Features

Despite all the questions and concerns surrounding the usability and interoperability of health IT, innovative, forward-thinking care delivery organizations are taking on the challenge of getting more out of their electronic tools.

Medical informaticists realized long ago the importance of information technology in improving the quality and safety of healthcare and were working on this long before the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report “To Err is Human.”

With all of the regulatory initiatives facing physicians, Ronald Dixon, MD, set out to find a way to increase clinicians’ efficiency without sacrificing quality of care.

The movement is on to achieve the triple aim of better health, improved outcomes and lower costs—and effective care coordination for patients at home helps achieves all three.

Surveys indicate widespread dissatisfaction plus there are EHR failure stories in the news all the time.

The prognosis for health information exchanges (HIEs) is anyone’s guess.

Presentations, roundtables and discussions at the 24th AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium in Ojai, Calif., dove deep into the health IT topics that present the biggest challenges for today’s CMIOs: Meaningful Use and ICD-10.

As the federal government looks toward more detailed and stringent requirements for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program, most healthcare organizations still struggle to meet the objectives of Stage 2.

We asked for innovative projects that are helping healthcare providers achieve the triple aim and you delivered. We selected the top five entries for our first annual CIT Accelerator Awards.

Finally! That seems to be the most common reaction to the proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) that would let providers use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for the Meaningful Use reporting period in 2014.

Some of us have been publicly calling for relief in the timelines of the Meaningful Use program since it was created by ARRA in 2009. The recently proposed program changes are thus welcome.  Do they go far enough?

Electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) and clinical decision support (CDS) share many similarities and common requirements, all with the goal of improving healthcare quality.