Meaningful Use Stage 3

By Jonah Comstock March 23, 2015
Last week, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced the long-awaited proposed guidelines for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use requirements for electronic health records. On the same day, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released the proposed 2015 certification criteria for EHRs. The standards proposed will be optional through 2017 and mandatory for all...
By Brian Dolan May 30, 2014
What patient generated data used to be and why it is increasingly important Dr. Steven Steinhubl Up until very recently most people have had only one source for the information they could share with their doctors during a visit: How they felt. Observable symptoms, self-reported healthy and unhealthy behaviors, medical conditions or issues that other physicians had diagnosed them with...
By Jonah Comstock March 26, 2014
This time last year, the Gary and Mary West Health Institute released a report calculating that medical device interoperability (via the adoption of open standards) could save the healthcare system about $36 billion. Now the Institute has teamed up with federal government groups and released a new whitepaper, based on an event held last month, detailing how interoperability -- and those savings...
By Brian Dolan March 21, 2014
By Brian Dolan Four years ago a keynote speaker at the American Medical Informatics Association meeting in Washington D.C. made a provocative prediction about the near-future importance of patient generated health data: "I think it's not that bold to say that in five years the kind of things I was showing you are going to put us in a position where the vast majority of information that a doctor...
By Aditi Pai December 11, 2013
To drive medical interoperability, all parties will need to push policy to get things done, Galileo Analytics Cofounder Anna McCollister-Slipp said at the mHealth Summit near Washington DC. McCollister-Slipp was recently appointed to serve on the FDA/ONC HIT Policy Committee’s FDASIA Working Group. "There's some piecemeal policy things that are ongoing that are really critical," McCollister-Slipp...
By Jonah Comstock December 4, 2013
WellDoc's technology has previously been integrated with a hospital's EHR during a pilot. Eight healthcare and technology industry groups have sent a letter to the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC), in the Department of Health and Human Services, asking that Meaningful Use Stage 3 guidelines include a requirement that electronic health records make use of patient generated data from remote...
By Neil Versel April 1, 2013
Early Monday morning, RunKeeper, maker of the popular fitness tracker app of the same name, tweeted, "We're revealing a real treat today: RunKeeper for iPad! Check it out!" and included links to both a blog post and a dedicated page on the company website. "We're always trying to do more to make running and getting in shape easier and more intuitive," the post says. "In the process, we've...
By Neil Versel January 24, 2013
Have you seen all the pushback of late against the direction of the "meaningful use" EHR incentive program and EHRs in general? The year started with the publication of a RAND Corp. study in Health Affairs cautioning that health IT had fallen far short of its potential so far. Notably, EHR design and implementation problems, a lack of interoperability and continued reluctance among providers to...

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