"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.
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...