With the government breathing down developers' necks to achieve more interoperability for electronic health records, a dozen competing executives stopped hissing and clawing at each other long enough to agree on a way to survey and measure IT's holy grail.
Jodi Daniel, who spent a decade shaping policy for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, has joined the Washington, D.C., law firm of Crowell & Moring as a partner in its healthcare group.
The federal government has released its final vision on how to achieve widespread interoperability of electronic health-record systems. “The road map should be familiar to many who have been involved” thus far, ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo said.
Jodi Daniel is stepping down as Director of the Office of Policy in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS where she has served for 10 years. Daniel's last day at ONC is Oct. 9. Her deputy for the past year, Elise Anthony, will become the acting director.
Among them are e-prescribing and navigating various Stark and anti-kickback exemptions for hospitals and health systems that subsidize the cost of extending their EHR systems to office-based physicians, Daniel said.
The new federal health IT plan focuses less on the implementation of IT systems and more on patients and their healthcare. “As an administration, we're putting the person at the center of their own health data," ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo said.
Despite federal rules meant to ease the use of electronic health-record systems, many developers of popular EHRs are falling down on reporting and meeting federal design requirements, according to research published in JAMA.
Participation by office-based physicians in the electronic health-record incentive payment program waned significantly in 2014, the program's fourth year, as clinicians faced system upgrades and tougher requirements.
The U.S. military's giant EHR contract announced last week with a consortium including Cerner Corp. likely will have a major impact on advancing interoperability in health information technology across the entire U.S. healthcare system, experts say.
A key Senate leader said his committee will push to delay implementation of the Obama administration's Stage 3 rules for meaningful use of electronic health records.
American Medical Association President Dr. Steven Stack discusses the AMA's position on possible changes to the ACA, its stance on electronic health record meaningful-use rules, and his views on regulating surprise out-of-network medical bills.
A Senate panel Tuesday will hold its second hearing in six days on problems with the federal initiative to expand the use of electronic health records.