Industry still making sense of federal e-health regs

Health care industry players are still sorting out the latest regulations on an up-to-$36 billion federal program to encourage doctors and hospitals to use electronic medical records.

Computerworld/Bloomberg Businessweek: "As part of its effort to encourage widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHR) systems, the federal government has eased the requirements that health care providers must meet if they want to receive reimbursements for such projects," dropping the number of quality metrics providers must track from 90 to 44. But a "lack of clarity" around the new rules has led one IT vendor, Medsphere Systems, to promise in its contracts that it will "deliver meaningful use, however the requirements turn out," according to one Medsphere client (Mearian, 7/26).

Click on Meaningful Use Promise to access the full article where Kern Medical Center CIO Bill Fawns discusses Medsphere's meaningful use of health IT guarantee.

Click on Federal e-health Regs to access this full article, which digests news on this topic from various sources.