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March 14, 2010 Posted by | Benefits, Cost, Electronic health records, health information technology, healthcare, hospitals, insurance, Pension, Plan design, Prevention and Wellness, retirement, Technology | , , , , | Leave a comment

Implementing Meaningful Use

Respondents in a recent study were asked to estimate the change in provider productivity resulting from the implementation of all 25 of the meaningful use criteria, not including the temporary decrease in productivity that occurs with any implementation of a new EHR.   The study found:
  • 67.9 % said that physician productivity will decrease
  • 31% said that physician productivity will decrease more than 10% 
  • 45.9% said that the proposed requirement that 80% of all patient requests for an electronic copy of their health information be fulfilled within 48 hours would be “difficult” or “very difficult” to achieve
  • 53.5% said that the proposed requirement that 10% of all patients be given electronic access to their health information within 96 hours of the information being available would be “difficult” or “very difficult” to achieve
Source: “MGMA data show ‘meaningful use’ requirements will lead to decreased physician productivity unless changed,” MGMA Press Release, March 4, 2010, 

March 11, 2010 Posted by | health information technology, healthcare, Technology | , , | Leave a comment

Rochester, NY RHIO

The Rochester Regional Health Information Organization is kicking off a project to connect area physicians to non-medical patient information.

Working with the Monroe County Office of the Aging, the local RHIO said Tuesday it plans to set up electronic links with area agencies serving seniors to let participating doctors track services provided by agencies including Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc., Catholic Family Services and 48 other area non-profits offering eldercare services.

The network, which is to be built over the next few months, would be the first such network established by any U.S. RHIO. A system developed by PeerPlace Networks LLC, an East Rochester company that has developed software to track patient health status and services, is key to the planned network.

March 2, 2010 Posted by | healthcare, Technology | , , | Leave a comment