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February 13, 2013
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  • Federal officials make the case for EHR usability
    EHRs need to be usable, benefit doctors and work within the health care facility's systems so as not to waste the investment made on these technologies, officials with the ONC and National Institute of Standards and Technology said at a recent conference. Meaningful use certification and keeping the provider end-user in mind when designing EHRs are some ways to achieve EHR usability, they said. Healthcare IT News (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AHRQ to award grants for stage 3 MU studies
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is set to offer grants of up to $250,000 in support of projects designed to assess the implementation of proposed Stage 3 meaningful use objectives among health providers and facilities. The deadline for applications is March 28, and the projects must be conducted between September 2013 and June 2014. Health Data Management (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study finds HIEs place little focus on workforce needs
    A study by AHIMA and HIMSS finds health information exchanges put a great emphasis on governance but little focus on staffing demands. Of the 35 HIE groups surveyed, 86% had 25 people or less on staff, while only 9% had a staff of at least 51 people. "Deployment and effective use of information technology is complex, challenging work requiring skilled staff," HIMSS official Carla Smith said. Healthcare Informatics online (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal effort aims to extend e-health reach to patients
    A new HHS initiative aims to expand patients' access to EHRs, mobile health applications and devices, and secure electronic messaging between patients and providers, according to an article published in the journal Health Affairs. "Engaged patients ... are more likely than others to participate in preventive and healthy practices, self-manage their conditions and achieve better outcomes," National HIT Coordinator Farzad Mostashari said. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HIT workgroup wants to focus on outcomes measures in stage 3 MU
    An HIT Policy Committee workgroup has started exploring alternative approaches that could make stage 3 meaningful use more focused on outcomes instead of process measures. Workgroup Chairman Dr. Paul Tang said stage 3 might be a good place to pause as providers work to catch up with stage 1 and stage 2 requirements, and that stage 3 could emphasize aspects that need to advance, including patient engagement and interoperability. Healthcare Informatics online (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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