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Stage 3 meaningful use draws near: Are organizations ready?
Six years after the HITECH Act set out $30 billion in incentives for healthcare providers to adopt electronic health records, it's clear the federal government's meaningful use program has dramatically shaped the technological development of EHR systems. The cover story in this issue of Pulse looks at the transition from stage 2 meaningful use to stage 3, and why physician practices still struggle with attestation.
Readers will find the following:
• Expert opinion on whether meaningful use efforts have hampered advancements in electronic health records.
• Details about stage 3's prospects as government pressure on attestation softens.
• Advice about six components that should be part of any foundation for healthcare analytics.
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Features in this issue
Paper-based medical record systems aren't gone yet, but they're waning as providers install EHR software and complete meaningful use attestation.
Although no curtain call is planned for meaningful use attestation, it sure looks like stage 3 reporting won't carry the oomph -- or rigidness -- of stage 2.
Most agree that meaningful use has driven the development of EHRs, but vendors complain that this focus has distracted them from improving ease of use.
A successful healthcare analytics strategy combines six important pieces that our expert explains. Also learn pointers on how to carry out this data analytics plan.
News in this issue
Providers won't have to attest to stage 3 meaningful use until 2017. The objectives will hew closely to HHS' new value-based reimbursement approach.
The effect of industry feedback on the Health IT Policy Committee's recommendations for meaningful use stage 3 will soon be evident.