Total Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive payments have topped $653 million, according to a CMS August EHR monthly report.
The federal health IT strategic plan (pdf) for 2011-2015, released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, lists adoption of electronic health records and information exchange as the top goal.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 16:04

Sept.11-17 Named National Health IT Week

President Barack Obama has named Sept. 11-17, 2011 National Health Information Technology Week, according to a White House proclamation.
Forty rural healthcare providers are receiving more than $11.9 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to implement health IT, according to an HHS news release.
Integrating medical devices with electronic medical records and having patient information reviewed by nurses may improve data accuracy in EMRs, according to a white paper (pdf) by iSirona, a medical device integration company.
Despite the bipartisan support for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Meaningful Use Incentive Program, the Budget Control Act of 2011 may cause reductions to the program if the Joint Committee's cost cutting proposal isn't up to snuff, according to a Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society fact sheet (pdf).
The Health IT Standards Committee has established a single set of vocabulary standards and an implementation guide for quality reporting measures such as medications, labs and allergies, according to a Government Health IT report.
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., will receive a grant of more than $3 million from the National Human Genome Research Institute to integrate genomic discoveries into electronic medical records, according to a hospital news release.
A survey of 2,719 family physicians who had electronic health records found that the most satisfying aspect is the ability to customize the system, according to a news release by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
The Office of the National Coordination for Health Information Technology issued an advance notice of proposed metadata standards for electronic health information exchange.
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