Electronic health records were supposed to lower administrative costs, but they may not be getting the job done, according to the study. Administrators and clinicians sometimes spend more than an hour on billing and insurance activities for a single visit.
As required by the 21st Century Cures Act, the two agencies are meeting with clinicians and others to discuss the burdens that may arise from using EHRs.
President Donald Trump's budget wish list included a $22 million cut to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a move that could limit the agency's ability to push health IT adoption.
The most recent budget legislation included a provision that expands Medicare reimbursement of telemedicine, which industry groups and providers say will push adoption.
A provision in the funding bill Congress just passed means meaningful-use requirements no longer have to become stricter over time.
The role of federal CIO is currently filled by an acting official, just as it is in several federal agencies, including the VA.
Though ransomware continues to strike more often, health IT users can take steps to make sure they react well when it hits.
The feature relies on the FHIR set of standards, long touted in healthcare as part of the way to greater interoperability.
Randy McCleese was honored for bringing the voice of rural providers to critical policy discussions on health IT.
The kidney dialysis firm is shifting its physician customers off its homegrown solution, Falcon Platinum, to an Epic EHR, which it hopes will offer greater interoperability.
Kathryn Marchesini will be the ONC's new chief privacy officer, taking over after Deven McGraw resigned and left the position vacant in late 2017.
Cerner has appointed Brent Shafer its new CEO and chairman of the board of directors. Shafer comes to Cerner from Philips North America.