Healthcare Technology Archive

ONC Funding for EHR Adoption

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is highly committed to the HITECH Act as it is diligently providing technical support to critical access and rural hospitals for the seamless implementation of EHR systems. In line with that commitment, the ONC recently provided an additional $12 million in funding to 48 regional extension

MTBC Presents Webinar on “‘Meaningful Use’ Demystified: How to Start Earning Your $44,000+ Bonus Now”

On Wednesday, February 9, 2011, MTBC hosted a free webinar entitled “‘Meaningful Use’ Demystified:  How to Start Earning Your $44,000+ Bonus Now.”  The hour-long information session was presented by Muhammad Chebli, Vice President of Information Technology for MTBC.   Mr. Chebli provided a comprehensive, step-by-step breakdown of how to “meaningfully use” EHR technology in order to qualify

EHR Incentive Program Portal

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System portal is now functional and is expected to bring great revolution in the healthcare IT industry. This portal enables eligible hospitals and physicians to meet stage 1 “meaningful use” criteria. The registration process has already begun in many states in the first week of

ONC’s Final Rule for Permanent Certification Program

The final rule for the establishment of a permanent certification program for health information technology is has been released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. It will be used to permit organizations to declare electronic health records (EHRs) technology. The details of the permanent certification program are as follows: Organizations

The Leading Trends in Health Information Privacy for the New Year

With the dawn of 2011, new trends are emerging with respect to healthcare privacy and the use of technology. Medical and healthcare experts predict that with the advent of huge patient information databases and digital files, the confidentiality of protected health information (PHI) will be increasingly at risk. Illegal access to information, violation of privacy

Clinical Decision Support Systems – A Step Towards Automated Imaging

According to the January issue of the Journal of American College of Radiology, a research study was recently conducted showing that inadequate medical imaging can be decreased by the proper use of Clinical Decision Support Systems (DSS). A clinical decision support system is normally used to aid decision making at the ordering end of imaging

AMA Develops New Models of Healthcare to Ultimately Benefit Patients and the Healthcare System

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently has developed a plan to encourage competition and innovation in order to benefit patients and the healthcare system.  The AMA calls its model of patient care the Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and at the heart of these ACOs will be physicians, removing the need for consolidation under a hospital

Survey Shows Healthcare Providers Are Not Ready to Achieve Meaningful Use

According to the 2011 Black Book Ranking’s user survey, an estimated 90% of healthcare providers that have purchased EMR technology are already astray in meeting their goals for achieving “meaningful use.”  The user survey ranked the top EMR vendors for 2011 on a basis of key performance indicators, one of which was “meaningful use.” About

The White House Urges Standards for Health Information Exchange

In a White House report published on December 8th, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) advocated the adoption of standards (i.e., a universal exchange language) to enable healthcare providers to exchange patient health information in real-time.  The White House urged the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for

CCHIT to Launch Custom EHR Certification for Hospitals

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has announced that it will launch a new custom EHR certification programs for hospitals on December 15, 2010.  CCHIT is one of three ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies designated by the government. CCHIT’s EACH program (EHR Alternative Certification for Hospitals) will be used to test and certify