Health IT & HIE News

ONC Stepping Up Efforts to Ensure EHRs Perform as Advertised and Provide Price Transparency

Modern Healthcare - subscription may be required to view  (March 25, 2015)

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's new certification rule, released Friday, may signal a new direction for the agency: ensuring that electronic health-record systems perform as advertised. The ONC is proposing a two-pronged approach to achieve that goal. It will increase EHR transparency for providers and will encourage certifying bodies to raise their minimum EHR certification standards. To win certification, the agency now proposes, EHR developers need to disclose more information about the use of their system, including more on the expected method of implementing EHRs and about how much it would cost to make the record perform as certified.   MORE +

Interoperability Key to Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

Health IT Interoperability  (March 23, 2015)

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has released its proposed conclusion to the EHR Incentive Programs with a strong emphasis on data exchange made possible through interoperable certified EHR technology and others forms of health IT. “The flow of information is fundamental to achieving a health system that delivers better care, smarter spending, and healthier people. The steps we are taking today will help to create more transparency on cost and quality information, bring electronic health information to inform care and decision making, and support population health,” HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said in a public statement.  MORE +

Patients Want No-Cost Health Data Exchange, Survey Finds

iHealthBeat  (March 20, 2015)

The majority of U.S. adults say that health care providers should be capable of easily sharing patients' health information and that such data exchange should be available at no cost to patients and providers, according to a new survey. The survey was published by the Society of Participatory Medicine. The poll included responses from 1,011 adults. Overall, 75% of respondents said it is very important that their health care providers be able to share patient health information among themselves. According to the survey, 20% of respondents said they or a family member had experienced difficulties receiving medical treatment because their records could not be shared electronically with other providers.  MORE +

Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule and Certification Criteria Released

Healthcare IT News  (March 20, 2015)

The new Stage 3 Meaningful Use rules proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seek to give providers more flexibility, simplify the program, drive interoperability among electronic health records and put the focus on improved patient outcomes. CMS says the Stage 3 rules are meant to drive better-quality, more cost-effective and coordinated care by improving the way providers are paid and – crucially – bolstering better information sharing. Stage 3 "does three things: It helps simplify the meaningful use program, advances the use of health IT toward our vision for improving health delivery, and further aligns the program with other quality and value programs,” said Patrick Conway, MD, acting principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer at CMS.  MORE +

Stage 2 Helps Boost Hospitals' Reporting of Public Health Data

iHealthBeat  (March 11, 2015)

During 2014, eligible hospitals in Stage 2 of the Medicare meaningful use program significantly increased their electronic reporting of health data to public health agencies and registries, according to the latest data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The data, presented at a Health IT Policy Committee meeting on Tuesday, show that 72% of eligible hospitals reporting to Stage 2 for fiscal year 2014 have reported on all three public health measures.  MORE +