Providers Size Up the Stage 2 Challenge to Involve Patients

It seems that every deadline and compliance date for health I.T. leaders is just around the corner. And unfortunately, they are, including the start of the Stage 2 EHR meaningful use program. The beginning of the 2014 federal fiscal year (in October 2013) is when hospitals need to have their ducks in a row to apply for Stage 2 payments. The application period for physicians and other eligible professionals opens January 2014 (for more on attestation and reporting periods, see sidebar, page 32).

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So let's trash this portal idea as its to work now. If CMS wants it, let them build a secure database storage so that when I finish a EHR note it automatically goes there. That way the cost and time to build HIEs goes away along with each medical practice acting as a public database with all the costs and risks to maintain it.

Consider how easy it would be for all pts. to go to ONE database and learn just ONE way of accessing their data. Then being we are a mobile society Pts. and Emergency Dept. could access their data and not worry if HUBS are connected. We all ready have a HUB its call the INTERNET is the govt too stupid to use it!

Then here's a novel idea, with the time DOCs save not collecting data, emailing pts. and teaching computer skills we may use the most secure way of communicating with pts. having time to TALK to them. Is anyone, Mr. President, smart enough to fix this and stop wasting healthcare dollars on MU2, hubs, committees, and paperpushing????
Posted by mackley | Saturday, December 01 2012 at 9:13AM ET
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