June 20, 2014
Former ONC chief, Farzad Mostashari, MD, announced his new endeavor this week — Aledade. With $4.5 million in seed money, Aledade is a startup aimed at helping primary care doctors form accountable care organizations.
“Empowering doctors on the front lines of medicine with cutting edge technology that helps them understand and improve the health of all of their patients has been the mission that’s animated my career,” said Mostashari, “That’s Aledade’s mission.”
After 15 years of work, the Cleveland, Ohio based MetroHealth system has been designated as a Stage 7 ambulatory center for the sophistication of its EHRs. MetroHealth is among the first health systems in the country to reach Stage 7 status, and the first to do so using Epic Systems. It is also the first Stage 7 ambulatory health system in northeast Ohio.
This is a huge accomplishment and one that didn’t happen overnight. David Kaelber, M.D., Ph.D., and CMIO of MetroHealth discusses his strategy and mission-driven focus to getting 18 facilities to this point in an article on Healthcare Informatics.
The American Hospital Association wrote a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) this week, requesting that they finalize the new and more flexible EHR attestation rules outlined in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.