Interoperability: More to Do

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The ability for hospitals to send and receive electronic information from other care providers – also known as interoperability – is critical to advancing health in America. According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology hospitals are making progress adopting... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Electronic Health Records

Harnessing Information for Better Care

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Having the right information at the right time is one key to improving patient care. That requires interoperable health information technology systems that talk to each other and seamlessly exchange information. Hospitals have made big strides in sharing information – for example, in 2014, nearly nine out... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, leadership

Data Sharing Possible for Patients

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Take a look at an op-ed on interoperability written by Truman Medical Center CIO and Senior Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and Technology Mitzi G. Cardenas. A member of the AHA interoperability working group, Cardenas explains how "the current system nationwide makes information sharing... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, EHRs, Electronic Health Records

CMS's intent to modify Meaningful Use requirements is good news for hospitals

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced that it will explore possible changes to the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program in rulemaking this spring. This is welcome news for hospitals as it would promise much needed flexibility in the meaningful use program. Given that... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, EHRs, Electronic Health Records

Rural hospitals are calling, will Congress listen?

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Today we celebrate National Rural Health Day and the 1,600 small and rural hospitals that show dedication day in and day out to the communities and patients they serve. While we work to advocate for policies in Congress that boost the health of rural America, it is our nation’s rural hospitals and... read more

Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, rural, CAHs, Critical Access Hospitals

A Plea for Flexibility: A Meaningful Use Update

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Today marks the beginning of penalties for hospitals that failed to meet meaningful use benchmarks. The program, aimed to drive adoption of electronic health records, holds promise and important benefits for patients, hospitals and the health care system. Today some hospitals will have a reckoning.... read more

Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records

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