Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell believes that despite the progress of the Meaningful Use incentive program to put electronic health records in the hands of hospitals and clinicians, much work remains to ensure the healthcare system is truly open.
The industry should not give up on health information exchanges, which are still evolving and "making progress," according to a new viewpoint article in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Gathering details on patient preferences when it comes to their personal data is the first step providers must take to ensuring they build "the relationship needed to support lifelong data use and sharing," Carolyn Peterson, senior regulatory specialist at Mayo Clinic, writes in a viewpoint at eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).
Efforts such as the Blue Button initiative and the Department of Health and Human Services' recent information sharing pledge represent progress for patients in an evolving healthcare landscape, according to a blog post by three federal policy staffers.
Since its inception in the spring of 2013, the ComonWell Health Alliance, which enables data exchange for vendor members at healthcare organizations nationwide, has grown to more than 40 members, including founding members Cerner, Allscripts, athenahealth, McKesson, Greenway Health, Evident and Sunquest. While Executive Director Jitin Asnaani is optimistic for the potential of future growth, he's also realistic about the alliance's expectations going forward.
LAS VEGAS-- A day after Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell unveiled a public-private commitment to improve health data sharing efforts, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said he would not be bashful in the face of optimism about expressing what steps must be taken to better the industry.
I've expressed concern before about research on electronic health records that misses the mark. But often the problem lies not just in the spin given to a study but the questions it engenders....
Health and Human Services Department Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell discussed the agency's latest data sharing effort while also revealing information on a forthcoming cybersecurity task force during Monday's opening keynote session at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Las Vegas.
Leaders from across the industry have identified six "common-sense solutions" to improve the U.S. healthcare system, touching on subjects including data interoperability, Medicare payment policies and care of chronically ill patients, according to a report released Wednesday.
Canada's experience with electronic medical records continues to mirror that of the United States, with increased adoption of the systems by primary care physicians (PCPs) but less data sharing, according to the Commonwealth Fund's 2015 International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.