Modern Healthcare recently hosted a webinar that featured a leadership panel willing to share their views on the importance of health IT systems, the challenges associated with implementation and their advice for other accountable care organizations. Here is an edited transcript of that discussion.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and George Washington University Hospital are being sued by patients who said they were charged thousands of dollars to obtain medical records. A lawsuit claims the hospitals violated District of Columbia consumer protection laws.
Hospitals are on multiple pathways, and each is at a different starting point and moving at a different speed, depending on the community and market in which it operates. But all are engaged in massive experimentation, writes American Hospital Association CEO Rick Pollack.
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.
Medical devices now measure and track many types of clinical information about patients. But few of these devices can communicate with others. Instead, healthcare workers must manually transfer data from the devices to patients' electronic health records.
Healthcare groups support plans to delay Stage 3 of the meaningful-use rules because they need to be harmonized with the recently passed Medicare physician payment reforms.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, on Wednesday called for a delay and a phased-in implementation of Stage 3 of the electronic health-records program.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee on Wednesday will continue its probe into federal health information technology efforts by exploring how patients can improve their care by accessing their own medical records.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee will hold a hearing this week to discuss the ways in which patients might access their medical records to help improve their own healthcare.
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.
Some say a former hospital CEO's allegation of anticompetitive activity by Partners HealthCare and its electronic health-record vendor points to the broader problem of barriers to EHR interoperability.