Even doctors who have purchased and successfully implemented electronic health record systems did not always know what they were buying until they were up and running, ONC director Farzad Mostashari, MD, told an audience June 15 at the Government Health IT Conference in the nation's capital.
Five Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Los Angeles are getting help establishing a Patient-Centered Medical Home, a model of care that is supported by health information technology and focused on care coordination and communication to transform primary care.
The opt-in legislation for Maine's health information exchange was met with "clear opposition" by providers throughout the state, but a revised version that is pending the governor's approval, would make it a mandate that providers who are participating in the HIE provide their patients with a separate form to opt-out.
The Vermont Healthcare and Information Technology Education Center (HITEC) has received $2 million in funding for the state's workforce development training project, which seeks to match unemployed and underemployed Vermonters with their future employers.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has approved the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as the ONC-AA for the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology.
The Health IT Policy Committee, an advisory panel to the federal government, is divided over the start date for Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, voting 12-5 June 8 to delay Stage 2 by one year – from 2013 to 2014.
No matter what happens politically or in policy circles, "seismic shifts" are going to occur in healthcare, and IT needs to be a major part of reshaping the landscape, according to H. Stephen Lieber, president and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
The Bipartisan Policy Center's Health Project has launched a Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health IT. The Task Force, co-chaired by former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, now co-leaders of the Health Project, includes 24 health system experts and leaders.
The cost, physician practice size, and lack of technical resources still present barriers for small healthcare providers in adopting electronic health records and participating in the meaningful use incentive program.