By Edmund Billings, MD 08:13 am May 10, 2013
A question: What is the opposite of health IT return on investment? The answer: Unintended financial consequences, or UFCs, for short.
By David Harlow 09:02 am March 08, 2013
Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, announced the release of an ONC RFI at HIMSS March 6, entitled "Advancing Interoperability and Health Information Exchange," in order to identify ways in which ONC may accelerate interoperability of EMRs without any additional statutory or regulatory authority.
By Vikram Sukthankar 10:33 am February 13, 2013
Improving the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare is a national priority. While clinical quality measures have been around for some time, they are now taking center stage through federal, state and commercial quality/pay for performance (P4P) initiatives.
By Farzad Mostashari, MD 01:28 pm January 23, 2013
Today, as in last year’s New Year blog post, I will share with you a few of the ways in which ONC has interacted with you to meet its mission and mandate over the past year.
By Kate Ackerman 08:41 am July 25, 2012
Older physicians are less likely to use an electronic health record system than their younger counterparts. A recent Health Affairs study found that in 2011 30.8% of physicians older than age 55 were using a basic EHR system, compared with 40% of doctors younger than age 40 and 35.5% of doctors ages 40 to 55.
By Farzad Mostashari, MD 09:00 am January 10, 2012
I would like to highlight ten of this year's most notable developments in the world of health information technology and ONC.
By David Harlow 09:19 am August 15, 2011
Partners Health Care (the dominant provider network in Greater Boston) and Neighborhood Health Plan (a local mostly-Medicaid HMO) just announced that the former intends to acquire the latter, and maintain it as a separate operating entity.
By Kelly Mehler 01:58 pm July 15, 2011
President Barack Obama seems desperate for a compromise with Republicans over the debt ceiling. In a press conference on Monday, he once again agreed to consider cuts in social security and Medicare.
By James Ellis and Aaron Razavi 08:14 am June 20, 2011
A new Health and Human Services (HHS) initiative, Partnership for Patients, is calling hospitals to focus on nine specific types of medical errors where the potential is great for increased care.
By David Kibbe 02:33 pm October 30, 2009
Much of the conversation and debate about physician EHR adoption has centered on the single issue of the (high) cost of purchase. However, we'd like to suggest that the situation is much more complex and involves several more subtle variables.

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