What will the role of state and local health departments be in 2020? Chief Public Health Strategist? State and local health departments are facing growing challenges, including infectious disease threats such as Ebola; a rising burden of chronic illness and an increasingly diverse population. At the same time, fiscal constraints accompanying the 2007–2008 recession and its aftermath hammered local, state, and territorial health agencies, which lost nearly 30,000 jobs—6 percent to 12 ... Read more...

Timely data is difficult to obtain for urban public health departments Timely data is difficult to obtain for urban (and rural) public health departmentsWith federal meaningful use Electronic Health Record (EHR) mandates, and connectivity via the Health Information Exchange (HIE), real time data should be available to all public health departments. In an ideal connected world, all public health departments and health agencies would be collecting data and sharing de-identified data to rid the world of infectious and ... Read more...

Reporting period to demonstrate meaningful use stage ends December 31st 2014 – are you ready? meaningful use stage ends December 31st 2014 – are you ready?December 31 marks the end of the last possible 90-day reporting period as the 2014 EHR incentive period ends. This means that October 3rd was the last day for eligible professionals to begin a 90-day reporting period to demonstrate meaningful use. If you are in the midst of collecting data for the 90-day reporting period ... Read more...

A ten-year road trip for Meaningful Use. Where will it lead? Interoperability has always been the long term goal for Electronic Health Record (EHR) use, but like most things, it is often better to start with the basic structure and grow into it. Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 1 implemented the basics of an EHR System using structured data capture and sharing, and now Stage 2 incorporates ... Read more...

Five things to look for in an EHR to make it easy to get meaningful use incentive $s? five things to look for in EHR to get your meaningful use moneyIn other posts we described meaningful use and Nine easy steps to get your meaningful use $s. Here we describe the key steps to selecting an EHR which will make it easy for you to get Meaningful Use (MU) incentive $s.   Certified EHR: Make sure the EHR you get is certified as “Complete EHR” and not ... Read more...

Nine easy steps to get your meaningful use $s   The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has already paid $23.7 billion for EHR adoption incentives. Don’t be left out; here are some steps to guide you through the application process and get the EHR incentives you qualify for.       If you’re just getting started, remember… Check your eligibility for the EHR incentives. Choose a program: Medicaid or ... Read more...