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First Providers Earn Meaningful Use Incentives – Meaningful Use Monday

Posted on June 13, 2011 I Written By

Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EHR vendor SRSsoft. In this role, Lynn has been a Voice of Physicians and SRSsoft users in Washington during the formulation of the meaningful use criteria. Lynn is currently working to assist SRSsoft users interested in showing meaningful use and receiving the EHR incentive money.

CMS published a list (pdf) of the first providers who received incentive payments under the Medicare portion of the EHR program. What distinguishes these incentive recipients from those announced in early January—(See “Meaningful Use? Not Yet”)—is that these providers actually had to attest to earning these incentives by demonstrating meaningful use. The earlier recipients received their payments through the Medicaid program, which for the first year’s incentive only requires adoption, implementation, or upgrade of a certified EHR, not meaningful use.

There are 320 providers on this first Medicare list. Here’s how the list breaks down:

  • Approximately 40 are hospitals/health care centers.
  • As anticipated, the vast majority of the physicians are primary-care providers—over two-thirds if you include cardiologists.
  • Surgical specialists are significantly underrepresented—also as expected. (There are only 11 orthopaedists, for example.)
  • And for some reason, there are a relatively large number of podiatrists among these first meaningful users.

So, if you are in need of some tips on how to successfully meet the meaningful use requirements and/or navigate the attestation process, you might want to browse through the list (pdf) and see if you recognize any names.

Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EHR vendor SRSsoft. In this role, Lynn has been a Voice of Physicians and SRSsoft users in Washington during the formulation of the meaningful use criteria. Lynn is currently working to assist SRSsoft users interested in showing meaningful use and receiving the EHR incentive money. Check out Lynn’s previous Meaningful Use Monday posts.

Demo of an Apple Based EMR Solution From Mangomed

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This is a demo of MANGOMED, a personal medical record management portal which was developed specifically with Apple devices in mind by a team of medical doctors and MANGO Inc. Here are just some of the features it offers:

Stores all patient relevant data for worldwide access
Access from anywhere in the world by simple PC, iPhone, mobile phone, EVisits
Stores text, pictures, handwritten notes, voice notes
Comphrehensive Electronic Health Record: SOAP notes, labs, xrays, ecgs, ct-scans, etc
Voice input from any phone

 

 

Watch the video here.

Skimble: A Fitness Tracker and Personal Trainer

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Last week I wrote about the RockHealth Competition that chose a select group of developers to participate in an intense development program to help improve healthcare apps.  One of these companies is Skimble who offers one app that is not entirely groundbreaking, and a second that is a little more intriguing.

The first app is a GPS Sports Tracker that monitors your sporting activities so that you have a better idea of how you are exercising and what type of progress you may be making.  There are tons of apps out there with a similar purpose, but something that makes this one unique is the sheer number of sports it tracks.  They support over 45 sports to include snorkeling, ping pong, and badminton.  They also track just about any team or individual sport you can think of.

The other app is a virtual workout trainer that actually looks pretty cool.  There are all kinds of workouts you can download.  From simple home workouts to actual weightlifting in a gym, it runs the full spectrum of workouts.  There are some workouts that are free and others that require a membership, but at $9.99 for a whole year, they are substantially more reasonable than a gym.  The app tracks your workouts and ensures that you are performing the right exercises to achieve your goals.  All in all it looks like a worthwhile app amongst a whole lot of worthless stuff.

Both apps are for the iPhone and iPad and can be found on the iTunes store.

Looking at the quality of these two apps it is easy to see why these developers would be selected to really move to the forefront of health app development.  It will be exciting to see what else they will offer in the future.