John W. Loonsk, MD

John W. Loonsk, MD is CMIO at CGI and Adjunct Associate Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Center for Population Health IT.

By John W. Loonsk, MD 11:25 am August 03, 2012
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the substance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a collective sigh can be heard, of relief by some and frustration by others, but certainly of avoided tumult.
By John W. Loonsk, MD 10:02 am July 03, 2012
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the substance of the Affordable Care Act, it's time to refocus attention toward the essentially bipartisan support for health IT. At the same time, it's worth reconsidering some closely-held beliefs about technology's role in care delivery.
By John W. Loonsk, MD 02:05 pm April 26, 2012
Just in time to consider for comments on ONC's proposed rule on meaningful use Stage 2 (comment period ends May 7), John Loonsk, MD, makes a case for data transfer standards more functional than SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) called for in MU Stage 2 - Loonsk describes SMTP as a "dead end."
By John W. Loonsk, MD 08:15 am April 03, 2012
As associations, advocacy groups and other interested parties gear up to submit comments on meaningful use Stage 2, John Loonsk, MD, explains how health IT professionals can offer opinions on the proposed rules, making substantive suggestions without actually weakening the regulation.
By John W. Loonsk, MD 12:06 pm January 10, 2012
This series of commentaries has attempted, early in Accountable Care Organization (ACO) development, to identify health information technology functionality and architecture to support their developing needs.
By John W. Loonsk, MD 02:33 pm October 03, 2011
The title of this commentary is pure jargon, but does express the issue at hand. An alternative title "The Most Important Health Policy Decision Hidden as an Obscure Health IT Technical Evaluation that You May Never Have Heard of," would have also been accurate, but is grammatically unsound and too flippant for an important subject.
By John W. Loonsk, MD 10:42 am September 30, 2011
Will accountable care organizations follow the lead of HIEs in analyzing data across participating providers, or surpass them? In this series, we are examining ways health IT can best support the goals of accountable care organizations (ACOs) for health reform.
By John W. Loonsk, MD 11:09 am September 29, 2011
In this series, we are examining ways health IT can best support the goals of accountable care organizations (ACOs) for health reform.
By John W. Loonsk, MD 11:20 pm September 11, 2011
With the recent 10th anniversary of 9/11, there have been many personal and political remembrances of the events that scarred families and jarred the country that day. Health IT had its own significant events a decade ago, but they began about a week after 9/11 when letters with Anthrax in them were mailed.
By John W. Loonsk, MD 11:49 am July 05, 2011
The Accountable Care Organization draft rule is out, and the political, clinical and technical trek to establishing these lynchpins of the Affordable Care Act and health reform is on.

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