Health IT Policy Committee

CIOs gauge decade of health IT headway
By Bernie Monegain 10:39 am January 17, 2014
The healthcare IT industry just marked the 10-year anniversary of then President George W. Bush's call to action -- in his 2004 State of the Union address -- to finally transform a paper-mired healthcare system into a digital-age industry. CIOs and other industry insiders speak to the progress and look to the future of health IT.
By Anthony Brino 10:16 am January 17, 2014
Informaticists joined clinical quality experts in a brain storming session with new ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, exchanging ideas on developing the "next generation" of quality measures.
ONC chief's early years inform her work
By Anthony Brino 10:34 am January 16, 2014
Karen DeSalvo, MD, appears to have the right background to understand the challenges facing the healthcare system. Beginning with her childhood experience as a public health clinic patient and including work as an internist managing a hospital's medical records committee, she has direct experience with the system at all levels.
EHR payments reach $20B.
By Anthony Brino 06:55 am January 15, 2014
Electronic health record incentive payments to eligible docs and hospitals continue to climb into the new year. The "inexorable progress" of the federal EHR incentive program continues, with payments to providers moving ever closer to $20 billion.
Stimilus package, meaningful use has been good for business.
By Mike Miliard 07:25 am December 31, 2013
In an eventful 10 years for healthcare, meaningful use made an unmistakable mark as vendors large and small took advantage of an unprecedented opportunity. As one observer puts it: "Obama's stimulus was the catalyst that lit this industry up five years ago. We haven't looked back since."
By Bernie Monegain 12:00 am December 20, 2013
Remember AHIC, anyone? The American Health Information Community was created in 2005. In a way, it was a precursor of today's two advisory panels – the Health IT Policy Committee and the Health IT Standards Committee – also created by the government to advise the government.
By Bernie Monegain 12:00 am December 20, 2013
Perhaps the ONC chiefs can be like former presidents, getting together every now and then to trade stories about the trials and tribulations that come with the job.
By Mike Miliard 12:00 am December 20, 2013
Remember the old days? Way back before 2009? Healthcare had some catching up to do. But no one quite knew just how to do it.
By Bernie Monegain 12:00 am December 20, 2013
Anyone who thinks John Halamka, MD, does not have an affinity for detail, probably has not read his blog posts nor considered HITSP, Halamka's standards brainchild.
By Bernie Monegain 12:00 am December 20, 2013
Healthcare is coming up on the 10 year anniversary of then President George W. Bush's call to action – in his 2004 State of the Union address – to finally transform a paper-mired healthcare system into a digital-age industry that operates more like other sectors of the economy.

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