The Dark Report Issues a White Paper Finding Adopting Cloud-Based Computerized Physician Order Entry Can Help Clinical Laboratories And Physicians Meet Meaningful Use Requirements



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AUSTIN, Texas (April 29, 2013) – 2013 marks the year in which most eligible providers of care are required to begin implementing many of the components of Stage Two, Meaningful Use. Meaningful Use is part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act, which in part was designed to create incentives for the use of health information technology (“HIT”). In order for eligible healthcare entities to derive financial incentives for adoption of HIT, they need to meet Meaningful Use requirements.

At least part of the Meaningful Use requirements involves the adoption of computerized physician order entry (“CPOE”) and the ability of electronic health records (“EHR”) and laboratory information systems (“LIS”) to communicate and interface with each other, enabling effective, HIPAA-compliant exchange of private health information (“PHI”) between networks. There are a wide variety of networks involved in healthcare, from hospital networks, health information exchanges (“HIE”), accountable care organizations (“ACO”), medical laboratory networks, Medicare, Medicaid and insurance networks. In order for all these different networks to communicate with each other, specific standards need to be met and new technological approaches must be utilized.

Michele Judge, senior director of clinical services for Emdeon,  says, “As health information technology changes and evolves, healthcare networks need to evolve with it. The last decade has seen rapid evolution of healthcare networks, but many healthcare institutions lag behind due to lack of financial and technological resources. A particularly effective solution is the development of cloud-based healthcare networks using a Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) model.”

Cloud and SaaS-based network solutions help laboratories, physicians or other healthcare facilities connect quickly and easily, while reducing the need for the expensive build-out of custom interfaces. Therefore, these solutions can help minimize financial risk by providing a relatively inexpensive alternative compared to higher cost capital-intensive solutions.


“The trend toward cloud-based and SaaS-based medical information exchange is a win-win for clinical diagnostic laboratories, physicians and healthcare institutions,” says Robert L. Michel, editor-in-chief of The Dark Report . “It increases flexibility and efficiency, while decreasing HIT operational costs. At the same time, it helps satisfy one of the goals of healthcare reform, which is to improve patient care while decreasing healthcare costs.”

The Dark Report is pleased to offer a recently published FREE White Paper that outlines several CPOE and cloud-based connectivity strategies laboratories and physicians can use to meet Meaningful Use requirements. It is titled, “CPOE and Meaningful Use Stage Two: How the Adoption of Cloud-Based CPOE Can Ease the Burden of Satisfying Meaningful Use Requirements for Your Lab and Your Physicians.”  Published by The Dark Report and Dark Daily,  it is available free to laboratory professionals as a PDF download.

Along with other topics, this FREE White Paper specifically includes:

• Information regarding the various types of healthcare networks laboratories and physicians encounter regularly;

• An overview of Stage Two Meaningful Use requirements and how it applies to laboratory and physician networks;

• An evaluation of cloud-based healthcare networks and SaaS health IT solutions; and

• Case studies in which laboratories’ and institutions’ use of Emdeon Clinical Exchange CPOE system helped lead to greater efficiencies, lower costs and better patient care.

The paper’s editor, Michele Judge, is senior director of clinical services for Emdeon. She has more than 20 years of experience managing, deploying and developing computerized physician order entry solutions for laboratories, hospitals and pharmacies.

This White Paper, “CPOE and Meaningful Use Stage Two: How the Adoption of Cloud-Based CPOE Can Ease the Burden of Satisfying Meaningful Use Requirements for Your Lab and Your Physicians” is available for free download as a PDF at It is part of the Dark Daily Resource Center, which has a growing library of White Papers and other information resources tailored specifically for the needs of laboratory administrators, lab managers, pathologists and lab industry consultants.

For additional information, Contact: Ron Martin, 512-264-7103


Established in 1995, THE DARK REPORT  is the leading source of exclusive business intelligence for laboratory CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Pathologists and Senior industry executives. It is widely-read by leaders in laboratory medicine and diagnostics. The DARK REPORT produces the famous Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management (every spring, which showcases innovations by the nation’s and globe’s leading laboratory organizations. Dark Daily is an Internet-based e-briefing intelligence service, read worldwide by thought leaders in laboratory and pathology management. Other well-known conferences conducted by THE DARK REPORT are Lab Quality Confab (on the use of Lean and Six Sigma methods in labs and hospitals), Molecular Summit (on the integration of in vivo and in vitro diagnostics). THE DARK REPORT co-produces Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine annually in the United Kingdom; Executive Edge bi-annually in Canada; and The Business of Pathology bi-annually in Australia.