June 11, 2015
Looking to dupe urbanite travelers, bartenders and bar owners in rural Western taverns sometimes fasten antelope horns to the head of a large jackrabbit, and mount it over the bar. So, are we having a jackalope moment in health IT? Do we believe in something we can't see?
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 25, 2015
Chad Johnson speaks with Michael James McCoy, MD, ONC's Chief Health Information Officer, about his new position and his vision for a learning health system.
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 29, 2014
In 2014, there have been many changes at the Office of the National Coordinator. Although some have voiced concerns about loss of momentum, John Halamka, MD, believes that in change there is opportunity.
June 05, 2014
Earlier this week, Karen DeSalvo, MD, sent an e-mail to ONC staffers detailing plans to restructure the office. In return, DeSalvo on Tuesday received a letter from the Energy and Commerce committee demanding answers.
February 12, 2014
Readers of my blog know that over the past year, I've written several posts warning about the burden of 2014 certification, the timing overlap of numerous federal programs including ICD-10, and my observations that IT professionals/providers are at the breaking point.
January 22, 2014
Karen DeSalvo started as the new National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology on January 13, 2014. What advice would I give her, given the current state of healthcare IT stakeholders?
December 26, 2013
The December HIT Standards Committee focused on patient generated data, image sharing, patient matching, and the 2014 work plan, ensuring we select the necessary standards to support meaningful use stage 3 policy goals.