WASHINGTON | Anthony Brino | April 14, 2014 | 11:05 AM | Claims Processing, Policy and Legislation
Medicare's release this past week of physician reimbursement data may be, as U.S. CTO Todd Park puts it, an "unprecedented" opportunity for transparency. But what will researchers -- and ultimately seniors and taxpayers -- be able to actually... More
Anthony Brino | March 21, 2014 | 10:55 AM | Quality and Safety
An open source software program created with the help of the Office of the National Coordinator is now federally certified and ready to be used as a population health tool. More
WASHINGTON | Anthony Brino | March 18, 2014 | 06:45 AM | Health Information Exchange (HIE), Privacy and Security, Policy and Legislation
While the U.S. continues digitizing its healthcare industry, a huge challenge is arising: not only securing those systems but verifying identities. With a steady stream of HIPAA-covered data breaches continuing over the past few years, some argue that current... More
NEW YORK | Anthony Brino | February 28, 2014 | 11:36 AM | Health Information Exchange (HIE), Network Infrastructure, Quality and Safety
Leaders from 33 digital health companies in New York are calling on the legislature to fund the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, or SHIN-NY, just as the organization's connecting HIEs and information systems are starting to build a... More
WASHINGTON | Anthony Brino | February 27, 2014 | 11:41 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
The Office of the National Coordinator wants to create an EHR certification system for 2015 that would be guided by a more "effective response to stakeholder feedback" and incorporate "bug fixes" to make 2014 certification rules "... More
Anthony Brino | February 13, 2014 | 11:19 AM | Meaningful Use, Health Information Exchange (HIE), Policy and Legislation
In efforts to guarantee patient access to their lab tests, the nation's largest pharmacies are now promising to adopt the Blue Button personal health record. More
Anthony Brino | February 10, 2014 | 11:02 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
The ONC's Meaningful Use Workgroup will submit draft recommendations for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program on Feb. 14. So far, the workgroup has developed a number of ideas that have consensus, but clinical quality measures may not be... More
WASHINGTON | Anthony Brino | February 7, 2014 | 11:38 AM | Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange (HIE), Policy and Legislation
A health IT consultant described the "Tower of Babel"-eqsue barrier she encounters coordinating disparate EHR systems to a panel at the Health Innovation Day conference. William Check, CTO at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association... More
WASHINGTON | Anthony Brino | February 6, 2014 | 16:42 PM | Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange (HIE), Policy and Legislation
Health networks and physician practices have the most to gain from an interoperable ecosystem and, it follows, the most to lose if it doesn't go right. But one could argue that American patients and taxpayers stand to gain or lose just as much. More
NASHVILLE | Anthony Brino | February 3, 2014 | 11:31 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
Blackford Middleton, MD, first came across the term "clinical decision support" in 1983. Today, Middleton continues his decades-long work on CDS and hoping the federal meaningful use program can help make clinical decision support systems more... More
Anthony Brino | January 30, 2014 | 09:19 AM | Network Infrastructure, Policy and Legislation, Cloud Computing
Last October and November, as HealthCare.gov struggled to accommodate visitors and offer its promised user experience, HHS staff and contractors were, among other fixes, "adding server capacity" -- suggesting that the U.S. CTO's goals of... More
Anthony Brino | January 27, 2014 | 11:57 AM | Mobile/Wireless, Telehealth
A remote care management pilot that makes use of mHealth tools and services has been launched in Mississippi. Officials hope it will make an impact in the state with the highest percentage of adult diabetics and cut into the $3 billion in diabetes-related... More