Adoption of expensive electronic health record systems may hurt a hospital’s bottom line, despite promises that the new systems will increase efficiencies and lower costs.
Hospital officials were divided in their reactions to news late Thursday that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT had revoked the certification of two electronic health record systems for failure to meet the standards of the Meaningful Use incentive program. read more
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has revoked certifications for two electronic health records, previously certified as products to be used as part of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.
Using a newer electronic health record system with extra guidance for prescribing can reduce prescription error rates over time, according to a study published this month in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association . read more
Despite the White House’s public desire to use open standards to create an integrated electronic health record system to serve both the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, DoD, for years, has resisted such an approach, according to a recently publicized DoD memo. read more
More than 85 percent of eligible hospitals are participating in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, and more than 75 percent have received incentive payments for meaningfully using electronic health record (EHR) technology as of March 2013, according to a fact sheet released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). More than 85 percent of eligible hospitals are participating in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, and more than 75 percent have received incentive payments for meaningfully using electronic health record (EHR) technology as of March 2013, according to a fact sheet read more
Nightingale and HealthFusion Partner to Deliver Electronic Health Record (EHR) Benefits to Customers in Kmart HealthFusion has been selected as the vendor of choice for Nightingale Preventative Care, a Long Island-based primary care center based out of the local Kmart. Nightingale has reported that the Nightingale Kmart clinic is thriving and that it intends to expand its presence across Kmarts nationally. The Emerging Benefits of Electronic Medical Record Use in Community-based Care In Canada, PwC releases a report which suggests that more than $1.3 billion in administrative savings has been realized since Canadian primary care providers began adopting EHRs in 2006
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives believes that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services should extend processes developed under the eRx and Electronic Health Record Incentive Payment programs to accelerate and improve health information exchange and interoperability among providers. read more
The Boston hospitals that have been treating the hundreds of victims of the horrific Boston marathon bombings this week have done a terrific job. They, in turn, have credited technology in helping them communicate to staff , volunteers and the public . I presume that these hospitals also have good electronic health record systems that they can rely on.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that lack of understanding regarding the creation of a joint electronic health record system with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs led him to block DoD from issuing a request for proposals last month.