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VISTA has been made available to hospitals.
“Meaningful Use” still undefined.
Clinical Laboratory Management has formed an agreement with Medlink International, Inc.

Category: EHR Matters
Date: May 5, 2009
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Hello i’m lindsay pine and this is ehr matters for tuesday may 5th.

We have reported on government incentives for emr/ehr (electronic medical record/ electronic health record) adoption. but would you believe they are giving it away for free? well, not exactly – but the federal government has announced that it will make vista, available to hospitals.

Vista is the emr/ehr (electronic medical record/ electronic health record) system that has been developed for the va. the government sees such open source opportunities as a way to get emrs/ehrs (electronic medical records/ electronic health records) into rural and other underserved populations.

West virginia is one of the first states to take advantage of the open source offer. it has recently used vista to create an emr/ehr (electronic medical record/ electronic health record) for all state run hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Moving on, the debate on “meaningful use” continues. on the heels of the national committees’ report, the american medical informatics association released this statement: "any ehr (electronic health record) used should be certified through a suitable process, but 'meaningful use' implies attention to how an ehr is implemented and used for patient care.”

The association added that such functions should be tested against an external standard, and not be part of the package.

In industry news, a top diagnostics lab has announced an affiliation agreement with medlink international inc. clinical laboratory management anticipates the agreement will educate physicians on the benefits of adopting a certified emr/ehr (electronic medical record/ electronic health record). the program will further explain physician incentives under the health information technology for economic and clinical health (hitech) act funding; which is part of the stimulus package known as the american recovery and reinvestment act (arra).

I’m lindsay pine and this has been ehr matters. thanks for watching..

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