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During the 2012 ACP annual meeting in New Orleans, I had an opportunity to field and respond to member questions on health IT. A selection of most frequently asked questions and answers are provided for your reference below. EHR Selection I have tried to purchase an EHR system but none of the vendors are returning…

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(Published on behalf of HIMSS) There have been many gains made in the Healthcare Industry in its goal to meet Meaningful Use Stage 1 compliance. New research from HIMSS Analytics reported a 16 percent increase, from 25 to 41 percent in the seven months from February to September 2011, in hospitals being well positioned to…

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Is a pattern emerging with regard to the push towards Meaningful Use of health information technology? In the effort to leverage HITECH to foster rapid change, are shortcuts being taken? What happened to the sequence of identifying objectives, exploring alternatives to achieving those objectives, selecting standards, testing those standards in pilots/demonstrations in practice, and ensuring…

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Last week, the Health Information Technology Policy Committee Meaningful Use Workgroup (HITPC MU WG) held a hearing on Stage 3 of Meaningful Use, followed by a day of discussion among the Workgroup members. I am a member of the HITPC MU WG and found the testimony offered by those invited to speak incredibly helpful and…

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The Health Information Technology Policy Committee Meaningful Use Work Group’s objectives include two measures for which I invite comments from the AmericanEHR community. Under the category of “Engage Patients and Families in Their Care” are these draft objectives for Eligible Professionals (EPs): 1. 10% of patients/families view & download their longitudinal health information; information available to…

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