Health IT products such as electronic health records and clinical decision support systems should be subject to a risk-based oversight framework that weighs factors such as "risk relative to intended use" with the intent to bring about patient safety, according to Scott MacLean, Chair of the HIMSS Board of Directors, and HIMSS President and CEO Steve Lieber.
While Monday's Consumer Health IT Summit in Washington, D.C., helped to kick off this year's National Health IT Week with a bang, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' launch of its Meaningful Consent site brought increased attention to the issue of patient engagement, several other announcements and events helped to shape the week, as well.
"What can we do to expand upon the current promise of telemedicine?" With that question, attorney Jessica Rosenworcel, commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, kicked off the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Policy Summit in Washington D.C. early Thursday morning.
While investments in healthcare IT tools have the potential to pay off "in ways we can't even think of," first, such funding first must be focused in the right areas, according to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who spoke Wednesday at a press conference as part of the HIMSS HIT Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. during National Health IT Week.
This appears to be our summer of discontent when it comes to Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program, as the Jan. 1, 2014, start date looms ever closer. A number of stakeholders decided it was time to weigh in and suggest that Stage 2 be somehow delayed, modified, or both. I'm not sure whether HHS should delay implementation of Stage 2 in whole or in part, or whether it should soften the requirements. Arguments surely can be made on both sides.
Stage 2 of Meaningful Use should start as scheduled, but the attestation period for its first year should be extended, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
Electronic health record provider athenahealth's recently published Physician Sentiment Index report finds that although most physicians believe EHRs can improve outcomes, more than half also say that the cost of such tools outweighs their benefit.
The acceleration of interoperability of electronic health data hinges less on changes to technology and more on payment and cultural changes in the industry, according to HIMSS President and CEO H. Stephen Lieber.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society today unveiled a resource aimed at helping providers and payers evaluate the impact of their technology decisions.
State level governance efforts for storing and exchanging citizen data--including health information--are "shaky at best," according to Chad Grant, a senior policy analyst with the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.