You have to spend money to save money. On the face of it, that statement is counter-intuitive, but it's why the government has pumped millions into programs such as Meaningful Use, interoperability efforts, health data privacy and security and healthcare quality improvement. However, the sequestration cuts about to go into effect for some healthcare agencies and programs will allow the healthcare industry--and the government agencies that regulate and promote it--to test an alternate theory: To save money, you have to spend less money.
The problem of healthcare information technology usability continues to persist, but according to a session given by two informatics professionals at the recent Healthcare and Information Management...
With all of the attention the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in New Orleans this week is receiving, did you also know that this week is Patient Safety Awareness Week? Somehow that's not getting the same fanfare in my emails or on my Twitter feed. While the two events are not connected, though, each has paid some homage to the other.
For the second year in a row, staffing was identified as the most significant barrier to IT implementation by health IT professionals responding to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual leadership survey.
The health IT safety action plan proposed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in December is not specific enough to succeed, according to recent comments made by the Texas Medical Association. In its letter to National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, TMA said that responsibility for the plan "lacks focus," and should be overseen by a "highly visible HIT Safety Czar."
Calling the transition to ICD-10 "foundational to healthcare transformation" in the U.S., officials from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society recently pressed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to remain committed to its Oct. 1, 2014 adoption date.
Both the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the American Hospital Association sent letters to National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari this week commenting on ONC's draft plan on patient safety, published in December. While both organizations, for the most part, supported ONC's suggestions, each had a few recommended changes.
Heading to HIMSS13? Join FierceHealthIT and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives on March 6 for an executive breakfast panel discussion: Using Predictive Analytics to Improve Care and efficiencies .
The 2013 Health Information Management and Systems Society conference is still more than a month away, so it's a little early to preview the show. But I've been thinking about what trends and issues are likely to dominate the conversation, nevertheless.
With the Meaningful Use Stages 1 and 2 rules focused on electronic health records, healthcare industry observers are starting to look ahead to Stage 3 and its implications for mHealth.