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HIMSS' interoperability: another year, another promise

HIMSS' interoperability: another year, another promise

By Joseph Conn  |  March 05, 2016

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?

Searching for green shoots at HIMSS conference

Searching for green shoots at HIMSS conference

By Merrill Goozner  |  March 05, 2016

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.

Health IT provides tools to drive change, improve care

Health IT provides tools to drive change, improve care

By H. Stephen Lieber  |  February 27, 2016

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.

Former ONC policy chief Jodi Daniel heads to D.C. law firm

Former ONC policy chief Jodi Daniel heads to D.C. law firm

By Joseph Conn  |  October 20, 2015

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.

ONC doesn't cover much new ground in revised interoperability road map

By Joseph Conn  |  October 06, 2015

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.

Daniel leaving as longtime director of ONC policy office

Daniel leaving as longtime director of ONC policy office

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 26, 2015

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.

Blog: Jodi Daniel lists her 'greatest hits' at ONC

Blog: Jodi Daniel lists her 'greatest hits' at ONC

By Joseph Conn  |  September 23, 2015

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.

New federal health IT strategy focuses on individuals

By Joseph Conn  |  September 21, 2015

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.

Meaningful use of EHRs by doctors fell in 2014

Meaningful use of EHRs by doctors fell in 2014

By Joseph Conn  |  August 12, 2015

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.

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