09:54 am February 18, 2013
Multiple models of health information exchange are at work, with varying degrees of success. At least one critic calls the nationwide network of HIEs an "unmitigated disaster," while proponents in the trenches say it will take time for the the systems and standards to mature, and also to work through some very complicated issues, policy and...
07:23 am February 15, 2013
The Obama administration is forging ahead with a multi-billion dollar plan to shift from paper to electronic medical records, despite continuing concerns the program may be prompting some doctors and hospitals to improperly bill higher fees to Medicare.
10:22 am February 07, 2013
At a Feb. 6 meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, MD, said that, by and large, electronic health record vendors have their customers' best interests at heart. But to the few who don't, he gave a stern warning: Abide by what is "moral and right," or face more regulation.
09:58 am February 06, 2013
Leaders of healthcare policy encouraged the industry to move ahead faster during a keynote address at the National Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 4 "...help us speed up the rate of change," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius encouraged conference attendees.
07:33 am January 31, 2013
The business value for providers and patients is what will drive health information exchange forward, even though most discussions typically center on the technology involved. And different uses for exchange will require different technologies.
12:00 am January 30, 2013
In a November Congressional hearing, National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, told the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation that the implementation of meaningful use was meant to be challenging. "This is a long road," Mostashari said.
12:00 am January 30, 2013
It takes a rare and altruistic person to truly and deeply care about an issue before it directly affects their life. As a journalist, I would like to believe I care that much about what I report. I am obviously immersed in the subject of healthcare IT and have been for more than six years; I find it fascinating.
12:34 pm January 28, 2013
You don't get the star power of a former U.S. president, the leader of one of the country's most respected hospitals, a world renowned cardiologist, the country's health IT chief, and two highly charged and high-powered political debaters, by leaving things to chance.
08:28 am January 28, 2013
If someone were to ask you to attend all the sessions at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition where a government official is speaking, the first thing you would have to ask is: do I have enough time in my schedule? There are at least 25 such sessions in all.
06:50 am January 28, 2013
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has begun listening sessions to identify and understand the experience and barriers of organizations as they prepare to scale up health information exchange.