The RAND Report: Are Healthcare and Health IT in a Dysfunctional Relationship?

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Today we hear from Dr. Edmund Billings, Chief Medical Officer from Medshpere systems.  In short he is addressing some different points of view regarding the recently released Rand Report.  Medical records have changed many times since the beginning states and what have we evolved to?  It has been stated many times on the web that the progression of medical records has been leaning more toward the insurer or payer side of the coin and the doctor asks some questions in this area and has a couple ideas open for discussion. Continue reading: The RAND Report: Are Healthcare and Health IT in a Dysfunctional Relationship?

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

AMA Asks CMS and ONC to Hire Outside Company to Review Stimulus Incentives

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The American Medical Association feels that an outside evaluation could give a better look as an outsider versus the internal processes to see if there are areas that require additional attention, modification and so forth. Continue reading: AMA Asks CMS and ONC to Hire Outside Company to Review Stimulus Incentives

ONC Names 4 Groups to Certify EHRs in 2014

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Today in Government Health IT it was announced the ONC has already set up 4 vendors for the Stage 2 of Meaningful Use.  The names will look familiar as they were also in on Stage One which makes sense. Continue reading: ONC Names 4 Groups to Certify EHRs in 2014

A Tale of Two Studies: What are the actual costs of an EHR?

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Today we are featuring an opinion piece written by Edmund Billings, MD, CFO of Medsphere.  The company has been in business since 2002.  The company markets an EMR that was converted from VistA to OpenVista.  They  took the original system from the Veteran’s Administration and created a commercial version of the software suitable for use outside the VA. Here’s a short description of what they do followed by his article about the the high costs of Healthcare IT systems today.  Continue reading: A Tale of Two Studies: What are the actual costs of an EHR?

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

Aprima Medical Software Rescue Plan Working Well With Former Allscripts MyWay EMR Clients

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As we had reported back in November this turned into a legal battle that was finally settled between the 2 companies.  Allscripts offered free upgrades for clients to the new system which is considered an “upgrade” where as Aprima came up with their conversion system to make the transition easier for current users.  As you can read one office only had the MyWay system installed for a couple months when they received the notice.  Continue reading: Aprima Medical Software Rescue Plan Working Well With Former Allscripts MyWay EMR Clients

EHR Incentive Deadline, December 31, 2012 Countdown for First Year Eligibles Is 4 Days

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Feb. 28, 2013 is the deadline for attesting.  There are only 4 days left for the first year eligibles to begin their 90 day reporting period.  Most are probably already deep in here with the incentives; however there are always those who may wait until the last minute thus we thought a friendly reminder could be beneficial to get you to the websites.  Continue reading: EHR Incentive Deadline, December 31, 2012 Countdown for First Year Eligibles Is 4 Days

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

AMA Offers Preparation Advice In Case of CMS Audits for Meaningful Use

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We don’t know exactly what may be required or if actual audits with hospitals and providers will take place, but as a precautionary measure the American Medical Association offers some guidelines and answers as to what you may need should an audit of your incentive funds take place.  Continue reading: AMA Offers Preparation Advice In Case of CMS Audits for Meaningful Use