By Bob McNellis – The meeting took place nearly 15 years ago, but I still remember vividly the bold declaration by a former Congressional leader advocating for technological reforms in healthcare. “Paper kills!” he warned. “Paper records are an utterly irrational national security risk.”
Health Systems Advise Financially Struggling Peers to Measure EHR Vendor Value Propositions Against Heavy Brand Influences
Over seven frenzied years of inpatient EHR system implementations, Black Book crowd-surveyed tens of thousands of tech-weary hospital executives and user-level IT staff that withstood at least one broad EHR system switch to reconsider if providers got what they bargained for.
CMS finalizes changes to advance innovation, restore focus on patients. Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program will shift clinicians’ time from completing unnecessary paperwork to providing innovative, high-quality patient care.
ONC and OCR Bolster the Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool with New Features and Improved Functionality
Patients expect not only quality health care to keep them healthy, but also trust that their most sensitive health information will be protected from threats and vulnerabilities that could lead to the compromise of one’s health information.
By William Hersh MD – The era of meaningful use came to a relatively quiet end this summer with the release of the Final Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems rule by CMS this past August.
CMS would like to notify hospitals and vendors that as of September 12, 2018, the Hospital Quality Reporting system is available to accept eCQM data for the Calendar Year (CY) 2018 reporting period.
CMS developed and published the 2019 reporting period electronic clinical quality measure flows for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to the eCQI Resource Center. This is a new resource for eligible hospital and CAH eCQMs for the 2019 reporting period, developed in response to stakeholder feedback.
By Bennett Lauber – The lack of usability of electronic health records (EHRs) and healthcare IT applications, in general, has been in the news again. We’ve heard time and time again that developers need to focus on “Stability,” “Reliability,” “Scalability” and “Interoperability” of systems.
By David Lareau – Long a favorite topic of discussion among health IT insiders, interoperability has finally started to earn the attention of a wider industry audience. To list just two of many possible recent examples…
By William Hersh MD – The last few years have been challenging for the EHR. While the HITECH Act succeeded in transitioning the US healthcare system mostly away from paper, the resulting electronic systems created a number of new problems.
By Tracy Love – Improving stroke outcomes is all about recognizing stroke symptoms FAST and cutting the time between symptom onset and treatment.
By Bennett Lauber – The usability of the system is probably the most important factor in making an informed choice of which EHR to use for your practice. Most every bit of software says that it is easy to use, but how can you choose an EHR that is actually usable?
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