The American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association call on ONC to rethink how it measures interoperability. Rather than simply gauging data exchange, they contend, ONC should focus on better care coordination.
Leading up to the initial phase, slated to begin in the Pacific Northwest, the Defense Department is focusing on configuration more than customization, and program executive Stacy Cummings said that change management will be paramount.
National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD (seen here speaking at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas), said on Tuesday that the healthcare industry must stop holding tightly onto patient data, because American consumers are ready to access it.
There needs to be a better business case for sharing data because consumers expect it and HIPAA allows it, said National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD. And Americans are growing increasingly impatient.
Deputy Principal National Coordinator Vindell Washington, MD, said now that the electronic health record system infrastructure is in place, the nation can collect on that digital dividend.
Half of hospitals routinely use patient information received electronically from other providers, which National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD said is an indication of how far the healthcare industry has come for both patients and clinicians.
Simplified regulations around MACRA meaningful use could address the loss of efficiency and usefulness of electronic health records software to enable more flexibility for the doctors using them, said Shawn Griffin, MD, of Memorial Hermann Physician Network.
Allscripts President Rick Poulton said that interoperability between a single vendor’s set of solutions is easy but passing data between different vendors takes an attitude as much as it does technology.
While EHR implementations can be disruptive, the hospital system implemented new clinical and revenue cycle software in January and is pointing to its strategy of engaging every employee in the electronic health records system deployment.