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Meaningful Use: One Health System’s Journey

While most hospitals are focused on CMS’s release of the draft Stage 2 rules for Meaningful Use last week, now seems a good time to take a look back at how one health system managed to succeed with Stage 1. After all, more than half of all hospitals have yet to attest to Stage 1. Summa Health System, where I work as lead quality and clinical analyst, is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio, serving more than 1 million patients each year in comprehensive acute, critical, emergency, outpatient and long-term/home-care settings. Summa includes eight hospitals, more than 1,500 physicians and 11,000 employees overall. Nationally renowned for excellence in patient care, Summa implemented the Sunrise Acute Care Electronic Health Record (EHR) from Allscripts in 2003.  (Editor’s Note: Steve Shaha, Ph.D. wrote last week about Summa’s success using Sunrise […]

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Stage Two: Let the Debate Begin!

Many of us who are close to healthcare IT regulation will soon be heads-down reviewing, analyzing and generally mulling over the Proposed Rule on Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program, now that CMS is set to release it.  On top of late nights and a headache or two, there is one other thing we’re bracing for: the Great Debate as to whether CMS – with significant input from others – did a good job or missed the mark.  No matter what is in the Rule, some will argue that the proposed measures are too difficult, while others will insist CMS didn’t go far enough.  It’s clear we can expect significant back-and-forth on the appropriate balance of the Rule’s many elements – the thresholds, the quality measures, the requirements for data connectivity, privacy elements, and how best to measure patient engagement in […]