Everyone knows the drill of going to the doctor's office or hospital, being handed a clipboard and writing answers to a list of questions about your identity, health status and insurance. Now there's a multistakeholder initiative to automate that process.
Federal officials and people representing a wide swath of the healthcare industry met this week to begin tackling the thorny issue of how to automate the patient intake process.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has adopted a new strategic plan that seeks to keep up the momentum of health IT adoption while taking steps to improve the penetration of information technology beyond hospitals and physician practices.
Lucia Savage, the new chief privacy officer at ONC, said she'll be looking for “the right balance of rules between our need as a society to have better information” to keep costs under control and improve care and protect patient privacy.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT within HHS announced on Tuesday several changes to its advisory committees.
The nation's chief health information technology officer will continue to serve in that role while also helping lead HHS' public health efforts, including its response to the Ebola virus outbreak, according to an official government blog.
Providers should plan to demonstrate patient-safety benefits attributable to their increasing use of healthcare technology, said experts at a panel at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives fall meeting in San Antonio.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, news of Dr. Karen DeSalvo's departure from the top job at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has been somewhat exaggerated.
Healthcare accelerator Rock Health is predicting big advances for startups and healthcare providers using personalized, predictive analytic tools. The firm has observed $1.9 billion in venture dollars pouring into the subsector since 2011, with major venture capital firms keeping active.
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology at HHS, is leaving that position to become acting assistant secretary of health, effective immediately, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology confirmed Thursday.
The appointment Thursday of Dr. Karen DeSalvo as acting assistant secretary of health leaves the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, already hit hard by key staff departures, further depleted.
Representatives of hospitals and the Food and Drug Administration will examine whether various technologies are effective in keeping patients out of the hospital at the upcoming ECRI Institute annual conference in Washington.