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Dr. Karen DeSalvo to leave ONC if confirmed for new HHS post

Dr. Karen DeSalvo to leave ONC if confirmed for new HHS post

By Darius Tahir  |  May 06, 2015

The White House has nominated Dr. Karen DeSalvo to be assistant secretary for health at HHS. If confirmed by the Senate, DeSalvo would leave her post as head of the department's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The Top 25 Women in Healthcare: Gender diversity a work in progress

The Top 25 Women in Healthcare: Gender diversity a work in progress

By Melanie Evans  |  April 25, 2015

For women who aspire to healthcare's executive-level roles, advanced education and the willingness to take risks may not be enough. Surveys of corporate leadership and healthcare management point to a continued, though narrowing, disparity of women to men in leadership roles.

Healthcare should emulate banks on IT interoperability

Healthcare should emulate banks on IT interoperability

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

Bruce Smith, senior vice president of information systems and chief information officer at Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care, discusses the challenges of having multiple EHR systems in his organization, Advocate's readiness for the conversion to ICD-10 coding, and his views on federal...

ONC fail: EHR 'data blocking' still rampant

By Joseph Conn  |  April 17, 2015

More than five years after Congress mandated HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to establish a “governance mechanism” for seamless health information exchange, the agency earlier this month confirmed that widespread “data blocking” still existed, largely...

Interoperability—A dream deferred

Interoperability—A dream deferred

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 17, 2015

Most Americans who receive care at more than one location still don't have their “complete” record in front of their attending physician. Heck, most providers can't or won't even send their patients' electronic records across town, much less to a neighboring state or across the country.

Blog: Federal officials take health IT victory lap

By Darius Tahir  |  April 16, 2015

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, HHS' top health information technology official, and acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt closed the HIMSS conference by cataloging the achievements of the Obama administration but also delivering sober assessments of IT challenges that lie ahead.

Video: ONC head Dr. Karen DeSalvo on setting health data free

Video: ONC head Dr. Karen DeSalvo on setting health data free

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 15, 2015

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the head of HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, says it's time to take the data created by the sweeping adoption of electronic health records and set it free. Her office is under pressure to make that happen.

Still not talking: Health IT interoperability remains elusive

Still not talking: Health IT interoperability remains elusive

By Joseph Conn  |  April 11, 2015

Interoperability of electronic health records remains a bridge too far for many providers, despite more than a decade of federal emphasis on information exchange and $29.1 billion spent on federal EHR incentive payments tied to requirements mandating interoperable systems.

ONC outlines plans to curb EHR 'blocking'

By Darius Tahir  |  April 11, 2015

A government report released last week slammed providers and health information technology vendors for a pattern of business practices that are effectively blocking the easy transfer of electronic health records.

Feds criticized for lax oversight of health IT

Feds criticized for lax oversight of health IT

By Darius Tahir  |  April 04, 2015

Critics say HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has a conflict of interest as it both promotes EHR adoption through federal incentive payments to providers and oversees the safety of those products.

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