John W. Loonsk, MD | October 22, 2014 | 07:45 AM | Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange (HIE), Quality and Safety
The Ebola cases in the United States, despite their limited numbers, have generated considerable discussion and anxiety. But the focus on EHRs in these discussions does not recognize more prominent health IT needs when it comes potential outbreaks, nor the... More
John W. Loonsk, MD | May 29, 2014 | 08:03 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Interoperability
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,... More
John W. Loonsk, MD | August 7, 2013 | 08:19 AM | Meaningful Use, Data Warehousing, Electronic Health Records
Analyzing clinical and claims data for quality and efficiency in accountable care is certainly a big driver for considering big data in health right now. In this area, as in others, the flexibility that big data tools have to work with unstructured, as well... More
John W. Loonsk, MD | April 29, 2013 | 10:19 AM | Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing
"Big data" must be near the top of its hype cycle by now. As with other technologies, it may eventually deliver on a great deal of this hype, but the outcomes will probably come later than the current frenzy would suggest. More
John W. Loonsk, MD | February 8, 2013 | 11:15 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
National health programs have been, or are now, becoming electronic, just as health records are. Many of these programs will play major roles in either incenting or conflicting with efforts to advance the electronic healthcare infrastructure. And as with... More
John W. Loonsk, MD | December 18, 2012 | 13:20 PM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange (HIE)
The recommendations for Stage 3 of meaningful use are now out for comment. Coincidentally or not, there is a new degree of pessimism about when health IT interoperability will ever be achieved. More
John W. Loonsk, MD | August 3, 2012 | 11:25 AM | Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the substance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a collective sigh can be heard, of relief by some and frustration by others, but certainly of avoided tumult. More
John W. Loonsk, MD | July 3, 2012 | 10:02 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the substance of the Affordable Care Act, it's time to refocus attention toward the essentially bipartisan support for health IT. At the same time, it's worth reconsidering some closely-held beliefs about... More
John W. Loonsk, MD | April 26, 2012 | 14:05 PM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange (HIE)
Just in time to consider for comments on ONC's proposed rule on meaningful use Stage 2 (comment period ends May 7), John Loonsk, MD, makes a case for data transfer standards more functional than SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) called for in MU Stage... More
John W. Loonsk, MD | April 3, 2012 | 08:15 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange (HIE)
As associations, advocacy groups and other interested parties gear up to submit comments on meaningful use Stage 2, John Loonsk, MD, explains how health IT professionals can offer opinions on the proposed rules, making substantive suggestions without actually... More
John W. Loonsk, MD | January 10, 2012 | 13:06 PM
This series of commentaries has attempted, early in Accountable Care Organization (ACO) development, to identify health information technology functionality and architecture to support their developing needs. More
John W. Loonsk, MD | October 3, 2011 | 14:33 PM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange (HIE)
The title of this commentary is pure jargon, but does express the issue at hand. An alternative title "The Most Important Health Policy Decision Hidden as an Obscure Health IT Technical Evaluation that You May Never Have Heard of," would have also... More