ACR urges restraint before finalizing stage 3 MU rules
January 18, 2013 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR), like other professional healthcare organizations, has recommended to the U.S. government that the meaningful use (MU) financial incentive program be evaluated before stage 3 requirements are issued.
HIMSS Asia seeks speakers for Asia-Pacific conference
January 18, 2013 -- The Asia-Pacific arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Hong Kong Society of Medical Informatics, and the eHealth Consortium of Hong Kong are seeking presentations by healthcare providers, industry leaders, and the healthcare IT vendor community for its summer conference.
Medical societies say 'not so fast' with stage 3 meaningful use
January 17, 2013 -- Major healthcare organizations think the U.S. government may be moving too fast in its "meaningful use" program to convince healthcare providers to adopt electronic records. The groups are recommending that stage 3 requirements be delayed until the effectiveness of the meaningful use program can be evaluated.
HIMSS Analytics reports spike in EHR adoption
January 17, 2013 -- Market research firm HIMSS Analytics has reported a dramatic increase in levels of electronic health record (EHR) adoption by U.S. hospitals, correlating with the "meaningful use" financial incentive program from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Drummond Group offers ONC testing guide
January 17, 2013 -- Information technology software testing and certification firm Drummond Group has published a guide for electronic health record developers about the meaningful use 2014 testing criteria required by the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
CCHIT obtains ONC MU certification
January 16, 2013 -- The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has been authorized by the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to certify electronic health records used to comply with meaningful use (MU) requirements.
M*Modal debuts certification program
January 16, 2013 -- Speech recognition and transcription technology developer M*Modal has launched a new vendor certification program to support the integration of its technology into electronic health records (EHRs) and other healthcare systems.
InfoGard receives ONC authorization
January 15, 2013 -- Information assurance and security company InfoGard Laboratories has been authorized as a U.S. Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).
Sectra adds multisite RIS/PACS installation
January 14, 2013 -- PACS firm Sectra said it has sold an integrated RIS/PACS that includes its breast imaging PACS to Valley Radiology Consultants of San Diego.
CMS issues new meaningful use guidance
January 10, 2013 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided new guidance that clarifies the eligibility of certain radiologists for the "significant hardship" exception added in stage 2 of its meaningful use IT incentive program.