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EHR interoperability solution offered by key IT panels

By Joseph Conn  |  October 16, 2014

Two key federally chartered health information technology advisory panels are recommending what would amount to, if implemented, a major paradigm shift in how health information is exchanged between providers and other data users, as well as in how it is accessed by patients.

ONC report confirms struggles on EHR interoperability

By Darius Tahir  |  October 09, 2014

Healthcare information-sharing is largely stuck in neutral, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's annual report on electronic health-record adoption, released Thursday.

Interoperability proving more elusive than once thought

By U.S. News & World Report  |  October 08, 2014

Interoperability of health information systems is a centerpiece of Stage 2 of the federal meaningful-use incentive program for electronic health records—a phase that began a full year ago for some hospitals—but as the thousands of providers struggling to make the jump from Stage 1 are...

CMS reopens application process for meaningful-use hardship exemption

CMS reopens application process for meaningful-use hardship exemption

By Darius Tahir  |  October 07, 2014

The CMS on Tuesday reopened its hardship exemption application for providers and hospitals, allowing applicants who claim they have certain unavoidable hardships to avoid financial penalties stemming from not complying with the agency's meaningful-use requirements for electronic health records.

Radiology being transformed by cloud, proponents say

Radiology being transformed by cloud, proponents say

By Darius Tahir  |  October 04, 2014

If digital cloud technology proponents have their way, the field of radiology will be transformed, with major changes in who does the work of reading images, and where and how it's done.

CMS urged to fix meaningful-use program flaw, prevent penalties

CMS urged to fix meaningful-use program flaw, prevent penalties

By Joseph Conn  |  September 22, 2014

Two members of Congress and the Medical Group Management Association are calling on the CMS to address a programming problem that threatens to saddle some physicians and other eligible professionals with Medicare payment penalties in 2015.

House bill answers providers' anxiety over EHR reporting

House bill answers providers' anxiety over EHR reporting

By Joseph Conn  |  September 17, 2014

With pressure mounting on HHS to make it easier for physicians and hospitals to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records, two U.S. House members have introduced a bill that would allow providers to use a 90-day reporting period in 2015 rather than an entire year.

Heavyweights lead charge for more time on EHR meaningful use

By Joseph Conn  |  September 16, 2014

A host of heavyweight healthcare organizations is calling for HHS to back off of the requirement to meet meaningful-use criteria for all of 2015 for the federally funded electronic health-record incentive payment program, insisting that the future of the program is at stake.

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