By Mary Mosquera 11:02 am September 21, 2012
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded $9 million in grants to five collaborative groups, including one for healthcare exchange, to demonstrate how online transactions can be secure and private as part of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.
By Mary Mosquera 07:34 am September 19, 2012
The Department Veterans Affairs and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have demonstrated how to securely share sensitive health information via electronic health records.
By Mary Mosquera 06:46 am September 18, 2012
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has unveiled its second set of draft test procedures to assure that electronic health records can perform functions required in 2014.
By Mary Mosquera 08:48 am September 17, 2012
Transition from fee-for-service to alternative models needs to be quick and smart to eliminate uncertainty and burden for providers.
By Mary Mosquera 02:18 pm September 12, 2012
Broadband networks are spurring improved quality and helping lower the cost of care in rural areas by reducing time to access of critical treatment and increasing the resources available to diagnose conditions.
By Mary Mosquera 01:52 pm September 12, 2012
The Medicaid expansion was supposed to be the least controversial part of the health reform lawsuit. But since the Supreme Court essentially made broadening its eligibility voluntary for states, not a day goes by without news reports guessing how Medicaid will fare in the future.
By Mary Mosquera 01:49 pm September 12, 2012
The catalog of meaningful tasks - from clinical decision support and care coordination, to quality and safety, patient engagement, and population health - promises to go a long way toward improving care, and the requirements are also apt to stretch hospitals and physicians as they work to achieve Stage 3 meaningful use.
By Mary Mosquera 05:35 am September 12, 2012
Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national health IT coordinator, has challenged vendors to make it easy for consumers by early 2013 to view, download and transmit to another party their health information in the form of a Blue Button feature.
By Mary Mosquera 10:23 am September 10, 2012
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has dropped pursuit of a regulation for establishing "rules of the road" for the nationwide health information network (NwHIN) based on feedback it has received.
By Mary Mosquera 09:32 am September 07, 2012
Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments are approaching $7 billion since the program's beginning, with $6.9 billion paid out to 143,800 physicians and hospitals in total program estimates through the end of August.