Health IT & HIE News

In a World of EHRs, Should Physician Notes Be Turned Upside-Down?

Healthcare Informatics  (May 8, 2014)

Brian Patty, M.D., vice president and CMIO at the four-hospital, HealthEast Health System, based in St. Paul, Minn., is one of many CMIOs around the U.S. working to improve physician documentation in patient care organizations, for the sake of everyone—physicians, nurses, other clinicians, administrators, and above all, patients. Patty has been in the trenches working with his colleagues at HealthEast to improve the way in which physicians document.  MORE +

Survey Shows Health Info. Exchange is on the Rise

Healthcare IT News  (May 6, 2014)

Despite the often-heard doom and gloom about interoperability, the reality of hospitals engaging in health information exchange appears to be brighter. HIE among U.S. non-federal acute care hospitals has been trending upward since 2008, in fact, and it took some major leaps forward in 2013.   MORE +

EHR Vendors Lag in Stage 2 Upgrades

Healthcare IT News  (May 2, 2014)

Attesting to Stage 2 meaningful use in 2014 may be difficult to come by for small and mid-sized provider groups, with one big reason being the electronic health record vendors' dilatory pace in actually upgrading their systems. "We've seen a ton of progress with EHR adoption since 2010," said Erin Dormaier, program manager for CFMC. "But this year the challenge is the 2014 upgrade."   MORE +

Unprepared EHR Vendors Making MU Thornier for Practices

Medical Practice Insider  (May 1, 2014)

Achieving meaningful use in 2014 will be a substantial challenge for small and midsize practices, primarily because EHR vendors haven't yet upgraded their systems to 2014 criteria. Practices in such a situation would file a hardship extension with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which administers incentive payments under the MU program. An exemption category applies to eligible providers who are unable to implement meaningful use due to 2014 EHR certification delays.  MORE +

ONC Reminds Providers of July 1 Hardship Exception Deadline

EHR Intelligence  (April 23, 2014)

Eligible professionals (EPs) have until July 1, 2014, to submit their applications for a hardship exception to avoid a payment adjustment as a result of failing to demonstrate meaningful use during reporting year 2013, according to a reminder issued by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).   MORE +