May 27, 2015
Continuity of care or accountability of care is unlikely without Medicare Shared Savings and Meaningful Use health IT incentives for mental and behavioral health providers.
May 21, 2015
Few want to publicly criticize the 21st Century Cures Act. But John Halamka, MD is happy to serve as the lightning rod for this discussion, pointing out those assumptions that are unlikely to be helpful -- and those most likely to be hurtful.
February 02, 2015
On Thursday, CMS announced their intent to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs for 2015 and beyond, reducing the reporting burden on providers. On Friday, ONC released the Interoperability Roadmap and the Standards Advisory. A busy week. What does it all mean?
January 20, 2015
A show of hands: Who believes depression or bipolar disorder have no impact on the severity and treatment of a patient’s diabetes and COPD? It's an idea no practicing physician would support. Yet time and again, we act as though mental illness and care can be kept separate from physical ailments.
January 07, 2015
As an eternal optimist, I always look forward to the year ahead and forget the bruises of the year that has passed. What innovations can we expect in 2015?
January 05, 2015
In looking back over 2014, and looking forward to 2015, two things stand out: uncertainty and change.
December 09, 2014
Interoperability is the current health IT buzzword because it's the essential ingredient in creating a system that benefits patients, doctors and hospitals. Almost everyone in healthcare is pressing for it and is frustrated, though probably not surprised, that meaningful use did not get us there.
November 13, 2014
The policy known as meaningful use was designed to ensure that clinicians and hospitals actually used the computers they bought with the help of government subsidies. In the last few months, though, it has become clear that the policy is failing.
October 21, 2014
The era of Ebola has accelerated the urgency for us to rethink the way we document. John Halamka, MD, thinks the U.S. should adopt Wikipedia and Facebook for clinical documentation; not to use the products themselves, but to embrace their principles.
October 20, 2014
As the healthcare industry works toward Stage 2 meaningful use attestation, web portals are becoming a "must-have" for improving patient engagement and facilitating meaningful patient-provider communication.