ONC stepping up efforts to ensure EHRs perform as advertised

By Darius Tahir  |  March 25, 2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's new certification rule, released Friday, may signal a new direction for the agency: ensuring that electronic health-record systems perform as advertised.

EHR vendors study whether they can deliver on Stage 3 demands

By Joseph Conn  |  March 25, 2015

EHR developers are hoping the draft regulations issued Friday prove more flexible and focused than earlier editions that led to delays in software certification and tripped up providers trying to meet the requirements for using the technology.

CMS issues draft Stage 3 rules for EHR incentive program

By Darius Tahir  |  March 20, 2015

Draft regulations the CMS issued Friday would make significant changes to the federal incentive program that requires doctors and hospitals to adopt and meaningfully use EHRs. With some exceptions, hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals would be expected to conform to the rules by...

ONC targets interoperability, privacy in proposed rule

By Joseph Conn  |  March 20, 2015

Electronic health-record interoperability is at the heart of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's half of a two-pronged federal rule-making effort announced Friday.

Federal EHR efforts draw criticism at Senate hearing

By Darius Tahir  |  March 17, 2015

The federal electronic health-record incentive program has produced too few benefits for the cost involved and imposed overly harsh mandates on providers, said senators of both parties during a hearing Tuesday.

Meaningful-use Stage 3 rule expected within days

By Darius Tahir  |  March 16, 2015

A proposed final rule for Stage 3 of the electronic health-record meaningful-use program is expected as soon as Wednesday, an HHS official told Modern Healthcare.

CMS extends meaningful-use deadline, this time for providers

By Darius Tahir  |  February 25, 2015

The CMS, in another show of flexibility on the meaningful-use program, extended the attestation deadline until March 20. That gives eligible providers more time to demonstrate that they have fulfilled the requirements set forth by the EHR incentive program and so avoid penalties.

Federal health IT payments top $28 billion after December surge

By Joseph Conn  |  February 13, 2015

Federal dollars flowing to hospitals, physicians and other eligible healthcare professionals under the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program have topped $28.1 billion, the latest CMS data show.

Guest commentary: Moving healthcare into a new state of openness

Guest commentary: Moving healthcare into a new state of openness

By Dr. John Halamka and Jonathan Bush  |  February 13, 2015

Dr. John Halamka and Athenahealth founder Jonathan Bush say the future of healthcare belongs to social, mobile, analytics and the cloud, and it is time for the healthcare IT industry to embrace these new technologies.

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