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What If EMRs Worked Like Wikipedia?

Nick Dawson | The Health Care Blog | February 5, 2014

I’ve been thinking about EMRs, electronic medical records, lately. It’s a subject, despite some professional experience, I don’t feel particularly close to...And, as a patient I see them largely as an opaque blob of data about me with a placating window in the form of a portal.

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2012 Predictions: Big Data is King in Healthcare (Patient Privacy is its Jester)

Dr. Westby G. Fisher | Med City News | December 26, 2011

As the New Year begins, I suspect we will first see more of the same: more market consolidation with larger hospitals eating smaller, financially’strapped hospitals and doctors throwing in the towels of financial independence in favor of corporate employment or retirement. Read More »

6 Reasons To Plan Architecture For Interoperability

John Loonsk | Government Health IT | September 23, 2014

Nearly $26 billion spent, and the U.S. healthcare industry is still asking why information doesn’t move more easily between electronic health records.  That’s a loaded question, of course, and suggesting a ten-year timeframe or arguing that there is progress if you look hard enough just doesn’t answer it...

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A Fork in the Road at HIMSS13: How Patients & Payment Are Forcing 'Open' Health IT

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | iHealthBeat | March 11, 2013

This year feels like a fork in the road at HIMSS13, with disruptive forces of patients, digital health, mobility and open standards driving innovation and renewed energy at the annual conference...Without transparency (in health IT and health finance) and data liquidity, bending the cost curve will continue to elude the U.S. health system. Read More »

Amid adoption Inroads, Texas Looks To Statewide HIT

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | July 10, 2013

When the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) last studied the state’s health IT landscape in 2009, there was fairly broad consensus about the potential benefits of IT, “but provider adoption rates accelerated slowly and many communities lacked the unified visions needed to create and sustain the infrastructure to share records between organizations' [...]. Read More »

Arizona: Where Healthcare and Immigration Intersect

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | February 28, 2012

All of which is causing a serious deterioration of the healthcare system in Arizona and putting the burden on health centers that – despite having what Plese describes as “very sophisticated health IT, EHRs and in some instances ePrescribing” – are challenged by several funding reductions amid the onslaught of residents being dropped from Medicaid.

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Big Health Advances in Small Packages: report from the third annual Medical Device Connectivity conference

Andy Oram | O'Reilly Radar | September 9, 2011

At some point, all of us are likely to owe our lives--or our quality of life--to a medical device. Yesterday I had the chance to attend the third annual Medical Device Connectivity conference, where manufacturers, doctors, and administrators discussed how to get all these monitors, pumps, and imaging machines to work together for better patient care. Read More »

CHIME Asks ONC to Rethink NwHIN

Jeff Smith | Healthcare Informatics | July 5, 2012

CHIME submitted comments this week to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, responding to the agency’s vision for nationwide health information exchange.  ONC officials in May released a Request for Information (RFI) that sought feedback on how to establish a governance mechanism for the nationwide health information network (NwHIN). Read More »

Commentary: Meaningful Use of Health Information Exchange?

Dr. John Loonsk | Government Health IT | October 3, 2011

The title of this article is pure jargon, but does express the issue at hand. An alternative title “The Most Important Health Policy Decision Hidden as an Obscure Health IT Technical Evaluation that You May Never Have Heard of,” would have also been accurate, but is grammatically unsound and too flippant for an important subject. Read More »

Halamka on the November HIT Standards Committee

The November HIT Standards Committee included a comprehensive review of the CMS Meaningful Use Stage 3/Modification Rule and the ONC 2015 Certification Rule.
We begin the meeting with a presentation from Robert Anthony of the Meaningful Use Stage 3 and Modification Rule. A robust discussion followed. Issued raised as those similar to the ones I identified in previous blog posts. The main concern was the alignment of the CMS Meaningful Use rule with future pay for performance criteria that will be part of MACRA/Merit-based Payment Incentive programs.

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Halamka: Advice to the New National Coordinator

Karen DeSalvo started as the new National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology on January 13, 2014.  After my brief discussion with her last week, I can already tell she's a good listener, aware of the issues, and is passionate about using healthcare IT as a tool to improve population health...What advice would I give her, given the current state of healthcare IT stakeholders?

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Health Information Exchange Resist Cures (Part 2)

Andy Oram | EMR & EHR | March 23, 2016

The previous section of this paper introduced problems found in HIE by two reports: one from the Office of the National Coordinator and another from experts at the Oregon Health & Science University. Tracing the causes of these problems is necessarily somewhat speculative, but the research helps to confirm impressions I have built up over the years. The ONC noted that developing HIE is very resource intensive, and not yet sustainable. (p. 6) I attribute these problems to the persistence of the old-fashioned, heavyweight model of bureaucratic, geographically limited organizations hooking together clinicians. (If you go to another state, better carry your medical records with you.) Evidence of their continued drag on the field appeared in the report...

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Health IT Orthodoxy after the Supreme Court

John Loonsk | Government Health IT | July 2, 2012

The focus of ACA attention will turn to results or repeal. And while a different decision could have had ACA become a weight on HITECH and health information technology (HIT), the principally bi-partisan nature of the HIT agenda should now refocus attention almost exclusively on results for it. Read More »

Health IT Taking Flight – What Is in Store for the Year Ahead

Farzad Mostashari,MD | Healthcare IT News | January 31, 2012

Earlier this month, I wrote about some of the most important and notable highlights in the world of health IT and ONC over the past year. The achievements of 2011 built on hard work and progress, which has been underway for many years.The HITECH Act is helping to accelerate this momentum—like a turbocharger in a racecar. Read More »

HIMSS 2012 in Retrospect – From Patient Engagement to Big Data. Viva Las Vegas or Tumbling Dice?

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Health Populi | February 24, 2012

The record attendance at HIMSS12, in terms of both attendees (numbering some 38,000) and exhibitors, illustrated just how hot health information technology has become in the 20 years since I first began attending this meeting — when it was only a few thousand hospital computer geeks and materials managers picking up pocket protectors and calculators from vendors. Read More »