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Meaningful EHR Use, Meaningful Use Stage 2, and Robotic Glove – Around HealthCare Scene

Posted on September 2, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.


Meaningful Use Stage 2 Final Rule: What You Need to Know—At Least For Now

This is a great summary of meaningful use stage 2. It’s a real practical look at what you should expect from meaningful use stage 2.

A Smart Approach to Medicine and Social Media

Dealing with patients via the Internet and social media may seem daunting. When should it be done, and what limits should be maintained? Katherine Rourke takes ideas from an article about handling social media communication with patients, written by Dr. Vartabedian, and contributes her thoughts as well.

10 Ways to Meaningful EHR Use for Doctors

With the frustration that sometimes comes with implementing an EHR, some doctors may just want to give up. However, beyond that initial frustration, it can be very helpful is the creators keep a few things in mind. This post contains a list of 10 ways developers can do this, created by Rob Lamberts, MD. It includes ideas like allowing e-prescription for all controlled drugs, and requiring all visits to have a simple summary.


A number of really interesting ACO stats. Plus, there’s a great look at who will be driving the ACO. Will it be the payers, physicians or hospitals? This is a challenging question and the battle between the various stakeholders is on.

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Hospitals Adjusting to Meaningful Use Stage 2 Rules

With all the complaints that came with MU Stage 1, there was bound to be many with the release of MU Stage 2 rules. Unfortunately, it is something that cannot really be avoided, just adjusted to. The HIE requirements do, surprisingly, seem to be light. Anne Zieger talks about how hospitals are adjusting, and some thoughts on the recently released rules.

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Robotic Glove That Diagnoses Illnesses: Coming To A Doctor’s Office Near You – #HITsm Chat Discovery

A new invention may create less visits to the doctor’s office. Created by two engineers and a med student at Harvard, the robotic glove supposedly can detect many different illnesses, such as breast cancer or enlarged lymph nodes. It has not been released yet, but it hopefully will eventually reach it’s way to consumers.

Laser Developed to Detect a Person’s Vegetable Intake – #HITsm Chat Discovery

It won’t be hard for doctors to detect a person’s diet soon. A laser has been developed which measures the level of carotenoids present in a person body. The fiber optic probe is placed on a person’s hand, and within seconds, and accurate reading is available. There are many possibilities that arise with this invention – to aiding in studies, to determining whether a person’s diet is contributing to their health problems.

Meaningful Use Stage 2 is Here! Are You Ready?

Posted on March 2, 2012 I Written By

Priya Ramachandran is a Maryland based freelance writer. In a former life, she wrote software code and managed Sarbanes Oxley related audits for IT departments. She now enjoys writing about healthcare, science and technology.

MU Stage 1 has found some slow-moving and grudging acceptance. According to this news brief from Fierce EMR, a good 42% of providers offices have already attested for MU Stage 1, while another 17% plan to attest within the next year. However, there is also a large number – 39% – who have no plans to do so in the near feature.

The reasons cited include changing technological requirements and budgetary concerns. And in the midst of all this drama, CMS is waiting in the wings with Stage 2 Meaningful Use. The Stage 2 Requirements will be published in the Federal Register on March 4 (Here’s a good meaningful use stage 2 summary for providers).

Are we truly ready for MU Part Deux? I’m not sure we are, and I’m not sure that’s the right question to ask. I’m almost giddy with the promise that MU Stage 2 offers – with greater interchange of information, in standardized formats, and public health reporting realizing its full potential. Maybe a few years into the future, I’ll break a leg skiing in the Swiss Alps and my attending physician there will be able to look up my EHR on his local software. I mean Stage 2 doesn’t come with promises of true international portability of data, but getting past Stage 2 will mean we’re that much closer to true health information flow (if we get state exchanges to effectively exchange information or significant benefits to public health reporting, CMS will declare MU Stage 2 a success.)

Even if you think MU is a load of bunk, you can still be an essential part of the process by participating in the comment stage.

Here’s a direct link to MU Stage 2 rundown published by CMS. The document has details on how you can send CMS your comments.

All comments will go on the website. I’m going to be watching that space in the next two months.