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CMS Proposes Stage Two of Meaningful Use RequirementsEHR in the News

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released proposed requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 2 certification during the HIMSS12 conference on February 24, 2012.  

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have published the second set of requirements for healthcare providers who are participating in Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The proposed rules will require participating healthcare providers to use EHR to give patients access to their health information, and they set new goals for the electronic exchange of health information between providers. They also identify additional criteria for the certification of EHR technology.

With these new requirements, CMS has proposed that Stage One of Meaningful Use be extended. Providers will need to adopt the second stage of Meaningful Use requirements in 2014 instead of in 2013. CMS also specified that providers who fail to demonstrate Meaningful Use will face Medicare payment adjustments beginning in 2015.

CMS is looking for feedback on the proposed rules and encourages anyone giving feedback to share not only what people have concerns about but also what people like about the rules.  The 60-day comment period for the rules will open on March 7, 2012, following publication in the Federal Register.

New Research Shows Hospitals Using Advanced EHR Enjoy Advanced Benefits

A February 2012 survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics and The Advisory Board Company is the first to report results from hospitals with advanced Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). 

HIMSS Analytics and the Advisory Board found that hospitals using advanced EHR systems have achieved substantial benefits in the areas of clinical quality, patient safety and operational efficiency. The report, called “EMR Benefits and Benefit Realization Methods of Stage 6 and 7 Hospitals,” shows that advanced EHR systems have been able to target specific clinical objectives and improve performance in those areas. Hospitals and health systems that participated in the study most commonly reported improvements in the areas of adverse drug effect reduction, patient safety indicators and venous thromboembolism and congestive heart failure metrics. The report also showed that participating hospitals experienced a number of operational and administrative benefits as well.

HP Forms Healthcare Alliance Program

HP announced the creation of the HP Healthcare Alliance at this year’s HIMSS12 conference.

HP representatives said the goal is to give partner software providers an easy way to bring innovative healthcare solutions to the market and to support those solutions with the reliability of HP hardware. The Healthcare Alliance will unite independent software vendors, like Quest Diagnostics and Care360 EHR®, with HP to offer customers a wide range of end-to-end healthcare solutions. Partners will collaborate to develop products that combine software solutions with hardware and specialized equipment such as medical carts, digital signage and clinical reference technology.

To learn more about HP’s partnership with Quest Diagnostics, visit the Care360 website.


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