This section includes coverage of the federal governments EHR incentive program for health care providers under the meaningful use umbrella. Topics include: EHR certification news, incentive attestation updates and lessons learned from medical groups and hospitals seeking to participate.
Five pillars of electronic health record implementation--adoption, standards, privacy/security, incentives, and governance--are required to ensure interoperability, according to Doug Fridsma, M.D., ONC's chief science officer and director of the Office of Science and Technology. Fridsma, a keynote speaker at a Feb. 23 HIMSS14 pre-conference symposia, argued that meaningful use Stages 1 and 2 have helped to promote medical data interoperability but much work remains to be done.
Three major health care provider associations are applauding Medicares decision to conduct at least limited end-to-end testing of ICD-10 this summer, but at the same time reminding the CMS of other concerns with its preparations.
Eligible professionals and hospitals hoping to soon attest to electronic health records meaningful use in 2013 have a little more time to prepare.
The meaningful use workgroup of the HIT Policy Committee recently released a late-stage list of recommendations for Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program, which includes seven proposed new objectives that are not required in Stage 2.
The federal government is building a database to aid in complying with electronic health records meaningful use requirements for exchanging data with public health agencies and registries.
The HIT Policy and Standards Committees, comprised of stakeholders who advise federal agencies on health information technology issues, are looking for some new members.
Are enough safeguards in place when family or friends have authorized access to patient data?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says its Medicare and Pioneer accountable care organization initiatives have saved more than $380 million. However, participants doing well are a distinct minority.
More than 436,000 eligible professionals and hospitals have registered for the electronic health records meaningful use program since it began in 2011, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
UC Davis Health System in Sacramento is notify about 1,800 patients that emails containing protected health information may have been breached after three physicians fell victim to a phishing scam in December.
Five more vendors of electronic health records products have advanced preparations for the 2014 Edition of the EHR meaningful use program by getting new versions of their software certified as meeting one or more functional requirements.
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has stopped its participation as a federal government-deemed certifier of electronic health records products under the EHR meaningful use program.
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn., has notified 858 patients of a breach after their paper records were stolen from the car of a physician.
Six more specific electronic health records products have been certified for meeting some or all requirements of revised Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the meaningful use program, called the 2014 Edition. They include:
The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT is clarifying that ONC-ACBs, which are the designated firms that certify electronic health records products as meeting meaningful use criteria, are authorized to conduct ongoing surveillance of certified systems, and protected information may be accessible.