There is no better time than right now to be a CIO in healthcare because we are at the core of change.
Battle lines are being drawn between Meaningful Use Stage 3 supporters and those not so keen on some or all of the newly proposed rules.
As details continue to emerge following the recent hack attacks on payers Anthem and Premera--in which information for close to 90 million consumers combined may have been put at risk--perhaps the most disturbing revelation of all is that, in both instances, neither entity appears to truly take security seriously.
It seems as if finally--after three delays and endless back-and-forth arguments about merits, costs and complexities—the transition to ICD-10 will happen this October. To briefly recap:
- First, the deadline was set for October 2011. Then this happened in January 2009
- Then, the deadline was set for October 2013. Then this happened in February 2012
- Then, the deadline was pushed back to October 2014. Then this came out of left field last spring
Will the fourth time be the charm?
Federal health information technology efforts received a proverbial shot in the arm last week when President Obama unveiled his proposed budget for FY2016 last week.
Much of the tone regarding healthcare at this year's international Consumer Electronics Show focused on ensuring the safety of consumer data shared via wearable devices and other technologies, with both HIMSS (via its Personal Connected Health Alliance) and the Federal Trade Commission speaking out about looming privacy risks.
Still, that didn't take away from the bevy of innovative new tools on display in Las Vegas last week.
Throughout 2014, telemedicine continued to make inroads for patient care efforts. For instance, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in its final physician fee schedule rule posted last fall, agreed to cover a majority of services proposed in July, including psychotherapy and annual wellness visits.