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HIT Standards Committee-Clinical Operations Workgroup Discusses Certain Types of Medical Devices

The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) HIT Standards Committee-Clinical Operations Workgroup met today to discuss barriers and enablers for interoperability with respect to home health and telemonitoring devices.  The intent was to focus on issues such as communications between implants or home monitoring devices and EHRs/PHRs.

Although advanced diagnostic imaging issues were not under consideration, representatives of the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), a trade association for medical imaging device manufacturers under the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), participated on the “Device Security and Data Security” panel.  The MITA speakers discussed security lessons learned by imaging device manufacturers that could be applied to other medical device industries. Other participants on the panel included representatives of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 215 and Kaiser Permanente, Healthcare Security Alliance.

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Categories: EHR, meaningful use
  1. May 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Great summary Michael thknas. As a veteran EHR user, I think the final rule (while obviously not perfect what reg is?) allows for veteran EHR users to easily meet Stage 1 of MU (which is what one would expect), and more importantly, that new users could see Stage 1 as attainable with some work by the end of 2012 (which still allows for the maximum $44K per physician via Medicare incentives).The final rule for Stage 1 is set and I think it would be a waste of energy to argue on what is now history (remember, there are more people who see the final rule for Stage 1 as being too lenient for docs so even if this could be reopened, that might not be a good thing). Rather, I think the time is right for those of our colleagues who are not yet using an EHR in their practices to begin the looking process utilizing the advice from our partner site AmericanEHR.com While an EHR is not for everyone I think that most internists will find that a good one not only improves quality and safety of care it helps to prepare us for success in any of the new internist-friendly payment models that are on the new term horizon (such as the Patient-Centered Medical Home).

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