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Is HITECH Working? #3: ONC got it right on the 3 major policy interpretations: Meaningful Use, Certification, Standards

We concluded our last post in this series with a blunt prediction that “key physicians will sit on the sidelines” and that clinician non-adoption of EHR technology is a potential “deal-breaker for the success of HITECH”. While this might sound like a criticism of the way HITECH has been implemented, it’s not intended that way — it’s a [...]

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Is HITECH Working? #2: Key physicians will sit on the sidelines (at least for now).

(click on any of the above graphics to be linked to the orginal source) by Vince Kuraitis JD, MBA and David C. Kibbe MD, MBA In the previous post in this series on “Is HITECH Working?”, we straightforwardly noted that hospitals are playing in the HITECH game. The issue of whether physicians will play is MUCH [...]

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Is HITECH Working? #1: Hospitals are grumbling but are playing in the game; success is not guaranteed.

by Vince Kuraitis JD, MBA and David C. Kibbe MD, MBA  The rationale for hospitals having to play in the HITECH game is straightforward: the financial carrots through 2015 are helpful, and the financial sticks after 2015 will be very painful. We’ll discuss: Financial Impacts on Hospitals Survey Data Showing Hospitals Will Play Why Success is Not Guaranteed Financial [...]

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A Compendium of Perspectives on the HITECH Certification NPRM

Just the Facts  Certification Programs NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) Health IT, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services; March 2, 2010 Certification NPRM Facts-At-A-Glance FAQ   Bookmarked version of Certification NPRM (much easier to navigate) U. S. Department of Health and Human Services; March 2, 2010 Via OCCAM Practice Management blog, March 3, [...]

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John Halamka’s Stunning 180: “Dogs and Cats Should Live in Harmony”

The King of the Cats has just acknowledged that indeed cats and dogs should co-exist peacefully. Dr. John Halamka — Vice Chair of the HIT Standards Committee of the ONC and one of the most vocal and influential figures in health IT — writes a blog post this morning entitled “The Genius of AND”. Halamka reasonably summarizes [...]

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CCHIT’s Latest Gambit

by Glen Laffel MD, PhD Many of us have enjoyed a few good minutes of fun having our fortunes told by soothsayers who claim they can predict our future based on patterns of tea leaves in a cup or the playing cards we’ve pulled from a deck. We pay a few dollars for the entertainment [...]

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HIT Policy Committee Recommends “Minimum” Certification of EHRs

At last Friday’s meeting, the HIT Policy Committee adopted the recommendations of the Certification and Adoption Workgroup. Between the initial recommendations in July and the adopted recommendations in August, one critical word was added to the definition of “certification”.  That one word is “minimum” — and this one word expresses the correct approach and philosophy for the government’s role [...]

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Time for EHRs to Become Plug-and-Play

by David C. Kibbe MD, MBA The remarkable report, “Initial Lessons From the First National Demonstration Project on Practice Transformation to a Patient-Centered Medical Home,” published in the May/June issue of Annals of Family Medicine, the Nutting Report, makes this point about the state of primary care IT offerings: Technology needed in a PCMH is [...]

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Markle v. HIMSS: Differing Views of “Meaningful Use” and “Certification”

            The forthcoming definition of the “meaningful use” of health information technology will set the direction of the Obama administration’s strategy for health IT adoption, said David Blumenthal, the new national coordinator for health IT. Government HealthIT, April 28, 2009 …but not everyone sees eye-to-eye on the definitions of “meaningful use” and [...]

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