Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act

Mark Savage, National Partnership for Women and Families
By Bernie Monegain 10:00 am July 05, 2014
As director of health information technology policy and programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families, Mark Savage keeps a close watch on healthcare information technology, along with all other aspects of patient care.
By Bernie Monegain 10:55 am July 02, 2014
While a key provision of the 2009 HITECH Act was to spur health data exchange within and outside hospitals, only 30 percent of U.S. hospitals are part of a health information exchange today.
By Tom Sullivan 01:42 pm June 26, 2014
Anyone following the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has witnessed signs that changes were coming since Karen DeSalvo, MD, took the helm.
By Bernie Monegain 11:46 am June 26, 2014
After talking recently with former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal, MD, there seemed to be reason to be optimistic about the promise of health information technology, about moving the healthcare system as we've known it -- paper-based and clunky -- to one that is digital and, well, less clunky.
By Bernie Monegain 11:28 am June 26, 2014
As David Blumenthal, MD, sees it, Stage 2 is where the rubber meets the road for the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program -- the government's grand scheme to turn the American healthcare system on its head.
Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.
By Tom Sullivan 10:00 am June 23, 2014
With $23 billion already spent on incentivizing providers to adopt electronic health records, many in government and industry are wondering whether taxpayers and patients got what they paid for. The heart of the debate: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, its meaningful use program and interoperable EHRs.
By Erin McCann 04:15 pm June 17, 2014
It's not just the thought of having a data security breach that concerns Kaiser Permanente's Jim Doggett. It's the far-reaching damage such an event could wreak that really keeps him up at night.
Illustration of boss yelling at employee
By Mike Miliard 10:05 am June 03, 2014
No matter what your job, there are certain phrases -- whether said by bosses, colleagues or clients -- that are just plain unwelcome: words that foretell frustration and added workload at best, panic and red-alert crisis response at worst. For hospital chief information officers, there's no shortage of these ominous sentences.
By Tom Sullivan 11:05 am June 02, 2014
ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD outlined what the next era of health IT will look like, noting that key focus areas include implementing an interoperability roadmap, supporting care transformation, care quality and safety, public health, as well as establishing a framework that will advance not only health IT, but also meaningful consumer engagement.
Reboot button
By John W. Loonsk, MD 08:03 am May 29, 2014
More than 30 billion dollars have been spent. And while it is reasonable that many HIT outcomes are still unfulfilled, the path forward seems murky. EHR adoption has surged, but much of what has been broken about health IT in the United States still remains, writes John Loonsk, MD. That's why he's urging a hard reboot.

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