By Robert “Bob” Cooke
Time matters in everything. The less time that you have to
spend doing something difficult is always better. It is well established that
there is a money dimension to Meaningful Use. Here is the time dimension.
As I mentioned in my previous post, capturing “extra” data
about the patient is one of the key difficulties for radiology in implementing a
Meaningful Use strategy and “reducing the denominator” can create a huge benefit
to the challenge of data entry.
Well, lets talk about time as it relates to Meaningful Use
(MU). So, assuming data collection is the pain point, and since we already
covered how to collect less data, lets talk about how much time you need to
spend collecting this data.
And “all” you have to do is refer to the Stage 2 final rule.
In the Stage 2 final rules, as they relate to Stage 1 (yep, the government),
2014 is a “transition” year. Basically giving physicians and health care
providers time to get ready for Stage 2.
So, lets say you start this year in June, down the MU path,
in your first year; you only need 90 (consecutive) days of data collection in
your first year (eg, start before October). Normally, in your second year,
you’d need a full year of data, however, since 2014 is a transition year, you
only need another quarter’s worth of data, which, is essentially only another
90 days that just has to start in the calendar quarter (vs. whenever you want).
As we discussed last time, < 10% of your encounters
typically need MU data entry. From the Stage 2 Final Rule, over the next 18
months, there are only 180 days of data collection.
You only need to spend 33% of your time collecting MU data
on 10% of your encounters.
If time is money, I’d call that priceless.
Biography: Robert “Bob”
Cooke is a corporate strategist with over 20 years of experience in the medical
imaging informatics and equipment market, and is currently working with a number of small companies and
start-up ventures. He is the former former Senior Vice President
of Sales and Marketing at Fujifilm Medical Systems. Bob was also the Vice President
and Global General Manager at Agfa Healthcare. Bob’s expertise is in creating growth, designing new business
ventures and developing and managing strategic partnerships.