New York REC First to Help 1,000 Providers Meet Meaningful Use

As the federal health IT regional extension centers work furiously with providers across the country to implement health IT systems, the New York REC is leading the pack in fulfilling the ultimate mission of all RECs—helping providers to “meaningfully use” health IT and gain federal incentives.

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Bill Would Open Meaningful Use to Behavioral Health

Legislation has been introduced in Congress that seeks to extend eligibility for the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program to providers that treat for behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse.

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NQF Releases Updated Quality Data Model

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has posted to its Web site an updated version of its Quality Data Model (QDM) and Style Guide, currently available for public comment until July 16. The QDM is an information model document developed to act as a guide for the effective automation of electronic health record (EHR) use.

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Maine Becomes First State HIE to Exchange Medical Images

HealthInfoNet, the state-level health information exchange (HIE) for Maine, recently became the first statewide HIE in the nation to support medical image sharing such as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, mammograms, and others.

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Why You Need Medical Terminology

Healthcare terminology provides a standardized “language of medicine” that allows healthcare providers and HIM professionals the ability to get their daily work done, say terminology experts in this Journal of AHIMA Audio Feature.

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