The Most Comprehensive EHR Dataset is Now Available

After working with 5 different datasets published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the most comprehensive dataset on EHR use, incentive payments, provider demographics, EHR vendor information and more is now available for download on my website. This new dataset contains the following information: Continue reading…

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…

Why MU alone won’t get us there…

For those of you that are familiar with the Electronic Health Record (EHR) world, you know about ARRA, HITECH and Meaningful Use. If so, you know that Meaningful Use is meant to give practitioners incentives to switch their charting to digital. And while Meaningful Use at it’s core has a very humanistic and futuristic spirit, it’s implementation via monetary incentives alone removes from some of it’s core purpose: increasing positive patient outcomes and decreasing cost. While Meaningful Use (MU) is and should be a clear principal player in the move toward modernizing health care, this concept alone is not enough to get us there. Here’s why:

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