Meditech Makes Meaningful Use More Masochistic

If we’re being honest, and I know we all are because this is the internet, we all have come to terms with the fact that Meaningful Use is one big heavy sigh of frustration.  Healthcare organizations are spending significantly more dollars than what the incentive amounts to and the only silver lining is that the … Continue reading

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New Survey Reveals EHRs Just Don’t Care About Patient Care

Minneapolis, MN|Aug. 27 For the past 3 years, healthcare systems across the U.S. have seen a surge in the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) primarily caused by a government incentive program called the HITECH Act, which is commonly referred to as “Meaningful Use”. However, there has also been a concurrent rise in the level … Continue reading

Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Meditech, Take 2: Dealing with SQL.

How many of you have already achieved Stage 2 for Meaningful Use?  Still working on it, huh?  Shooting for 3rd or 4th quarter?  Don’t worry, you aren’t alone.  Most sites I’ve talked to are relying on Iatric, Acmeware, and Medisolv to take care of all of the Meaningful Use reporting for them.  That’s a shame really, … Continue reading

Achieving Meaningful Use Stage 2 With Meditech and LSS

Remember all that hard work you had to do in building those Clinical Reports for the Clinical Quality Measures in Stage 1?  Yeah, you can throw all that work out the window.  New for Stage 2 MU, Meditech and LSS have agreed that the “Best Practice” for sifting through all the data to report on the … Continue reading

The Future Of Big Data In Healthcare Delivery

Last night I attended a Minnesota HIMSS event reviewing the Quality Measures for Meaningful Use Stage 2.  Much of the content matter was review for those of us who are well entrenched in executing Meaningful Use requirements, but it was a good overview of some of the more technical aspects of how the quality measures … Continue reading

BYO…EHR

Here’s a little something to infest your daydreaming mind with:  What if physicians were allowed to bring their own EHRs to work?  I’m not talking about bringing two tons of Epic or Allscripts wherever you go, but something light that simply allows them to document and communicate with other people and systems as needed.  Physicians … Continue reading

The Era of Legacy EHR Migration? Doubtful.

Legacy EHR: Any EHR that is not internet-dependent.   How many times have we heard that the HIT market is shifting away from “Legacy” systems and towards web and cloud-based products over the past few years?  Quite often, right?  Hospital systems flaunt how they are migrating away from their legacy systems, and numerous vendors will … Continue reading

EHRs: A Habit of Quality Organizations?

If there were awards given out on the amount of delays and procrastination one has when finishing their final master’s project, I think I should get one.  I’m not saying I was the best at it, but at least put me in the top 5%.  Anyway, over the course of the past 9 months I … Continue reading

EHRs and the FDA

File this under your definition of irony:  an iPhone app that turns your phone into a breathalizer with the addition of a small accessory can’t get on the market without FDA approval while the software that medical professionals rely on everyday to check interactions between medications and communicate patient medical information barely has to make … Continue reading

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Final Rule Word Cloud

If you remember, back in the day I created a word cloud of the proposed Meaningful Use Stage 1 rule.  The obvious implications of that visualization were that the government really wanted to dangle lots of money in front of healthcare organizations in order to use EHRs.  Yet, despite initially touting the benefits to the … Continue reading