"Standards & Certification" Posts

Portrait of Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S.

Meaningful Use Grids: Quick Reference to Navigation

Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. | February 24, 2011

Most days I typically have my nose buried in either the Meaningful Use or Standards and Certification Criteria final rules (in a majority of cases both) searching for answers to questions I’ve received. Finding the right place quickly often proves to be the most difficult challenge. This led me to look for a way to more efficiently find the relevant parts of the rules. With the help of some of my staff, we developed quick reference grids to accomplish this goal.

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Portrait of Carol Bean

Certified EHR/Health IT Products List Now Available

Carol Bean | November 30, 2010

Health care providers who are eligible to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs now have a new tool to help them on their road to meaningful use. As of November, ONC’s official Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) identifies EHR technologies that have been tested and certified as being technically capable of supporting those providers’ achievement of meaningful use based on Stage 1 criteria outlined in HHS rules published on July 28 of this year.

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Portrait of Dr. David Blumenthal

The Future of Health Care and Electronic Records

Dr. David Blumenthal | July 13, 2010

Today, we’ve taken great steps forward in bringing America’s health records into the 21st century. Widespread and meaningful use of fully functional electronic health record systems combined with a robust infrastructure for broad-based health information exchange can improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care for all Americans.

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Portrait of Dr. David Blumenthal

Electronic Health Records (EHR)s Now Permitted By CLIA

Dr. David Blumenthal | March 3, 2010

On March 1, 2010, CMS, in collaboration with ONC, released guidance clarifying that the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) permit labs to electronically exchange lab data and addressing some confusion regarding laboratory data and health IT.  This guidance was put forth in a Survey and Certification letter, including interpretive guidance and frequently asked questions.

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