Government & Policy

AHIMA calls on Congress to fight opioids with information sharing, patient matching
By Mike Miliard 01:51 pm March 20, 2018
The group says privacy can still be maintained while giving care providers secure access to relevant substance abuse data. It's also calling on Congress to allow HHS to pursue patient ID strategies.
By Bernie Monegain 12:44 pm March 20, 2018
A report from research firm Kalorama Information named the top healthcare disruptors it anticipates happening between now and the year 2027 -- and the Trump Administration’s health policies in the U.S. took the top spot.  
By Jessica Davis 11:47 am March 20, 2018
The agency named University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Chief Innovation Officer Rasu Shrestha to lead work mapping the electronic medical record to the FHIR APIs and create common data standards through industry partnerships.
Biden takes issue with Trump administration's interoperability plans

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaking in Pennsylvania on March 15. Credit: C-span

By Mike Miliard 04:44 pm March 19, 2018
The MyHealthEData Initiative, announced by CMS' Seema Verma at HIMSS18, is too light on detail to make much of a difference, said the former VP – who offered his own way forward.
By 03:33 pm March 19, 2018
HIMSS TV spoke to experts on interoperability, patient engagement, security, cloud computing, innovation, policy and more during HIMSS18.
VA Cerner EHR

VA Secretary Shulkin testifying during the House Appropriations Subcommittee on March 15. Credit: C-span

By Jessica Davis 10:51 am March 16, 2018
The embattled VA secretary told a Congressional committee that the agency is working closely with the DoD to learn lessons for its own Cerner overhaul.
EHR versus CHR
By Mike Miliard 01:20 pm March 15, 2018
The C should stand for connected, not comprehensive, say tech, policy and clinical experts at the school's Center for Digital Health Innovation.
 Elizabeth Holmes charged by SEC with ‘massive fraud’
By Jessica Davis 02:21 pm March 14, 2018
The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of scandal-ridden startup Theranos, with “massive fraud.”
Michigan kicked its PDMP up a notch to clamp down on opioids
By Bill Siwicki 09:17 am March 14, 2018
Michigan, like much of the rest of this country, is in the midst of an opioid crisis. The number of opioid prescriptions, individuals in substance use disorder programs and, worst of all, opioid-related drug overdose deaths have all increased from 2011 to 2015 in the state.
VA Secretary David Shulkin EHR modernization

VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, speaking at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas on March 10.

By Jessica Davis 01:22 pm March 13, 2018
Recent reports claim President Trump has lost patience with the bipartisan-supported Shulkin, which could put the Cerner-VA contract on hold -- indefinitely.

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