon-Shiong will be new LA Times owner — FDA gets comments on clinical decision support

CMS rebrands Meaningful Use, reduces reporting measures

FierceHealthIT

The Trump administration maintained its focus on reduced reporting burdens and greater price transparency as part of its annual Medicare payment proposal. Hospitals were generally supportive of the proposal, but are pushing back on mandatory technology upgrades

Meaningful Use Education Module: Transitions of Care

Medicine and Technology

What do you know about Stage 2 Meaningful Use around Transitions of Care? CMS education meaningful use ONC

How Patient Portals Can Do Much More for Healthcare Quality and Costs – Part 1

HitPoint Blog

The implementation of Meaningful Use sent providers scrambling to implement patient portals to provide patients access to their health information — AND to reap the program’s financial incentives. And so only about 20 percent of patients actually use portals, Mary Pratt writes in Medical Economics, and lack of vision, poor design and insufficient functionality are big reasons. ” and “How well does my doctor’s office support my use of the portal?”

Albert Oriol, CIO, Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

Culture Interviews Leadership/Staff Management Meaningful Use Mentoring Patient Engagement Telemedicine Albert Oriol Rady Children's Hospital

CMS’ Proposed PI Rule Changes Is A Good Start, But Does It Address Enough?

Electronic Health Reporter

Federal healthcare organizations, such as CMS, have spent billions of dollars over the years trying to bridge the gap between medical data and quality patient care with interoperability requirements and data integration, the mesh used to try and bridge the gap.

CMS launches new initiatives to expand patient access to health data, plans ‘complete overhaul’ of Meaningful Use

FierceHealthIT

The agency also plans to overhaul the Meaningful Use program to place more emphasis on interoperability Seema Verma announced two new initiatives from CMS aimed at giving patients access to their health data by opening up claims data to app developers.

Healthcare Roundup—Flu cases on the decline; CMS to overhaul Meaningful Use

FierceHealthIT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season has peaked; the Joint Commission releases its 2017 sentinel event data; plus more healthcare news from around the web

Three Big Questions for Stage 3 & Patient Engagement

Chilmark Research

For many, the delay of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program evoked a collective sigh of relief, providing a much-needed extra year to focus on the challenging requirements for patient engagement and interoperability.

Sheri Rawlings, CIO, San Juan Regional Medical Center, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

In this interview, Rawlings provides her honest take on Meaningful Use — and why it’s much more challenging for community hospitals, and the strategy she employs when introducing change. LISTEN NOW USING THE PLAYER BELOW OR CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR iTUNES PODCAST FEED. So many of the patients who would use this technology are younger and they’re not chronic patients. Meaningful Use works great if you’re working in a big city with a bunch of organizations in it.

Theresa Meadows, SVP & CIO, Cook Children’s Health Care System, Chapter 1

Health System CIO

LISTEN NOW USING THE PLAYER BELOW OR CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR iTUNES PODCAST FEED. So we’re really excited about what telehealth can bring to that population, and hopefully that will begin to allow more and more use of that technology. We saw Meaningful Use as something we were already striving for before the regulations came out, so for us it’s more about being prepared, and if there are penalties that begin with the Medicaid population, then we will be prepared for that.

Ed Grogan, VP & CIO, Calvert Health System, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

LISTEN NOW USING THE PLAYER BELOW OR CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR iTUNES PODCAST FEED. Gamble: At this point, you’re exchanging information with both the employed and affiliated practices, and NextGen is primarily being used among the employed physician practices? About 25 percent of the providers using the NextGen platform are employed. So we have quite a few independent physicians, one very large practice, and a lot of small practices in the community using it.

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Eric Yablonka, VP & CIO, University of Chicago Medicine, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

In this interview, he talks about the multi-year Phoenix Project at U of C, what it’s like to be work in a translational research environment; and where his team stands with Meaningful Use. LISTEN NOW USING THE PLAYER BELOW OR CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR iTUNES PODCAST FEED. What I mean by that is, as things happen and we have that data on the bus, it allows us to repurpose it and use it in a real-time way.

Randy McCleese, CIO, St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

Claire’s journey from best-of-breed to an integrated system, the organization’s three-pronged approach to Meaningful Use, the ACO path it is pursuing with Bon Secours Health System, and its involvement in the Northern Kentucky RHIO and the Kentucky HIE. LISTEN NOW USING THE PLAYER BELOW OR CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR iTUNES PODCAST FEED. ACOs HIE Meaningful Use Telemedicine Meditech Podcast Randy McCleese St.

Stephen Clark, CIO, Albemarle Health, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

LISTEN NOW USING THE PLAYER BELOW OR CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR iTUNES PODCAST FEED. A lot of larger organizations have a team of people that are dedicated just to focus on Meaningful Use. Meaningful Use Stage 2 Quality Measures Telemedicine Workflow/Usability Albemarle Health Epic Meditech Podcast Stephen ClarkCPOE roadblocks — “The technology gets in the way.” “At-the-elbow

Reflections from the HIMSS/AMDIS Physicians' IT Symposium at #HIMSS13

Medicine and Technology

Let me highlight a few key points and reflections I jotted down as I sat through several presentations about Meaningful Use (MU) and the future of clinical informatics: Health IT is about improving clinical workflow efficiency and patient care. Or, are we putting too much emphasis on achieving Meaningful Use? We've seen many physicians and hospitals achieve Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 1. I am in New Orleans attending the 2013 HIMSS conference.

Doctors should start watching more science fiction. Here’s why.

KevinMD

I expect to turn around from my screen someday, and Arnold will lift me by my throat saying, “You haff not been doing yuh meaningful use.” I often say that electronic health records (EHRs) is like Skynet in the Terminator.

As providers wrap their arms around data exchange, patient engagement tools are the next hurdle

FierceHealthIT

Basic data exchange is getting easier, thanks in part to Meaningful Use, but provider organizations are lagging when it comes to new consumer-centric digital tools, according to a new survey from CHIME

Industry Voices—EHRs causing undue physician burden? Give me a break

FierceHealthIT

The feds have been pounding at physicians for years with the Meaningful Use program, which has been great at gaining EHR adoption and needed digitization of a paper-based industry, but it seems the pendulum has finally hit a wall. Doctors aren't going to like the solution to this problem, though

Three Ways Technology Can Address Healthcare’s Growing Pains

HiTech Answers

The post Three Ways Technology Can Address Healthcare’s Growing Pains appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. By Nancy Pratt - Science and medicine continue to advance at an astonishing rate thanks to technological innovation. We have already seen digital health solutions that promise to transform patient care in our lifetime.

A Look Back on Health IT in 2017

HiTech Answers

The post A Look Back on Health IT in 2017 appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. By Mobile Health Matters - 2017 was a roller-coaster ride for healthcare, marked by exciting innovation, damaging cyberattacks, periods of lulls and disruptive change. Health Information Technology AirStrip Angela Pierce Aparna Bala Mobile Health Matters Nancy Pratt

Streamlining Healthcare Innovation: Working Together to Improve Digital Health Regulations

HiTech Answers

The post Streamlining Healthcare Innovation: Working Together to Improve Digital Health Regulations appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. By Desiree Crawford - This is a watershed moment in healthcare. New technologies are constantly in development to help treat and prevent previously incurable conditions, and improve current processes.

Our 2018 Health IT Wish List

HiTech Answers

The post Our 2018 Health IT Wish List appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. By Mobile Health Matters - The healthcare IT industry enters 2018 with a lot of potential, along with the need to overcome structures that have historically stunted progress. What is on our health IT wish list? Health Information Technology AirStrip Angela Pierce Aparna Bala Health IT Innovation Interoperability Mobile Health Matters Nancy Pratt

Nurse-Physician Collaboration: Harnessing the Power of Health IT to Improve Patient Outcomes

HiTech Answers

The post Nurse-Physician Collaboration: Harnessing the Power of Health IT to Improve Patient Outcomes appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. By Aparna Bala - Most physicians have long enjoyed the benefits of BYOD policies. As health systems focused on ensuring doctors had access to state-of-the-art health IT to monitor their patients when they couldn’t be at the bedside.

EHR vendors target small hospitals as market tightens

Healthcare Guys

With Meaningful Use incentives dried up, EHR vendors are finding some success among smaller hospitals that don’t have the capital for a massive EHR overhaul but need to keep pace with tech advancements. Companies like Athenahealth and Meditech are finding a groove, even with large systems gobbling up hospitals and forcing them to adopt a uniform EHR

Allscripts ramps up Netsmart sale as Q3 losses reach $36M

FierceHealthIT

Net losses reached $36 million but CEO Paul Black insisted the company is well-positioned for a post-Meaningful Use environment that emphasizes value-based care

Back to Basics: Re-Thinking Mobility & Workflow Efficiencies Within the Hospital

HiTech Answers

The post Back to Basics: Re-Thinking Mobility & Workflow Efficiencies Within the Hospital appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. By Nancy Pratt - Care delivery best practices are constantly changing to optimize efficiency and safety, and look considerably different compared to just a decade ago.

Successfully Approaching M&As in Healthcare IT

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The post Successfully Approaching M&As in Healthcare IT appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. By Angela Pierce - Over the past couple of years, there have been around 200 merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in the healthcare IT space, driven by high enterprise value and the sheer size of the industry. 49 deals came together in the first quarter of this year alone.

Patients discharged sooner in hospitals with highest use of electronic health records

Healthcare Guys

hospitals meeting the federal governments measure of meaningful use of electronic health records, patients are discharged nearly four hours earlierapproximately a 3 percent reduction of the average five-day hospital stay.For sicker patients, the benefit was even greater: Those with complex or multiple chronic conditions see up to an additional 0.5

Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – January 2018

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The post Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – January 2018 appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. The thought leaders in our community are good about sharing their thoughts on the issues of today. Here are the top read and shared guest posts of January that we think deserve sharing again.

CMS floats proposal tying medical records sharing to Medicare participation

FierceHealthIT

Buried underneath changes to the Meaningful Use program, a newly proposed hospital payment rule includes the possibility of more stringent requirements that would require providers to share data to participate in the Medicare program. Experts said the agency could also leverage that approach to give TEFCA more teeth

How disparate EHR systems, lack of interoperability contribute to physician stress, burnout

Healthcare Guys

The evolution of the patchwork EHR landscape has been complex, and one expert traces the problem back to meaningful use. Physician burnout is an increasingly common issue in healthcare, and there are a lot of factors that can contribute to it.

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EHR vendors target small hospitals as market tightens

FierceHealthIT

With Meaningful Use incentives dried up, EHR vendors are finding some success among smaller hospitals that don't have the capital for a massive EHR overhaul but need to keep pace with tech advancements. Companies like Athenahealth and Meditech are finding a groove, even with large systems gobbling up hospitals and forcing them to adopt a uniform EHR

How to Innovate without Losing Control

HiTech Answers

The post How to Innovate without Losing Control appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. By Mike Sutter - As the chief innovation officer of Carle Foundation Hospital, my primary responsibility is to find the best cutting-edge technology to help alleviate our physicians’ biggest pain points. This can seem like a daunting task considering the sheer quantity of technologies being produced by innovative vendors to improve the healthcare industry.

Harnessing the Power of Big Data with Digital Health Partnerships

HiTech Answers

The post Harnessing the Power of Big Data with Digital Health Partnerships appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. In today’s digital world, electronic patient data is growing exponentially and moving faster than healthcare organizations can imagine. At the same time, clinicians suffer from information overload, and high-volume and increasingly complex clinical patient loads, alongside dwindling time and resources.

Unifying the Healthcare Assembly Line

Mobile Health Matters

Each provider may use a separate IT system, with each system pulling from various data sources. The launch of Meaningful Use under the Affordable Care Act drove the electronic medical record (EMR) “Gold Rush,” the mass implementation of EMRs in a shift away from paper charts.

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Connect Health Initiative Lauds CMS Digital Health Interoperability Initiative

ConnectedHealth

API should bring two-way capable APIs into the healthcare marketplace to be used across platforms and doctors. CHI applauds CMS’ intent to reexamine meaningful use and consider measures that increase interoperability and penalize data blocking activities. Las Vegas, NV - Today, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced new proposals to promote interoperability in the digital health ecosystem that support greater patient data access.