EHR Attestations Revisited

About a year ago, I posted a visualization of EMR/EHR attestation numbers from data provided by CMS and the ONC. Almost 16 months later, the attestation landscape hasn’t changed very much. From a geographical perspective, highly populated states continue to have the highest overall percentage attesting organizations (EPs and hospitals). However, keep in mind that these numbers are not adjusted for population size or number of total practices/hospitals per state. The maps below simply portray the yearly proportions of attestations coming from each state (so for each year, we would expect 100% total when adding up all states).

Trends in State Attestation (interactive)

Overall (2011-June 2013), California-based EPs and hospitals have sent in the most number of attestations at 6.83% of the entire set, followed by Florida and Texas at 5.59% and 5.55%. Of the continental states, Alaska, Wyoming and Vermont rank lowest at 0.07%, 0.11% and 0.17% respectively. A notable mention goes to Utah that saw a significant increase in successful attestations, going from 1.36% of total 2012 attestations to 7.77% of total 2013 attestations. Continue reading…

Meaningful Use: CMS Attestations Visualized

In February of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services released a new dataset with information on CMS Meaningful Use Attestation. While most of the data is from 2011, the data available from 2012 can give some great insight as to what we might expect this year from CMS, EHR vendors and EPs alike. Below are some interesting trends taken from the 2011-2012 data.

Trends in State Attestation (interactive)
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The Ten Commandments of EHR Implementation

The other day, I wrote an article giving 7 steps to follow when searching for and implementing an EHR into your practice. Today, I return with The Ten Commandments of EHR Implementation. These commandments should be taken as commitments that you are making to your practice, your staff, and yourself. Keep these in the back of your head as you go through the process of putting your EHR to work! Continue reading…

The Art of EHR Implementation

While each EHR is different in terms of workflow, training, and usage, there are certain steps one can take in order to ensure a successful and smooth transition from paper charts to digital. From my experience working in HealthIT, here are 7 steps I recommend taking when selecting AND implementing an EHR into your practice. This is also the part where I disclose that I do work for an EHR vendor (Mitochon Systems). Continue reading…

Health Information Exchange: The Long Road

In a recent entry in Health Affairs, the Office of the National Coordinator released some information on the strategy for advancing the exchange of health information over the next years. We start with the obvious: most health information today is not shared electronically, with fax and mail still being the major exchange method. Because of this, health information remains largely in the hands of providers, with little to no info following the patient along their path to care. Continue reading…