Thursday, September 29, 2011

Athenahealth Dashboard Tracks MU Progress, Issues

Physician software and billing services vendor athenahealth Inc. has introduced an online dashboard that clients using its electronic health records system--and users of other EHR systems--can use to assess the progress athenahealth users are making in meeting EHR meaningful use requirements.

The publicly available dashboard looks at athenahealth's entire national client base against all meaningful use measures for eligible professionals, and is designed to enable clients, prospects, policymakers and others see apples to apples data on how thousands of physicians are doing on each measure, according to the company.

Currently, 11 percent of athenahealth physician clients participating in meaningful use have attested to Medicare requirements, and 63.3 percent are two or fewer measures away from being ready to attest.

The dashboard gives data--updated bi-weekly--on physicians' performance on each meaningful use measure. For instance, the dashboard has found that meeting the measure to provide a clinical summary of an office visit within three business days of the visit is especially difficult to meet because of required behavior and workflow changes.

The dashboard is available at:

Joseph Goedert
HDM Breaking News, September 8, 2011

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