AMA and TMA Comment on ONC Patient Safety Plan

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The Office of the ONC has begun putting together a plan to look and find areas where electronic medical records can cause harm to patients.  Two agencies, the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association have made comments and suggestions.  iHealthBeat has done a nice job providing a summary of the recommendations made by each. Continue reading: AMA and TMA Comment on ONC Patient Safety Plan

HITECH Framework At a Glance On How The Structure Is Organized

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Have you ever wanted a simplistic look at the framework of HITECH?  This is it which is from the website of the Health IT Dashboard where you can find all kind of statistical and other information as it relates to the adoption of medical records through the anticipated goals. Continue reading: HITECH Framework At a Glance On How The Structure Is Organized

Electronic Medical Records Are the New Normal

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By now we all know this is true that is this the new normal,but a little reminder doesn’t hurt once in a while to re-address the benefits as well as the processes of implementing one. Continue reading: Electronic Medical Records Are the New Normal

Greenway Medical Prime Suite EHR First to Receive 2014 ONC HIT Certification

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Greenway was first out the starting gate for their certification as CCHIT just recently announced their ONC authorization shortly after the first of the year.  CCHIT’s new ONC program is open and accepting applications for testing.  The full press release with details is listed below: Continue reading: Greenway Medical Prime Suite EHR First to Receive 2014 ONC HIT Certification

Meaningful Use Part 2, To Portal or Not to Portal And Alternatives

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Medscape today carried a quite an depth look at what’s ahead for Meaningful Use part 2 and lays out some of the areas to where confusion and and stumbling blocks stand to occur.  The article begins with speaking with a doctor who is currently using eClinical Works EMR and how he is already using a patient portal. Continue reading: Meaningful Use Part 2, To Portal or Not to Portal And Alternatives

Adoption of EHR Technologies With 66% Meeting Core Objectives, ONC Report

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Below is one of the charts included in the ONC report giving an update on where the incentives and attesting stands today.  It is broken down into several components but the one listed below gives the story in a short visual version. Continue reading: Adoption of EHR Technologies With 66% Meeting Core Objectives, ONC Report

EHR Incentives Reach $9 Billion States CMS–Over 177 Physicians and Hospitals

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There’s more data to be captured from this recent report in Healthcare IT News,  but you have to consider the move to electronic medical records a real success and with current economic times the figures show the support of the government has been a tremendous asset. Continue reading: EHR Incentives Reach $9 Billion States CMS–Over 177 Physicians and Hospitals

CMS Gives HospitalsIn New York & New Jersey a Deadline Extension for Meaningful Use Attestation

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After hurricane Sandy ravaged the east cost CMS has decided to offer an extension of time for attestation.  The official details are listed below.  Some hospitals are barely up and running again, some with only outpatient services.  Both New York and New Jersey hospitals were hit hard with the storm and flooding. Continue reading: CMS Gives HospitalsIn New York & New Jersey a Deadline Extension for Meaningful Use Attestation

Latest Reports Are Showing About Half the Doctors in the US Are E-prescribing Via Electronic Medical Records

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This certainly makes sense in today’s era of everything being connected to be e-prescribing.  Going back in history just a few years there was a level of separation between EHRs and e-prescribing but not any more.  It would almost be a waste of time to use a medical records system and not include e-prescribing as the data all connects and make life easier.  Many doctors did start out with e-prescribing and then added their medical records system later.  Incentives have been in place since 2010.  Continue reading: Latest Reports Are Showing About Half the Doctors in the US Are E-prescribing Via Electronic Medical Records