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CCHIT Remains the Only Certifying
Body for EHRs—But Not for Long

Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

During the Health IT Policy Committee meeting held this past Friday, the panel approved the Certification/Adoption Workgroup's recommendations that multiple organizations should be deemed certifying agencies for electronic heath record systems, as opposed to a single organization. In the interim, however, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology will lead the way in mapping out the certification criteria based on the HIT Policy Committee's recommendations outlined in the "meaningful use" matrix. [Read More]
August 18, 2009
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The first wireless pacemaker was implemented in the U.S. this past month. The device communicates with a home monitoring device that relays the information gathered to the physician's office. The device can alert physicians if it detects any irregular heartbeats, which may help prevent life-threatening problems. When the patient does come in to see the physician, the device enables the doctor to spend more time focusing on the patient's needs rather than gathering diagnostic information. [Read More]

What will U.S. healthcare look like in 2015?
Researchers at CSC, a global consulting firm, attempt to answer that question in this report, which focuses on five areas—cost, coverage, capacity, expectations, and health information technology. For instance, the report says that while the HITECH Act provides some incentives to promote the adoption of EHRs, it will not be sufficient to overcome all of the obstacles of implementation. Healthcare organizations that choose not to take advantage of the HITECH Act, however, risk not being able to respond to the next era of accountable care and finance reform, the report concludes. [Read More]

Ten steps to better healthcare
Atul Gawande, Donald Berwick, Elliott Fisher, and Mark McClellan pulled lessons from 10 regions—out of 74—that boast per capita Medicare costs that are low or markedly declining in rank and where federal quality measures are above average for this New York Times commentary. One of the lessons learned came from physicians and hospital leaders in Cedar Rapids, IA, where they adopted electronic systems to improve communication among physicians after they determined that 52,000 CAT scans were ordered for a community of 300,000 people in just one year. Cedar Rapid's rate of CAT scans was actually better than the national average, which is about 62 million CAT scans for 300 million people annually. [Read More]

Finances, EHRs Top Challenges for Practices
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OCR Names HIPAA Privacy and Security Delegates
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