The Meaningful Use Stage 2 Finish Line

John Halamka, MD, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Hospitals across the country have until September 30 to complete their 2014 reporting period for Meaningful Use Stage 2. Recently, Ashish Jha and Julia Adler-Milstein published important articles in Health Affairs about the current state of EHRs  and Health Information Exchange. What can we learn about the status of Meaningful Use Stage 2 across the country? […]


Mitchel Krieger, Associate CIO, Cleveland Clinic, Chapter 2

Mitchel Krieger, MD, Associate CIO, Cleveland Clinic

EHR consulting
Biggest challenges with MU 2
Change management — “It needs to be done by the people most closely aligned with the caregivers.”
Staffing up
Collaborating with Dell
Expanding through partnerships


Fernando Martinez, SVP & CIO, Parkland Hospital & Health System, Chapter 1

Fernando Martinez, SVP & CIO, Parkland Hospital & Health System

About Parkland
“Primarily an Epic shop”
Attesting to MU stage 2
Safety net hospitals & care transitions
Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI)
Reducing readmissions using predictive analytics
Focus on innovation — “I feel very privileged to be here.”


Dan Waltz, VP & CIO, MidMichigan Health, Chapter 2


ACO work with University of Michigan
MU 2 struggles
Creating governance committees
Physician frustrations — “You’ve got to let them vent, and you can’t take it personally.”
From U-Mich to MidMichigan
Coveting the CIO role — “I felt I had something to offer.”


When Silence Speaks Volumes

Anthony Guerra, Editor-in-Chief,

On Tuesday evening, what at first appeared to be the long-hoped-for flexibility in attesting to Meaningful Use Stage 2 was proposed by CMS. Since I am no expert on the program — which was complex to begin with and gets ever more so with every attempt to inject flexibility — I will refer to a […]