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Colorado Public Radio
(November 30, 2012)
If you’ve been to the doctor lately, you’ve probably seen them using a computer. The number of Colorado physicians using electronic medical records has roughly doubled the last six months. A lot of that has to do with the federal government offering them incentive payments to go digital. Doctors can get up to $63,000 for making the switch from paper records. But CPR Health Reporter Eric Whitney says the transition is proving to be a bumpy ride for some.
Government Health IT
(November 19, 2012)
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released its request for public comment, seeking to get feedback on the direction for draft recommendations for measures that providers will perform to meet meaningful use Stage 3 requirements. The Health IT Policy Committee, which advises ONC, has developed the Stage 3 recommendations that aim to promote an emerging team-based model of care that will focus on improving patient outcomes and population health when it takes effect in 2016.
Healthcare IT News
(November 14, 2012)
Health care IT takes center stage at the Radiological Society of North America’s 98th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting this year, with two plenary sessions devoted to meaningful use and health IT. Paul J. Chang, MD, an industry expert and keynote presenter at the conference, talked about why radiology will have to re-engineer itself in order to be relevant in a fast-changing healthcare realm.
(November 12, 2012)
Health care quality and efficiency could move forward 20 years in a matter of months if only there were true interoperability of electronic health information, according to a noted critic of the health IT industry. In the opinion of University of Pennsylvania sociologist Ross Koppel, interoperability would help unlock "rich, extraordinary data that would make medicine more wonderful."
(November 7, 2012)
President Obama's re-election on Tuesday night suggests that the current trajectory of federal health IT initiatives is likely to continue. In 2009, Obama signed the federal economic stimulus package, which authorized Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments for health care providers who demonstrate "Meaningful Use" of certified electronic health record systems (EHRs). The federal government already has started awarding meaningful use payments to eligible hospitals and health care providers. In fact, more than $7.7 billion has been paid out as of October 2012.