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EHR safety goes to court

EHR safety goes to court

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 25, 2016

A recently filed lawsuit alleging that a faulty electronic health record system caused patient harm may be among the first in a wave of such cases, even though most experts say the latest EHR systems are better designed than older models.

Blog: The IT holy grail remains out of policymakers' hands

By Joseph Conn  |  May 26, 2016

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.

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.

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.

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