An update on meaningful use

As you probably know by now, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) includes significant incentives for medical professionals who provide Medicare or Medicaid services and use an electronic medical record (EMR)—but to be eligible, you have to be a “meaningful user”. According to National Health IT Coordinator David Blumenthal, MD, quality measures are at the heart meaingful use.

Mind Your Manners! Etiquette for the Electronic Age

From the heavyset computing devices of Charles Babbage to today’s simple novelty items, electronic devices and gadgets have become smaller, more functional, and more integrated into our daily lives. With mobile phone calls, SMS, and email we are seemingly in constant need to be in touch with other people electronically.

Apollo Health Street and gloStream Announce Partnership to Support gloStream Products

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. – (Business Wire) Apollo Health Street, a provider of world-class information technology to the nation’s healthcare organizations, and gloStream, an electronic medical record and practice management software provider, today announced a new partnership in which Apollo Health Street will make its services available to gloStream’s national network of technology partners.

CMS releases stimulus funding to state Medicaid programs

Medicaid incentives payments for EHR use are one step closer to reality. On September 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to state Medicaid directors announcing that: The CMS will reimburse states for payments they make to health care providers under the federal health IT stimulus program.

Medicare incentive payments for EHR use clarified

As most physicians know by now, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides incentive payments for physicians who treat Medicare patients. Physicians are not required to treat a minimum number of Medicare patients in order to be eligible for the incentive payments.

gloStream Achieves 2008 CCHIT Certification!

gloStream is very proud to have gained this certification, and we’re equally proud that we have achieved full CCHIT certification in 06, 07 and 08 – every year that certification has been offered. This a significant milestone that clearly demonstrates our commitment to developing products that have me the highest standards for functionality, security and interoperability.

Small US Firms the Target of Online Fraud

Organized criminals believed to be based in Eastern Europe are robbing small to midsized US businesses of millions of dollars via an elaborate scheme aided by malicious software . Recent reports reveal that over the past few months, several businesses have fallen victim to unauthorized fund transfers whereby hundreds of thousands of dollars from the businesses’ bank accounts have been transferred to accounts in Europe, and in some cases, to the accounts of willing or unwitting accomplices in the United States.

Canada Legal Update: E-mail Archiving

Canada is in the process of adopting new rules on the retention of electronic records by financial companies—and if affected, you may not have much time to act. The rules are part of proposed National Instrument (NI) 31-103, which will create a new set of nationwide regulations for securities firms, such as asset managers, investment advisers, and dealers.

EMR built on Microsoft Office receives accolades from physicians

Seventy-five percent of physicians still haven’t installed an electronic medical record (EMR)—despite financial incentives do do so. One reason may be the enormity of choosing from the hundreds of EMR solutions on the market. You want a solution that will meet industry standards—and is built on technology guaranteed to be around many years from now.