09:28 am July 29, 2015
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is disbursing about $38 million in grants to 20 organizations, working to drive better information exchange for care coordination and population health.
07:19 am July 14, 2015
Since Hippocrates first brandished a pair of bronze forceps, physicians have aimed for quality care. Now, the move toward value-based reimbursement means quality improvement is an imperative. Proper use of CDS is essential to getting there.
11:08 am May 08, 2015
President Obama's nomination of ONC Chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, to the post of Assistant HHS Secretary, did not surprise many in health IT circles. After all, she was already Acting Assistant Secretary. As some stakeholders say, if she is confirmed, they will have an advocate in an even higher position in government.
09:23 am May 07, 2015
ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, has been nominated by President Obama to the post of Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. If she is confirmed by the Senate, she would step down as National Coordinator for Health IT, a post she has held since January 2014.
10:53 am April 29, 2015
Interoperability has been part of the healthcare lexicon for at least a couple of decades. Today, however, true interoperability does not seem to be happening at the scale nor the speed the industry needs.
10:28 am April 20, 2015
One of the more troublesome measures of Stage 2 meaningful use has been the requirement that providers get at least five percent of their patients to view download or transmit their digitized health information. That may soon change.
12:41 pm April 16, 2015
In her keynote Thursday morning at HIMSS15, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, said it's now time to "focus beyond adoption" of health IT and create an interoperable, learning health system "upon the strong foundation we all have built."
10:13 am April 10, 2015
ONC is "becoming increasingly concerned" about reports of vendors and providers engaged in data blocking practices, "which devalue taxpayer investments in health IT and are fundamentally incompatible with efforts to transform the nation's health system."
10:50 am April 09, 2015
Comments to ONC on its draft interoperability roadmap start out with expressions of support, but continue with the nitty-gritty details of implementation -- putting a spotlight on the complexity of achieving something that's so far eluded healthcare.
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.