EHRs & Meaningful Use

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Latest Headlines wasn't Sebelius' only IT project, just the most high-profile

When U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned last week after five years of service, I wanted to know what members of FierceHealthIT 's Editorial...

DeSalvo unveils plan to transition ONC to 'less siloed' workgroups

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo believes it's time to shake things up a little at ONC. At the April 8 meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee, DeSalvo talked about ONC's priorities moving beyond Meaningful Use; in particular, she laid out plans for transitioning the agency's current workgroups into newer, "less siloed" workgroups.

IOM: Put social, behavioral data in EHRs

Social and behavioral health information should be included in electronic health records to give care providers the most complete patient data about the patient, the Institute of Medicine says in a...

Failed joint EHR project still drawing heat from House defense panel

Lawmakers continue to berate the Department of Defense for its failure to produce an interoperable electronic health records system with the Department of Veterans Affairs--despite spending more than...

Kaiser informatics director: IT must be about continuous quality improvement for nurses

No one IT system is perfect for improving care, according to Ann O'Brien, RN, director of clinical informatics at Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente. Rather, she said, continuous performance improvement should be the primary goal of technology use in healthcare.

David Blumenthal: Benefits of HIT programs will surface with time

An "asymmetry of benefits" for providers has kept the healthcare industry from ubiquitous adoption of health IT--and electronic health records, in particular--and thus realizing its full potential, according to David Blumenthal, former national coordinator for health IT and current president of The Commonwealth Fund.

Memorial Healthcare's Frank Fear: Federal initiatives strain our workforce

For emergency room doctors at Lansing, Mich.-based Memorial Healthcare, the implementation of virtual desktops helped to dramatically improve workflow, according to CIO Frank Fear. In a recent interview with FierceHealthIT, Fear discussed challenges with the virtual desktop rollout, which included personnel needing to focus on federal initiatives like Meaningful Use Stage 2 and ICD-10.

Hospital CIOs: Despite MU hardship exemptions, pressure remains high

Despite the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recently published Meaningful Use hardship exemption guidance, hospital CIOs who serve on  FierceHealthIT 's Editorial Advisory Board said that the incentive program will still put their organizations under tremendous pressure.

CMS amends Meaningful Use hardship exemption to include EHR vendor delays

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday updated language in its hardship exception applications for Fiscal Year 2015 for both eligible hospitals and eligible professionals participating in the Medicare Meaningful Use incentive program. The updates come in the wake of hardship exception flexibility announced Feb. 27 at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla.

CHIME CEO Russell Branzell: Time will tell if MU hardship flexibility will help

Despite calling the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recent announcement of increased flexibility for hardship exemptions in relation to Meaningful Use Stage 2 "vital relief" for hospital CIOs, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives President and CEO Russell Branzell says that many concerns still remain.