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By Joseph C. Kvedar 09:03 am May 13, 2013
I’ve been in the healthcare delivery business now for 30 years and I can confidently say we’ve paid almost no attention to design. As we get closer to a world where we are engaging patients in their own health outcomes, design will be much more critical.
By Edmund Billings, MD 08:13 am May 10, 2013
A question: What is the opposite of health IT return on investment? The answer: Unintended financial consequences, or UFCs, for short.
By Joseph C. Kvedar 09:17 am April 25, 2013
In a world where most folks change jobs every couple of years, people are often amazed to hear that I started work in connected health 19 years ago. Implicit in their amazement is a question, “Why did you stick with it so long?” The quickest response is that the work we started back then is not yet finished.
By Keith W. Boone 08:13 am April 18, 2013
Six GOP Senators call for overview of Meaningful Use EHR incentive program was the tweet. It referenced a link which then referred to a report by Senators Thune, Alexander, Roberts, Burr, Coburn and Enzi.
By David Harlow 11:09 am April 11, 2013
I'm quoted in the current issue of Medical Economics, on the subject of the Medicare PQRS: Physician Quality Reporting System. I'm not a big fan of PQRS, since it rewards reporting of process measures, not outcomes, and the amounts at stake have not been enough to move most docs to bother.
By David Harlow 09:02 am March 08, 2013
Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, announced the release of an ONC RFI at HIMSS March 6, entitled "Advancing Interoperability and Health Information Exchange," in order to identify ways in which ONC may accelerate interoperability of EMRs without any additional statutory or regulatory authority.
By John Moore 08:58 am February 26, 2013
Among the numerous challenges that an ACO model presents, is the need for more sophisticated IT systems that will support distributed care management across a diverse care team that extends from the primary care physician, to the specialists, to the care manager, the patient and others.
By Vikram Sukthankar 10:33 am February 13, 2013
Improving the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare is a national priority. While clinical quality measures have been around for some time, they are now taking center stage through federal, state and commercial quality/pay for performance (P4P) initiatives.
By Farzad Mostashari, MD 01:28 pm January 23, 2013
Today, as in last year’s New Year blog post, I will share with you a few of the ways in which ONC has interacted with you to meet its mission and mandate over the past year.
By Brian Ahier 10:23 am November 27, 2012
The stars seem to be aligned for rapid progress in health information exchange. We are fast approaching a point in the development of the Health Internet where ubiquitous exchange of health data to improve care coordination and health care quality and ultimately lower costs might be possible.

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