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.
As payers and providers increase their collaboration to launch more value-based care programs, they must establish strong partnerships to ensure the relationships, reported Health Data Management. Paul Taylor, an internal medicine physician at Mercy Health, shared three steps payers can take to enhance providers' performance in value-based programs.
Congress has delved yet again into data sharing of health IT, considering a bill that would require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make recommendations regarding the structure and scope of clinical data registries.
As more health data becomes available, many issues will arise regarding patient security and privacy of information, according to Micky Tripathi, president and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative.
While it will take several years to measure the true effect of accountable care organizations, investments in technology and data sharing could accelerate the model's success.
While electronic health records are changing how lab data is transmitted and displayed, variations in design, functionality and an ability to share that data can cause preventable patient safety risks, such as misdiagnoses, treatment delays and inappropriate treatment, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).