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A Physician's Perspective: Meaningful Use of Health Technology:


December 12, 2010  10:41 PM

How much do physicians care about the “meaningful use” requirements?

Posted by: DrJosephKim
arra, EHR, electronic health record, HITECH, Meaningful use, onc

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. ARRA will fund more than $19 billion for healthcare information technology under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.  How much do...

November 29, 2010  9:15 AM

Certified HIT Product List (CHPL)

Posted by: DrJosephKim
EHR, electronic health record, emr, HITECH

Is your EHR on the Certified HIT Product List (CHPL)? Many physicians who are shopping for EHRs don't even know about the CHPL. If you're planning on leveraging the financial incentives outlined in the HITECH Act, then make sure to get an EHR that's...

November 23, 2010  10:37 PM

Complete EHR vs. EHR Module certification

Posted by: DrJosephKim

It seems like there's a considerable amount of confusion between "complete EHR certification" vs. "EHR module certification." To add to the confusion, people are still using the phrase EMR instead of EHR. For the sake of simplicity, I'll stick with EHR since that's the phrase the government likes...

November 19, 2010  9:21 PM

Are patients eager to have you switch to an EHR?

Posted by: DrJosephKim
EHR, electronic health record

Have your patients been asking you about electronic health records (EHRs)? Maybe you treat patients who wish they could have access to ePrescribing, computerized medication refills, and online appointment scheduling.  Some of your patients may also desire to communicate with you via e-mail or text...

October 18, 2010  1:35 PM

What Does “Meaningful Use” Mean for Doctors?

Posted by: DrJosephKim
EHR, electronic health record, Meaningful use

On Sermo (an online physician community), there is a discussion titled, "What Does “Meaningful Use” Mean for Doctors?" I found it interesting to see so many physicians expressing their opinions about "meaningful use" as they discussed all the different ramifications associated with using an...

October 1, 2010  8:22 AM

The growing need for doctors to understand social media

Posted by: DrJosephKim
EHR, electronic health record, social media

Why aren't doctors embracing social media? Most of them will tell you that they're simply too busy and they don't have the time to "play around the Internet." The majority of doctors who are not engaged in social media do not understand the value of social networking. They haven't created...

September 16, 2010  10:33 PM

One of the best summaries on the “Stage 1 Meaningful Use Standards and Measures”

Posted by: DrJosephKim
EHR, electronic health record, Meaningful use

The other day, I was speaking with a group of physicians about meaningful use. Some asked, "do you need to be using a certified system for stage 1?" Another commented, "I'm so confused about all these standards. How will the government monitor all this activity?" There is a tremendous amount of...

August 30, 2010  2:52 PM

Doctors are confused about meaningful use

Posted by: DrJosephKim
EHR, HITECH, Meaningful use

Whenever I speak to physicians about "meaningful use," I realize that so many of them are very confused about this whole concept. The majority of physicians really aren't keeping up with all the granular details surrounding the meaningful use of electronic health records. Many physicians are not...

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