Industry Divided Over Proposal To Change Meaningful Use Timeline

The health care industry is divided over a proposed rule released earlier this week by CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT that would give providers an additional year to upgrade electronic health record systems to meet reporting requirements for Stage 2 of the Medicare meaningful use program, Modern Healthcare 

Researchers found that data issues related to interoperability and usability can result in preventable patient safety risks

Laboratory professionals are essential to reducing patient safety risks by ensuring patients' electronic health record data are accurate and effective, according to a CDC report, Clinical Innovation & Technology reports (Walsh, Clinical Innovation & Techonology, 5/19).

Seeking Medical Professionals for remote EHR Usability studies

Seeking Medical Professionals for remote EHR usability studies

The Usability People are actively seeking participants in a remote usability studies of several EHR systems.

Qualified participants that complete the study will receive compensation up to a $100 Amazon gift card.

Other studies will be available soon.

Please complete the questionnaire in the URL below to see if you qualify:

www.TheUsabilityPeople.com/participate

Drummond's public comment on 2015 Edition EHR Certification Criterion - § 170.315(g)(3) (Safety-Enhanced Design)

Usability testing for Meaningful Use - Safety-enhanced Design

2015 Edition EHR Certification Criterion
(3) Safety-enhanced design.

User-centered design processes must be applied to each capability an EHR technology includes that is specified in the following certification criteria: § 170.315(a)(1) through (4), (8) through (10), and (18) and (b)(2) and (3).

Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of April 25, 2014

M&A, Financial Reports and Funding

Kaufman Hall, a provider of financial consulting services and software to health care organizations, has acquired Axiom EPM, a vendor of performance management software for the health care industry, for an undisclosed sum...Huron Consulting Group has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Vonlay, a health care technology consulting firm, for an undisclosed sum.

EHRA Raises Concerns About 2015 EHR Certification Criteria

In a letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the Electronic Health Record Association raised concerns about a proposed rule containing voluntary certification criteria for electronic health record systems in 2015, EHR Intelligence re

Study: Low Awareness, Usability Limit Veterans' Blue Button Adoption

Veterans' adoption of the Blue Button tool to access their health information through the Department of Veterans Affairs' personal health record portal is lagging, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, FierceEMR reports (Durben-Hirsch, FierceEMR, 4/23).

Review of Q1 2014 Federal Health IT Activity

by Helen R. Pfister, Susan R. Ingargiola and Dori Glanz, Manatt Health Solutions, iHealthBeat, Monday, April 21, 2014

The federal government continued to implement the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, during the first quarter of 2014.

Highlights

The first quarter of 2014 saw a number of important developments:

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Shortage of Health IT Professionals Imperils Health Care Reform Effort

In an iHealthBeat report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed the implications of the recent dearth of health IT professionals, and what some companies are doing to address it.

By the end of this year, there will be a national shortfall of 51,000 qualified health IT professionals. With the shortage, medical centers have to compete for talent -- particularly in rural areas, where it's harder to attract qualified workers.

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