Connecting monitoring devices and EHRs is likely to become a growth business over the next decade. Once they do start communicating, together they could also help clinicians improve care and raise hospital productivity.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Federal health IT officials are calling out providers and technology vendors for business practices that block the electronic transfer of patient information.
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.