Follow These Tips into 2015

11-pipers-piping-1Day 11 of our 12 Days of Christmas Posts has us following these Pipers bearing gifts of tips for our successful implementation and use of health IT. From mobile devices to the cloud, from EHRs to secure messaging take another look at these tips we have discussed this year.


From our archives this year:

CMS Tipsheets

From CMS, tipsheets on the EHR Incentive programs:

Medicare EHR Incentive Program Payment Adjustments: What Providers Need to Know – Eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) who are not meaningful users of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology may be affected by the mandated Medicare EHR Incentive Program payment adjustments. Here is what providers need to know.

Patient Electronic Access Tipsheet – The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs encourage patient involvement in their health care. Online access to health information allows patients to make informed decisions about their care and share their most recent clinical information with other health care providers and personal caregivers.

Clinical Decision Support: More Than Just ‘Alerts’ Tipsheet – Clinical decision support, or CDS, is a key functionality of health information technology. When CDS is applied effectively, it increases quality of care, enhances health outcomes, helps to avoid errors and adverse events, improves efficiency, reduces costs, and boosts provider and patient satisfaction.

Stage 2 Data Elements Tipsheet for Eligible Professionals – Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs includes several objectives that require information to be shared with another party. Three of these objectives— Clinical Summary, Patient Electronic Access, and Summary of Care—outline specific data elements needed to meet the objective. While some of the data elements are common between these three objectives, other data elements are individual to each objective.

Public Health Registry Tipsheet – As participants in the EHR Incentive Programs, providers will need to report at least one meaningful use menu objective from the public health list in Stage 1, and in Stage 2 will be required to submit several core objectives. Requirements include submitting data to an immunization registry, submitting data to a syndromic surveillance database, and submitting reportable lab results to a public health agency (for hospitals only).