in HIPAA Headlines by John Brewer

If you are a Centricity user you should now have received the official bad news.

The direct quote is:

GE Healthcare recently became aware of inaccuracies with reports in Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity Electronic Medical Record (EMR) that may affect customers who have attested or are currently planning to attest for Meaningful Use through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

Not good.

They go on to clarify that if you have already Attested (I’d love to hear how many actually have) that you should re-run your reports, once GE has fixed them and:

If your results are different from those used for attestation, you may need to evaluate if you have still cleared all applicable Meaningful Use thresholds for the original period or would meet the thresholds for all applicable measures.


A few things to note here:

  • GE gives not expected date upon which those new reports should be ready
  • This in no way affects Core Object 15 which requires you: “Ensure adequate privacy and security protections for personal health information”, in other words, conduct a HIPAA risk assessment…so go ahead and get this out of the way.

I’ve been dealing with a client on Centricity and we’ve raised many questions about the reports.

I’ve also been dealing with clients on other EHRs with similar report questions.

The over riding issue is this:

Your EHR may be Meaningful Use Able straight out of the box,
but NOT Meaningful Use Ready.

Yes, you have the capability to use your MU certified EHR in a “meaningful way”, but unless you have it properly configured you won’t be tracking that fact.

And really, the ability to track meaningful use is what you want.

You can operate in a meaningful way all day long, but unless you know exactly which check-boxes to mark, or the 2 locations you must annotate the vitals…your EHR may not properly track your meaningful use.

Note: If you run your reports and a number seems funny, you better look further into it.

Those of you that blindly run MU reports, and see all green, be aware that is would be smart to scrutinize those numbers a bit.

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