Posts in Category "Electronic Health Records"

EMR Survival Tips Audiocasts

I just listened to Dr. Stasia Kahn’s latest EMR Survival Tips Audiocast—you can play it in your browser— and I was impressed!Picture of Dr. Stasia Kahn

I first met Dr. Kahn at a HIMMS Conference two years ago in Chicago. She’s very active in the EMR and PDF Healthcare community and a real champion for using electronic medical records.

Dr. Kahn’s website has a number of useful resources to help physicians make better use of EMRs, something the doctor has done in her practice since 2005.

I think what I like best about the audiocasts is how approachable Dr. Kahn makes a subject that might be a bit scary to the less technical among us.

I also appreciate the very frank information that she shares. There is a cost to implementing EMR systems, and you can hear the challenges that a small practice might have. I think— and Dr. Kahn concurs— that eventually government incentives will offset this cost.

I’ve written here about the frustration I have with paper-based processes in the health industry, so I look forward to hearing more about the use of EMR in Dr. Kahn’s practice . . .

. . .  and hopefully yours in the future, too.

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Meaningful Use Criteria for Electronic Health Records

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 offers payments to hospitals and doctors participating in
Medicare and Medicaid programs that adopt and successfully demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.


On July 28, 2010, the Federal Register published the final ruling from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMMS) regarding the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program which begins in 2011.

TheĀ final ruling may be found in the document titled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program”.

I reviewed the 275 page document (you can download it here) and it isn’t easy to follow. My goal was to find out where Adobe Acrobat and other Adobe offerings could be used, at least at a high level.


My first impressions is that from a technical level it is not a well-authored document and difficult to use. Notable problems with the document:

  • No navigational bookmarks or links
  • No Table of Contents
  • Tables are actually graphic elements and not searchable
  • Not accessible to the visually impaired
  • Protected from changesĀ since it is a certified document


There are, however, a number of tables which make it easier to understand the main requirements. In particular, “Table 2: Stage 1 Meaningful Use Objectives and Associated Measures Sorted by Core and
Menu Set” offers a basic overview which is a good starting point.

I used a bit of Acrobat magic to extract Table 2 from the document and added a few checks to areas where I thought Adobe technology could fit in.


You can download the 944K document from the widget below or directly from this link.

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