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 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.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for HIT have introduced the Designated Test EHR Program, to support exchange of summary of care documents among disparate electronic health records systems under Stage 2 of the meaningful use program.
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Ga., has notified 6,777 patients after an unencrypted desktop computer went missing from a clinic.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is seeking applicant organizations to be the next ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA), which vets other companies that want to certify electronic health records products under the meaningful use program.
Edgepark Medical Supplies in Twinsburg, Ohio, is notifying approximately 4,200 customers that their protected health information was accessed after malware was introduced to its Web servers.
Six more software vendors in recent weeks had specific electronic health records products certified for meeting some or all requirements of revised Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the meaningful use program, called the 2014 Edition.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in late December inadvertently mailed more than 48,000 Medicaid cards for children to the wrong addresses.
Riverside Medical Group, a large group practice of Newport News, Va.-based Riverside Health System, is offering 919 patients credit and identity theft monitoring services after discovering a licensed professional nurse had inappropriately accessed their electronic health records during the past four years.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will hold its annual meeting January 23-24 in Washington. Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the new national coordinator, starts her duties on Jan. 13.
Six more software vendors recently had electronic health records products 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:
Stephen Imrie, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon in solo practice in San Jose, is offering about 8,900 patients a year of identity protection services from AllClearID after a password protected laptop was stolen from his home in September.