Health IT & Quality
Is “Meaningful Use” Meaningful?
Now that the “meaningful use” rule has been finalized by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), many organizations turn their focus to a rapid deployment of electronic medical record (EMR) systems in an effort to achieve transformation of the United States healthcare system.
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) cost U.S. hospitals $8.1 billion in 2006, according to a recently released study by the Centers for Disease Control. Even more alarmingly, the CDC reports 48,000 deaths in the same year can attributed to illnesses caught during hospital
One of the biggest obstacles to sharing patient information electronically is that health care systems and providers use a wide range of incompatible IT platforms and software to create and store data in various formats. A new service – the Verizon Health Information Exchange – will soon be available via the “cloud’ to address this challenge.