Dr. Ashish Jha and his fellow Harvard researchers have discovered an unusual market niche—taking grant money from the feds and then handing them back tales of woe.
It worked for Jha and friends when they presented outgoing HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt with some awful truths at the end of his watch about the lack of provider adoption of electronic health-record systems.
They did it again to then-newly appointed Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology chief Dr. David Blumenthal, reporting that despite the federal government's best efforts, the national needle for EHR use had moved only slightly.
This week, Harvard's bad-news bunch did it again. They looked at the state of regional health information exchanges. They found that the information exchange organization babies—many of which the federal government has conceived since 2004 and all of which it is counting on to serve as the loci for a nationwide health information exchange network—remain sickly and weak and may never wean themselves off the bottles of federal, state and local grants.