Archive for March, 2011

What is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 “Meaningful Use” Certification for Electronic Medical Records?

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

This certification qualifies EMRs/EHRs as capable of supporting eligible providers of EMR systems in the achievement of Meaningful Use for Stage 1 of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

(CCHIT 2011/2012 certification does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments)

So what kind of test or inspection did the EMR system pass?

Certified EMR systems have demonstrated ability to deliver data such as:
Drug-Drug/Drug-Allergy Checks
Drug-Formulary Checks
Problem List
Medication List
Allergy List
Vital Signs
Body Mass Index
Growth Charts
Smoking Status
Incorporate Lab Results
Patient Lists
Medication Reconciliation
Immunization Registries
Public Health Surveillance
Education Resources
Automate Measure Calculation
Access Control
Emergency Access
Automatic Log-Off
Audit Log
General Encryption
Encryption when Exchanging Electronic Health Information
Record Demographics
Patient Reminders
Clinical Decision Support
Electronic Copy of Health Information
Timely Access
Clinical Summaries
Exchange Clinical Information and Patient Summary Record
Calculate and Submit Clinical Quality Measures
Adult Weight Screening & Follow-Up
Hypertension: Blood Pressure Measurement
Tobacco Use Assessment and Cessation
Influenza Immunization
Weight Assessment and Counseling
Childhood Immunization Status
Diabetes: LDL Management and Control
Breast Cancer Screening
Colorectal Cancer Screening

EMR/EHR vendors: Are there enough doctors to go around?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

The majority of Electronic Medical Record system makers may find itself in a jam. Why? There may not be enough physicians to support the lasing sustainability of more than 200 EMR/EHR vendors.

Follow the formula based on generally accepted figures: With 640,000 practicing physicians and an average of 1.4 providers per practice, the universe of which to sell widespread EMR systems may become a rapidly shrinking universe. When considering physicians that do not qualify or need a EMR system, those that already have a system and the number of multiple medicaal groups subscribed to a single EHR system, identified sales opportunities are drying up.

The numbers become even more disheartning for EMR vendors when you consider that a lion’s share of top EMR vendors claim a disproportinate number of customers.

The logic forecasting sales projections for EMR systems by EMR vendors quickly reaches a point of failure.