There's been considerable interest in expanding the scope of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory, but very little consistency regarding how, according to the Health IT Standards Committee Advisory Task Force.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continues to prod providers into adopting electronic health records and electronic data sharing, this time in its proposed 2016 payment rule for end stage renal disease facilities.
As the healthcare industry becomes increasingly technology-focused, leaders without a background in tech may find it overwhelming. That's why it's essential they understand several key terms and concepts, according to Managed Healthcare Executive.
Neither patients nor their electronic health records are commodities, and they should not be treated as such, according to Nebraska family physician Robert Wergin, M.D., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, in a blog post for The Hill.
Both health information exchanges (HIEs) and providers' needs regarding them have evolved since HIEs were first launched, according to a new report from NORC at the University of Chicago researchers for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
For years, federal officials have given the U.S. departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs flak for failing to make their electronic health record systems interoperable. The decibel level of such complaints rose astronomically following a February 2013 decision to abandon development of a joint EHR, and has grown deafening in recent months as the push for interoperability of all health records systems continues to gain steam throughout the halls of Congress.
Canada is suffering some of the same interoperability problems with its electronic health records as the United States, albeit for somewhat different reasons, according to a recent article in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association (CMAJ).
Electronic health records should have five "use cases" in order to be considered "open" or interoperable, according to a new article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).
Investments in information technology efforts by federal government agencies--including health IT-related investments by the Departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs and Defense--all too often do not meet expectations and essentially become money pits, according to testimony before the House Subcommittees on Government Operations and Information Technology June 10 by David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office.
Standards alone are not sufficient to achieve interoperability, according to David McCallie, M.D., senior vice president of medical informatics for Cerner.