New research shows that most physicians are not meeting the federal "meaningful use" criteria for electronic health records.
By early 2012, few physicians had met meaningful use criteria for electronic health records (EHRs), according to a survey study by Catherine M. DesRoches, Dr PH, from Mathematica Policy Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and colleagues, published online June 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Furthermore, those who did meet criteria had difficulty using computerized systems for panel management tasks (Barclay, 6/3).
We’ve all heard of the summer rock festival Lollapalooza. But how about Health Datapalooza? For two days this week, nearly 2,000 data geeks, entrepreneurs, federal bureaucrats and medical folks will descend on Washington, D.C., hoping to help solve the nation’s healthcare crisis through algorithms and spreadsheets. The health data industry has been called a "health care Silicon Valley" -- an explosion of firms looking for gold in mountains of medical information (Gorenstein, 6/3).