John W. Loonsk, MD

John W. Loonsk, MD is CMIO at CGI and Adjunct Associate Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Center for Population Health IT.

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By John W. Loonsk, MD 04:25 am August 31, 2015
Health IT interoperability is hard. But is it really as hard as it is being made out to be?
Maze of roads
By John W. Loonsk, MD 11:06 am April 06, 2015
Despite all the recent industry-wide discussion, objective measures suggest that health IT interoperability is still only barely simmering, says John Loonsk, MD.
By John W. Loonsk, MD 02:15 pm December 05, 2014
It is a simple question: “Why doesn’t electronic health information flow after the nation spent $26 billion on electronic health records?" Suggesting a 10-year timeframe or arguing that there is progress if you look hard enough just doesn’t answer it.
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By John W. Loonsk, MD 07:45 am October 22, 2014
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 ways we have yet to meet most of these needs with incentives and infrastructure.
Frustrated doctor at laptop
By John W. Loonsk, MD 07:19 am September 22, 2014
It is a simple question: "Why doesn't electronic health information flow after the nation spent $26 billion on electronic health records?" Suggesting a 10-year timeframe or arguing that there is progress if you look hard enough just doesn't answer it.
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.
By John W. Loonsk, MD 08:19 am August 07, 2013
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 as structured, data offers help in pursuing this very complex task.
big data
By John W. Loonsk, MD 10:19 am April 29, 2013
"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.
By John W. Loonsk, MD 10:15 am February 08, 2013
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 other industries, becoming electronic changes the way these programs can and should be carried...
By John W. Loonsk, MD 12:20 pm December 18, 2012
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.

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