Memorial Day signifies the beginning of the summer season—and with it, public health issues that typically peak in the summer months. This can include anything from asthma attacks to jellyfish stings and hospital visits related to a significant weather event.
Past blogs have focused on the need for a Meaningful Use road map—an easy to follow path to implementing Meaningful Use and achieving the benefit of Medicare/Medicaid incentives. For Meaningful Use to be effective, public health departments need to create clear requirements that hospitals, eligible professionals, and urgent care centers can easily meet.
Much of our current work focuses on engaging state and local public health departments regarding planning for meaningful use. In the last two weeks alone, we’ve had excellent conversations with five state health departments. A recurring theme: What to do about the state HIE?