A push for widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) has become a central part of the national health care debate, but a new study shows that the technology is not equally available to American patients.
Your own doctor’s use of EHRs mostly depends on whether she practices alone or as part of a group or clinic, with group practitioners more likely to adopt the new technology, the researchers found.
But researchers Esther Hing and Catharine Burt also uncovered differences in EHR adoption among the doctors who treat underserved minorities, which they report in the May issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.
To read the complete article please see the Newswise Medical News site here.
Allscripts today announced that Cardinal Health, one of the largest health care distributors in the country, will offer the Allscripts MyWay(TM) Electronic Health Record to its physician customers across the nation.
Surveys indicate 95 percent of physicians in small practices currently do not have an Electronic Health Record (EHR) and would need to adopt one to qualify for a maximum of between $44,000 and $64,000 per physician in new federal incentives. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides for the incentives over five years, beginning in fiscal 2011, for physicians who demonstrate meaningful use of a certified EHR system. Additionally, physicians who have not adopted a certified Electronic Health Record by 2015 will have their Medicare reimbursements reduced by 1 to 3 percent each year.
The addition of the Allscripts MyWay EHR to Cardinal Health’s extensive portfolio of products and services enables the company to serve as a one-stop provider for physician practice’s needs.
“Cardinal Health is committed to helping physicians improve the efficiency of their practices and the quality of the care they provide,” said Kenny Wilson, senior vice president and general manager of Cardinal Health’s Ambulatory Care business. “Our partnership with Allscripts is a great example of how Cardinal Health helps physician practices improve through the use of innovative technologies.”
The Allscripts MyWay EHR is available as both a SaaS (Software as a Service) and on-premise solution, and offers robust capabilities for electronic health, practice management and claims management. The solution is designed to help small physician practices overcome cost and IT complexity barriers.
“Our partnership with Cardinal Health provides a trusted channel to help physician offices enter the electronic healthcare highway cost-effectively and with minimal IT headaches,” said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “As physicians move to take advantage of the stimulus incentives, our focus is on successful adoption and use of electronic health records, not simply acquisition.”
There is a critical element in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that targets funds for Federally-Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHCs). An FQHC is an organization defined by the Medicare and Medicaid statutes that receives funding under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. FQHCs provide primary care services for all age groups and provide preventive health services on site to some of the country’s most vulnerable populations, and they are an important part of this country’s primary care delivery system.
Please read the rest of this excellent article at the Health Care Blog to better understand the still to be defined rules and how they relate to non-CCHIT systems. To read the entire article click here.
The HIT Policy Committee will hold its first meeting May 11 in Washington D.C. The HIT Standards Committee will hold its inaugural meeting on May 15, also in Washington D.C. Instructions on how to access the meetings and participate in person or on the web can be found at Brian Ahier’s Healthcare IT blog here.
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA – The ECRI Institute, a nonprofit research firm based in Plymouth Meeting, Penn., has released its top 10 list of health technologies for hospital c-suite executives for 2009.
ECRI compiled the list taking into account the convergence of critical economic, patient safety, reimbursement, and regulatory pressures that hospitals face today.
“Prioritizing is a tough but essential job for executives who face a squeeze on their capital budgets, insistent demand from clinicians concerned with patient care and personal income and the well-being and strategic directions of their institutions,” said Jeffrey C. Lerner, president and CEO of the ECRI Institute. “This difficult-to-compile ranking of 10 critical technologies will help them to pay close attention to technologies and issues that have a significant impact.”
To read the complete article as well as the list of ten top technologies please see the HealthcareItNews website here.
Paper records remain the prevalent avenue of documentation in the majority of today’s provider offices and hospitals. Although most providers have experienced increased use of electronic medical records (EMRs), the abundance of paper records creates a challenging “paper/electronic” hybrid world as it adds a number of risks including increasing the time to release of information and litigation requests.
Having a hybrid record means health information management (HIM) professionals must spend more time compiling records. If a requester asks for documents that exist in both paper and electronic formats, the HIM professional must determine where those documents are located and find them in their respective systems before they can fulfill the request.
To read the complete article at the advanceweb.com site please go here.
Quick — how much federal-government money has been earmarked for electronic health records: $360 million? $3.6 billion? $36 billion? $360 billion? (Anyone for $3.6 trillion?)
We are in a time when incomprehensibly large dollar amounts are being tossed around like coins into a wishing well, and after a while the mind can start to blur a bit — is there really that much difference between $360 million and $3.6 billion? After all, it’s only a matter of one decimal point, right?
So it was quite a shock to hear about the EHR success story of Adena Health System in rural southern Ohio, where CIO Marcus Bost and his team have helped make the two-hospital, 300-bed system one of the most successful EHR implementations in the country.
To read the rest of this great article you can go to the Information Week website here.
Healthcare providers are antsy to start working toward becoming “meaningful users” of electronic health record technology so that they can claim some of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s financial incentives when they become available in fiscal year 2011 and 2012. While providers wait for the government’s definition of “meaningful use” of EHR technology, which ultimately is the only definition that matters, they did receive some guidance this past week as just about every association and industry group released their own definition of what meaningful use should include.
For a breakdown and summary of the recommendations by CHIME, AHIMA, AMIA, HIMSS and the Markle Foundation please see the Health Leaders Media website here.
The purpose of this study is to reassess the projected rate of Electronic Health Record (EHR) diffusion and examine how the federal government’s efforts to promote the use of EHR technology have influenced physicians’ willingness to adopt such systems. The study recreates and extends the analyses conducted by Ford et al. (1) The two periods examined come before and after the U.S. Federal Government’s concerted activity to promote EHR adoption.
For the complete results of the study please see the ICMCC Website here.