Do it right the first time when implementing an EHR

By now you’ve heard that implementing an electronic health record (EHR) early is key to success. Not only will you be able to take advantage of all federal financial incentives, you’ll also be up and running before the rush to implement likely hits in 2010 or 2011—and of course, you’ll receive all of the benefits of an EHR sooner.

Providers lagging in IT to meet meaningful use

Most hospitals and hospital-based health care providers have their work cut out for them when it comes to meeting meaningful use requirements of EMRs, according to a new report. In the report, “The State of U.S. Hospitals Relative to Achieving Meaningful Use Measurements,” HIMSS Analytics compared the current state of hospital capabilities according to its own seven-stage EMR adoption model, which it calls EMRAM, and identified a number of implementation gaps.

Why implement an EMR now?

Physician practices that wait until next year to implement an EMR will face a high risk of failing to achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011 and 2012 federal incentives, according to Mark Leavitt, chairman of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.

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.

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.

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.

Meaningful use criteria proposed

Finally, a step forward in the vague standards regarding electronic medical records (EMRs): A government agency has created “meaningful use” recommendations. To be reimbursed for the installation of EMRs under Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), medical professionals must use a “certified” EMR in a “meaningful” way.

US Will Have Digital Health Records In 5 Years Says Obama

US president elect Barack Obama said that after he takes office later this month the government will be investing money to make sure that the health records of all Americans are computerized within the next five years. Read more on Medical News Today…

US president elect Barack Obama said that after he takes office later this month the government will be investing money to make sure that the health records of all Americans are computerized within the next five years.