Remember the adage, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it?" Well, that appears to be the case again, this time with health information exchanges (HIEs), which are running into some of the same rough waters as the electronic health records before them.
Health information exchange organizations are showing that they can be a support to providers, particularly in meeting Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, according to a new survey from the Health Information and Management Systems Society. The survey, a follow-up to one from 2013, collected data from 19 of the original 23 participating public and private HIE organizations.
Great Britain's National Health Service has revealed that it disregarded tens of thousands of requests by patients to opt out of a new centralized patient record database because the opt out would have affected the treatment that patients received.
Congress has made clear that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's priority should be on interoperability, ordering the agency to change how it certifies electronic health records so that non-interoperable products don't make the cut.
An experienced team, robust and accurate documentation and communication are all crucial elements for sharing complex health data sets across large collaborative research networks, according to new case study published this week in the journal eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services continues to employ the strategy of encouraging the adoption of electronic health records without relying on the Meaningful Use program, this time by putting major emphasis on EHRs and interoperability into its new Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative.
Providers are continuing to adopt electronic health records and share patient data, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will continue to support these efforts, according to their annual report to Congress on the HITECH Act.
Disease registries can be created by different physician practices using separate electronic health record systems despite challenges, according to a new case study reported in eGEMS (generating evidence and methods to improve patient outcomes).
The governance subgroup of the federal government's Health IT Policy Committee this week pinpointed problems in the health information exchange ecosystem based on several factors, including severity and commonness, the impact on private and secure exchange and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's ability to solve such problems.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' 2015 provider payment rules, many of which have been released this month, are receiving a lot of attention. But I'm surprised that one of the most consistent themes throughout them--"EHR creep"--has received very little publicity.