Posts Tagged HealthIT

Electronic Medical Record Successful Usage –Fact or Figment?

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 | Permalink

Recently Health and Human Services announced that it had exceeded its target of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) implementation by paying more that 50% of ‘Eligible Professionals’ almost $6 billion in incentive payments (with more to come)based on their ‘Meaningful Use’ of EMR systems. All of this effort is an outgrowth of the requirements in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the so-called Stimulus Bill.

Indeed this can be seen as a milestone in the overarching effort to migrate the healthcare industry to EMRs but more importantly introduce interoperability between healthcare parties for EMR transmissions via Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).

Moreover the industry, which is the beneficiary of the incentive payments, has by and large endorsed the program.

But, is this an unqualified success? There do appear to be several considerations that might temper this ‘success’. (more…)

ONC for Health Information Technology “Direct White Pages” Pilot

Friday, March 29th, 2013 | Permalink

A recent Power Point Presentation was made by the ONC for Health Information Technology on a
“Direct White Pages” Pilot

The pilot proposes to address the issue of developing a Provider Directory as one means of implementing messages between users in a ‘Direct’ environment, that is, in an electronic environment.

Since the concept of a Provider Directory in order to implement messaging in an EHR world has been debated for years without (except for a few rare cases) any notable successes, the ONC wants to pilot with the experience of states to develop, in their words, a ‘Direct White Pages’ of Providers.

In order to do this they propose to use as a data collection vehicle state-level Medicaid attestation data, specifically the ‘Direct’ addresses of providers attesting to the State’s EHR incentive program for Medicaid.

Is this a good idea? (more…)

 

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