The 2014 International MUSE Conference for Meditech Users was held in Dallas the last week of May. Throughout the education sessions, several repeating themes emerged, all having to do with Meaningful Use:
- The recent announcement  about 2011 Edition Electronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The National Alliance for Health Information Technology, April 28, 2008): An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that conform... Technologies being able to be used for 2014 Meaningful Use Attestation. While Meditech has been diligent in getting its software certified for the 2014 Edition, providers are utilizing a variety of other applications which impact Meaningful Use attestation. Because many vendors have not yet achieved 2014 Edition certification, many providers were discussing their options to use a mix of 2011 Edition and 2014 Edition certifications to meet attestation requirements in 2014.
- The Patient Portal core objective. The most panic and concern entered the rooms whenever the topic of achieving the 5% measure for VDT (View, Download, or Transmit) was discussed. While at the surface 5% seems like a small hurdle, providers were far more concerned about this measure that any other. Part of the concern is that the measure is out of their control to a large extent. To try to gain some control, some providers were implementing creative workflows such as signing up patients for the portal while they waited in the emergency room or at bedside before discharge. No provider which had already rolled out their portal were able to achieve the 5% mark, which did not do much to calm the fears of others in attendance.
- The Transfer of Care core objective. There was also much concern about the Transfer of Care objective as well, specifically the measure which requires 10% of all Summary of Care documents be sent electronically in a referral. One main concern was that the facilities which the provider regularly transfers patients to are not yet ready to attest to this Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria. And if there are no partners ready to receive the electronic documents, then it makes it hard to achieve even the 10% hurdle. Another concern was not with the metrics, but the usefulness of the Summary of Care documents itself. Unnecessary data, missing data, and lengthy lab comments in many cases made the Summary of Care document unusable from a clinician’s standpoint, even if it would allow the provider to check-the-box for Meaningful Use compliance.
Beyond these three problem areas, attendees seemed to be proceeding on course with other criteria. One speaker did make note that of 4,277 hospitals registered for Meaningful Use, only 4 have achieved Stage 2 so far. One might expect that there would not be too many over achievers given that only 90 days of attestation is required for Stage 2 in 2014, but to have only 4 facilities achieve Stage 2 so far seems like a small number.
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