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Monthly Archives: July 2010

The current issue of JAMA has a very interesting commentary by Drs. Singh and Graber highlighting the complex challenges of improving safety concerns in practice with a focus on reducing diagnostic errors (missed, delayed, or incorrect diagnosis).  The authors point out that while EHRs can facilitate the transmission of clinical information, there is no guarantee…

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via www.cms.gov Buried on the CMS site explaining Meaningful Use is a great Tip Sheet responding to some key questions that we’ve been hearing from physicians.  This document is worth reviewing – and you should to get the complete details. However, here are some highlights from the document: 1. Eligible Professionals (EPs) who participate in…

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July 26, 2010 – CCHIT (Certification Commission for Health Information Technology) today released add-on certification criteria and test scripts for Behavioral Health and Dermatology. (Behavioral Health is available as both an add-on to this Ambulatory EHR certification as well as a standalone certification for EHRs used in other outpatient care settings.) For more information, click…

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In the week since the launch of the AmericanEHR Partners website (July 13 – 21, 2010), 69 registered users had already taken the time to complete an EHR Readiness Assessment. (Of these, 9 individuals were existing EHR users and 60 were not yet using an EHR). While not a large sample, (and recognizing that the…

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The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) just published an Issue Brief entitled, “Even When Physicians Adopt E-Prescribing, Use of Advanced Features Lags.”  Since 2009, Medicare has offered financial incentives for successful e-prescribing physicians (see ACP’s summary of the E-Prescribing Incentive Program here and resources on AmericanEHR Partners here). The amount available for 2010…

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There are many comments about the EHR Incentive Program final rule (released on Tuesday) now being posted on the internet.  Here’s a couple of summaries from HealthcareIT News, Wall Street Journal Health Blog, the AMA statement, and, in full disclosure, ACP’s statement.   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has an “official site” for…

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via geekdoctor.blogspot.com For those of you interested in the content, vocabulary and privacy/security standards selected in the meaningful use final rule, Dr. John Halamka summarizes these in his “Life as a Healthcare CIO” blog today. (This post is the personal opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of…

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via content.nejm.org In coordination with the public announcement this morning by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator, the New England Journal of Medicine published a Perspective piece authored by Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health IT. This article provides an overview table of the Objectives and…

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Collaboration will share information and expertise Washington, July 13, 2010 – A new, free interactive website to help medical practices compare, select, and implement electronic health records (EHRs) was launched today by AmericanEHR Partners. Founded by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and its partner, Cientis Technologies, AmericanEHR Partners (www.AmericanEHR.com) brings together professional societies and…

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The July 7th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) included an interesting article by Dr. Richard Baron. In his Commentary, Dr. Baron suggests that some physicians look to the EHR to be simply a better version of the paper chart, in effect, substituting electrons for the paper and pen that clinicians…

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