October 30, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Policy and Legislation, Interoperability
Take a step back from the challenges that surround health information technology interoperability and you will recognize that market forces and a desperately fragmented healthcare system make... More
September 22, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records
As reported last year at HIMSS and by many online news and opinion sources since, physician dissatisfaction with EHRs is growing. Indeed, while this blog post doesn't focus on the broader... More
September 03, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Network Infrastructure, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
Is healthcare a business? In the United States, the question has been asked time and again but never satisfactorily answered. It's starting to look like Americans won’t be able to duck the... More
July 24, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records
So, why is VistA CPRS the preferred choice? In a word, design. The VA built the system with two design goals: improved patient care and rapid adoptability. More
July 01, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
Without a doubt, the death of American veterans as a result of the VA waitlist debacle is tragic and unacceptable. The Obama administration must move quickly and deliberately to fix the underlying... More
June 10, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
Over the last few weeks, access to VA healthcare for veterans has been all over the news. At the same time, the DoD is moving to procure a replacement EHR system. More
May 13, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
Why politics, parity and performance requirements mean behavioral health hospitals should adopt now. More
April 23, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | ICD-10, Policy and Legislation
Did you hear the one about the CMS administrator who was asked what it would take to delay the 2014 ICD-10 implementation deadline? An act of Congress, he smugly replied, according to unverified... More
December 10, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | ICD-10
Let me concede from the outset that, in this blog post, I lean toward the negative: dire predictions, worst-case scenarios, a bit of doom and gloom, etc. But I ask you, oh gentle, patient reader, how... More
October 07, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records
The best EHRs are focused on helping physicians take care of patients, with Meaningful Use and ICD-10 derivative of patient care and documentation. More
July 23, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Mobile/Wireless
The word ‘innovation’ gets bandied about with such frequency in healthcare analyses these days, you’d think it had some kind of magic transformational power. More
June 06, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s long-awaited (in health IT circles, anyway) decision on the Department of Defense’s core health IT system has been made. The VA’s VistA system is out as the... More
May 10, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
A question: What is the opposite of health IT return on investment? The answer: Unintended financial consequences, or UFCs, for short. More
April 09, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | Policy and Legislation
In these politically polarized times, Americans expect Republicans and Democrats to disagree on every detail right down to what day of the week it is. This is especially true in the posturing hurly-... More
February 14, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | Meaningful Use, Health Information Exchange (HIE)
Anyone who understands the importance of continuity of care knows that health information exchange is essential. How are we supposed to cut waste and duplication from the healthcare system and truly... More