In announcing a joint effort with the American Medical Association to ease the transition to ICD-10 for providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday essentially sounded the death knell for the possibility of a fourth delay.
The emergence of mega-suite vendors, more use of the cloud, increases in data breach frequency and cost and big data privacy impacts make healthcare IT vendor arrangements more complex. Addressing key legal and business issues during the RFP and contracting process reduces risks and helps minimize expensive change orders.
For years, federal officials have given the U.S. departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs flak for failing to make their electronic health record systems interoperable. The decibel level of such complaints rose astronomically following a February 2013 decision to abandon development of a joint EHR, and has grown deafening in recent months as the push for interoperability of all health records systems continues to gain steam throughout the halls of Congress.
In Hollywood, studio executives have a tendency to milk every drop out of a movie franchise until its appeal dries up and withers away. Nowhere is this more evident than in the horror genre, where shark attacks have been reduced to a punchline, and masked serial killers continue to breathe oxygen after a countless number of deaths.
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.