In the last full year of the Obama administration, federal policymakers remain so focused on interoperability that an annual gathering hosted by the top national IT office leans hard on the issue.
Obama administration officials kicked off HIMSS16 with a pledge from major industry players to promote patients' access to their own EHRs, eschew data-blocking and use federal standards to promote interoperability. But will it matter any more than previous promises?
Experimentation. Disruption. Innovation. The spirit of change was in the air at last week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual meeting in Las Vegas.
Andy Slavitt and Dr. Karen DeSalvo played good cop, bad cop at HIMSS. She emphasized “remarkable progress” providers have made in adopting EHRs. He countered that physicians still struggle to use them.
A proposed rule would allow HHS' health IT agency to review how EHR systems interact with other technology products to prevent what it calls "data blocking" and protect patients from medical errors and data breaches.
From my perspective, health information technology today serves as a primary catalyst and strategic asset for change benefiting patients, especially in three vital areas—payment reform, technology interoperability and telehealth.
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.
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.