Meaningful Use

IT IS WORKING! Industry Seeing Gains in EHR Usability and Safety

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Usability improvements that could enhance patient safety are occurring in electronic health record systems, but not at an acceptable pace and not necessarily for the expected reasons or even the right ones, some industry gurus and researchers report.

May 7: ONC 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria Webinar

ONC invites you to hear from the experts about the proposed 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria rule. At 2:00 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 7, ONC will host a detailed session on the proposed 2015 Edition rule.

During this webinar you will get an overview of the components of the 2015 Edition proposed rule; a summary of the differences between previous editions of certification criteria and certification policies and the 2015 Edition proposed rule; and important milestones and timelines related to the proposed rule.

ONC: Health IT Adoption, Use Has Improved Patient Safety

The increased adoption of electronic health records and other health IT has improved patient safety, according to an issue brief by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Health IT Analytics reports (Bresnick, Health IT Analytics, 4/28).

JAMA study: HITECH Helped Promote EHR Use, but Usability Issues Remain

While the recent push to adopt health IT systems has helped to improve care and reduce costs, issues with usability and interoperability require further federal attention, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, FierceHealthIT rep

Proposed Expansion of the Safety-Enhanced Design requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 3

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Click here for Update: The Final Rule for the 2015 edition certification has been released.

On page 191 of the 431 page document from ONC about the proposed changes to the Meaningful Use program for Stage 3, ONC begins to identify several significant changes to the Safety-enhanced Design (a.k.a.usability) testing requirements.

Senators Question HITECH Act's Effect on Care Quality, Costs

In a Health Affairs blog post, a group of Republican senators write, "There is inconclusive evidence that the [HITECH ACT] has achieved its goals of increasing efficiency, reducing costs and improving the quality of care."

Doctors Raise Concerns About EHR Certification, Call for Changes

A coalition of 35 medical societies led by the American Medical Association sent a letter to National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo calling for major changes to the meaningful use electronic health record certification program, The Hill reports.

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