The Direct Project is well on its way to achieving its objective of becoming an on-ramp to the nationwide health information superhighway. In this article, several state programs share their Direct Project efforts.
A revision in the U.S. EHR Incentive Program has allowed radiologists to partake in the financial incentives for meaningful use of a certified EHR. However, now that radiologists can attest to meaningful use, there is now a process to better understand what is included in Stage 1, which involves more patient data. Also, there are discussions on how radiology as a specialty can be better represented in Stage 2.
Despite the benefits associated with the use of EHRs, barriers to adoption still exist, mainly due to the changes in processes required by the caregivers. However, as EHR implementation becomes more commonplacedriven largely by the efficiency gains and financial incentives associated with meaningful usethe role of the CMIO changes from ensuring that the system meets the physicians needs to a focus on system optimization.
Thomson Reuters of Ann Arbor, Mich., has launched the Infection Xpert, a clinical intelligence dashboard to help manage and reduce hospital-acquired infections, capture and submit mandated infection reporting metrics, as well as analyze hospital infection data.
ICF International of Fairfax, Va., has been awarded a re-compete contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide data management support and technical assistance to more than 40 CDC-funded grantees. The contract has a value of $9.7 million and a term of one base year, plus four optional years.