In the five years since the HITECH Act was passed into law as part of the Affordable Care Act, Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, believes that despite some privacy and security wins, the healthcare industry's knowledge of the law continues to lag.
The Comptroller General of the United States and the head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has appointed three new members to ONC's Health IT Policy Committee. David Kotz, Ph.D.,...
Despite news Thursday that support for H.R. 408--the Republican-sponsored House bill aimed at cutting $2.5 trillion in federal spending over the next decade--could mean the repeal of the Meaningful
We're taking our annual publisher's holiday next week, so this is the last issue of FierceHealthIT for 2010. It's been quite a year. Even with the economy mired in a jobless recovery and political
It's been a busy year in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and for health IT in general. "It's been a whirlwind of activity. Many of you have spent many
Hospital CIOs are rapidly losing confidence in their organization's ability to qualify early for federal subsidies for "meaningful use" of EMRs, according to an updated survey from the College of
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is kicking off a long-promised but slightly delayed program to help hospitals with home-grown, modified or aging EMR/EHR systems meet
Is it an attempt by a partisan news organization to stir up fear of Big Brother, or are there legitimate concerns about the privacy of EMRs in the age of WikiLeaks? Probably a little bit of both.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is offering 10 grants worth a total of $16.3 million for state-designated health information exchanges to develop replicable
You've no doubt heard countless times that an EMR is a journey, not a destination. It needs to be part of a movement toward continuous quality improvement. Few organizations understand this better