The Meaningful Use Bait and Switch

Anyone who has gone through the rigors of college and advanced graduate studies can appreciate the value of cramming. Actually, this value is largely understood to be short-lived, with the crammer retaining the information — which has been so superficially absorbed — only until “pencils down” is called. While cramming may have its shortcomings, people […]

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Don’t Let ONC’s Numbers Fool You

If ever the expression “the devil’s in the details” was called for, it’s around meaningful use. In fact, the words seem tailor made for the program. That much was made crystal clear during testimony last week by those who’ve made inroads toward meeting requirements which sometimes behave like slippery eels when grasped. Read the rest […]

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The Limits of Preparation

The statistics on successfully launching a business are so abysmal it’s a wonder anyone even bothers to try. They are so stunning, in fact, it’s these same statistics which gave me the most anxiety when I prepared to launch my business at the beginning of last year. It’s said that something like 80% of all […]

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You Get What You Pay For

In the world of software acquisition, they call it an request for proposals (RFP), while in the world of home ownership, they call it “getting a few estimates.” I recently entered the latter world for the first time after I determined my new home needed some crawlspace insulation work. I hit the local phone book […]

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CMS, ONC, CIOs & CYA

In the latest, but certainly not last, health IT Meaningful Use dustup, the industry is struggling to find clarity in (of all things) an ONC clarification. When that happens, you know you’re in government-land. This specific instance deals with whether hospitals are required to implement modules to address all 24 Meaningful Use Stage 1 measures […]

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