The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange has issued a report on the state of the art of healthcare information technology focusing on cloud computing, smartphones and other wireless devices and mobile healthcare applications.
The report identifies how today's technology creates new opportunities to improve efficiency in the healthcare system and lower the cost of care. The report also looked at the challenges faced by the industry in applying these new technologies.
More than 200 volunteers from the healthcare industry and government worked on the project, according to Reston, Va.-based WEDI. The workgroup was founded in 1991 by then-HHS Secretary Dr. Louis Sullivan and was designated as a health IT adviser to HHS by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Its 1993 recommendations led to inclusion of the “administrative simplification” section of HIPAA, which includes the “transactions and code sets” provisions, an attempt to bring standardization to electronic healthcare transactions.