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April, 2011


April 14, 2011  1:00 PM

Delay of meaningful use stage 2 roll out a possibility



Posted by: JeanD
EHR, electronic health records, Meaningful use

Health care IT stakeholders leading the creation of meaningful use criteria are pondering whether to delay the start of stage 2 as the ramifications of electronic health record (EHR) implementation begin to sink in.

Members of the meaningful use...

April 13, 2011  12:00 PM

On your marks, get set, attest: Medicare EHR incentive program begins



Posted by: DonFluckinger
attestation, Meaningful use, medicaid, medicare, medicare EHR incentive program

Those who can attest to meeting Stage 1 meaningful use criteria for a 90-day span, congratulations! If you've had your act together since January 1, you could be in the first group to claim money through...


April 12, 2011  12:54 PM

Examining patient portal functionality



Posted by: Beastwood
patient engagement, PHR

Last week I tried to use my primary care physician's patient portal for the first time. The server was down, so I couldn't log in. I was disappointed....


April 8, 2011  11:32 AM

Mostashari replaces Blumenthal as national coordinator



Posted by: Beastwood
Beacon Community, David Blumenthal, Farzad Mostashari, HIE, Meaningful use, ONC, REC

Dr. Farzad Mostashari is the new national coordinator for health information technology, the Department of Health & Human Services has announced. He replaces


April 7, 2011  11:56 AM

Family physicians get their own national clinical data repository



Posted by: DonFluckinger

One of the more vexing issues in the national push for electronic health record (EHR) systems is that of getting solo physicians and small group practices to realize the quality gains to be made from analyzing the newly searchable patient data that's been freshly liberated from paper. In large...


April 6, 2011  12:31 PM

Mind the gap: Between meaningful use criteria and accountable care orgs



Posted by: AnneSteciw
accountable care organizations, electronic health records, Meaningful use, patient centered medical home

Last week, the Department of Health & Human Services released its 429-page proposed rule for accountable care organizations (ACOs). The proposed rule includes a number of references to the meaningful use of electronic health...


April 4, 2011  11:48 AM

Trying to take a patient portal for a test drive



Posted by: Beastwood
patient engagement, PHR

The patient portal is one of the cornerstones of 21st-century doctor-patient communication. Plus, with meaningful use requiring health care providers to give patients electronic access...


April 1, 2011  10:05 AM

CMS official explains the EHR attestation process



Posted by: JeanD
CMS, EHR attestation process, hitech, HITECH Act

Providers may begin the attestation process for receiving electronic health record incentive payments April 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced.


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