At a recent congressional hearing focusing on electronic health record interoperability--or lack, thereof--between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) said to officials from both agencies that after nearly two decades of failed efforts to play nicely together, and billions of dollars spent, perhaps it's time to punish noncompliance of federal requests. In theory, that idea makes sense. But it will be difficult to achieve.
Listening back to testimony delivered by Intel's Eric Dishman and others last week at a Senate committee hearing on improving consumer access to electronic health records, it's clear that the Office of the National Coordinator's decision to focus more on the patient in its updated federal health IT strategy is the right one.
For many patients, access and affordability often are the most important determinants as to where, when and how they will receive care. To that end, CVS Health's status as a disruptor in the healthcare industry continues to grow.
According to recent research from the National Quality Forum, providers are struggling to make good use of their data. Challenges cited in the report include leveraging data for benchmarking and quality improvement and ensuring data are meaningful and clinically relevant.
All of those hurdles represent patient lives and money being left on the table. To that end, health systems would be wise to consider hiring a chief data officer.
In 2013, nearly 44 million adults suffered from at least one form of a mental illness. Furthermore, nearly 10 million adults also suffered from a mental illness that was severe enough to hinder at least one "major life activity." Clearly, the need for behavioral healthcare across the country has never been greater. And in today's constantly connected, digitally fueled world, neither has the need for tools and technologies designed to treat those who are suffering.