As a STEM kid in the 1960s, nothing inspired me more than President John F. Kennedy's 1961 vow to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
After years of saddling their customers and outside firms with substantial fees for interfaces and other costs for interoperability, vendors of electronic health-record systems are now engaged in what looks like an interoperability price war.
ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo stopped short of denouncing a recently released CMS proposed rule that patient-engagement advocates say is a step backward for their cause. Instead, she hopes a “call to action” by Dr. Farzad Mostashari seeking to force the CMS to walk back the proposed rule...
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.
Jitin Asnaani, executive director of the CommonWell Health Alliance, says the vendor collective is giving members a low-cost way to allow customers to exchange healthcare data among software products.
Dr. Farzad Mostashari has come out against a provision in a proposed CMS rule that would significantly weaken a requirement for healthcare providers to promote patient access to their healthcare information.
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.
The value of health information technology covers much more than those five words might imply. All of us, as members of the healthcare community, strive to find and use the most effective tools and methods to improve patient care.
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.
The healthcare industry is being haunted by past delays in its preparations for the planned conversion this fall to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes, according to the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.
HHS' road map for improving the electronic exchange of health data omits a prescriptive route to its destination. That's a good thing, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Other parts of the plan are cause for concern, the trade group says.
Hospitals may want to devote more attention to the power of social media, according to a recent study looking at the correlation between hospitals' Facebook ratings and how well they performed on 30-day readmission rates.