Government & Policy

Obama National Health IT Week
By Healthcare IT News 09:37 am September 26, 2016
"During National Health IT Week, we recommit ourselves to improving the health of our citizenry using the breakthrough technologies of our time and reaching for the next frontier of innovation."
Zika Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed legislation he said address concerns of both Democrats and Republicans. The $1 billion for Zika is also part of a bill that would fund the government and avert a shutdown. Source: Gage Skidmore. 

By Jack McCarthy 09:32 am September 26, 2016
The United States Senate is expected to vote this week on a package of legislation to prevent a government shutdown next weekend and provide more than $1 billion to battle the Zika virus. It also would provide $500 million to help Louisiana rebuild from last month’s devastating floods.
interoperability ripe for disruption

Penn Medicine CIO Mike Restuccia said that until the healthcare industry has common semantic, data model and data definition standards interoperability will lag in adoption and under-deliver in results. 

By Tom Sullivan 07:08 am September 26, 2016
Interoperability has, well, interoperability problems. Standards are being developed but EHRs are still under-delivering. And once data sharing picks up, more challenges will arise than we can understand today. Multiple tipping points are ahead. 
California public option

A public option rally. Source: Bernard Pollack via Wikimedia. 

By Kaiser Health News 07:05 am September 26, 2016
Dave Jones said that market consolidation among healthcare payers means the state should give careful thought to a public option for insurance.

The initiative integrates behavioral health, primary care, violence awareness and prevention, says HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae.

By Bernie Monegain 01:05 pm September 23, 2016
Mental health and substance abuse programs across the country will share $44.5 million for training programs aimed at increasing the number of mental health providers and substance abuse counselors.
EHR campaign Clinton Trump

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. Source: Gage Skidmore. 

By Bernie Monegain 11:42 am September 23, 2016
A look at which candidates Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, Epic and McKesson donated money to support, either directly or via Super PACs. The biggest donor, by more than $800,000, just might surprise you.
self-driving cars public health

A Google self-driving car. Source: Grendelkhan via Wikimedia

By Jack McCarthy 07:10 am September 22, 2016
Autonomous vehicles got a booster shot of credibility when federal regulators and issued guidance this week. But even before that, researchers were projecting that the emerging technology could reduce automobile-related injuries and deaths, as well as the big expenses they incur. 
athenaInsight

Jonathan Bush, the CEO of athenahealth, said the vendor is working to address the lack of information sharing across the care continuum. 

By Bernie Monegain 10:21 am September 21, 2016
CEO Jonathan Bush said athenaInsight will mine the company’s network of providers and patients to determine what works at high-performing hospitals as well as the drivers of physician engagement and public health trends.
Health plans chronic care
By Kaiser Health News 09:43 am September 21, 2016
When CMS opened the chronic care management program, experts hailed its potential for population health and cost control. Since then, however, the initiative has encountered obstacles, the IRS and health plans now among those. 
ONC Vindell Washington interoperability
By Mike Miliard 01:44 pm September 20, 2016
The newly-minted National Coordinator for Health IT offered his thoughts on interoperability, quality reporting, privacy and security, EHR certification, innovation and more.

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