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Overcoming meaningful use obstacles and other health IT news

For some, the road to meaningful use feels more like an unpaved horse trail than a slick, five-lane superhighway. In addition to implementing an electronic health record, or EHR, system, some organizations must also upgrade clinical applications and infrastructure.

In the latest podcast, the CIO of Good Samaritan Hospital, a 232-bed facility in Vincennes, Ind., discusses the technology hurdles his hospital had to face in order to achieve meaningful use.

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Workflow design integral to EHR development, use — Doctors must turn away from the computer screen and toward workflow design to ensure that electronic health record systems are worth using and able to meet meaningful use requirements.

Consumers slow to adopt PHR software — for now — For PHR software to take off, providers need to sell the concept of personal health records and demonstrate their value. Neither is being done, one health care quality advocate says, but there may be hope.

Are the HITECH Act’s meaningful use deadlines realistic? — The CEO of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium presents a sobering look at the reality of achieving the HITECH Act’s meaningful use deadlines.

ONC issues final version of temporary EHR certification rule — The temporary certification rule, which spells out how vendors must get their software tested and certified for meaningful use, is finished.

Newt Gingrich votes for GE Centricity SaaS EHR — GE makes a big splash Tuesday in the ambulatory care market with its Centricity hosted electronic health record.

FAQ: How substance abuse confidentiality applies to HIE privacy — A recently released document provides answers to frequently asked questions about health information exchange privacy and substance abuse confidentiality regulations.

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