In looking back over 2014, and looking forward to 2015, two things stand out: uncertainty and change. As I look into my crystal ball at the beginning of this year, I see more fog than I have seen in many years.
- The U.S. national program is at a time of transition, from the carrot to the stick. Incentives are no more. Penalties kick in this year. Will that work?
- At the same time, many hope that the incoming congress will pass new laws changing the way the Meaningful Use program works. Will that happen?
- Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposed rule, which many projected to drop December 23rd, as usual is still waiting in the wings. Clearly it is no longer business as usual at ONC. What's in the proposed rule?
- ONC now hosts at most three of the original people staffing it under ARRA. Few really have a clue what is going to happen here either. What will ONC look like when it grows up?
- FHIR will soon be launching its second DSTU. The first pilots of FHIR using DSTU 1 will soon be appearing. Will it work, or won't it?
- IHE and HL7 will soon have a joint workgroup. There is a lot of opportunity here to bring together these two organizations which have had an on-again off-again love-like-hate-envy-love relationship. Will it be successful?