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Why a learning health system is important for patient care

After serving nearly 20 years as executive director of the North Carolina Healthcare Information & Communications Alliance, and as a board member of the National e-Health Collaborative, Holt Anderson is now heading efforts to develop the governance and policy framework required for such a learning health system. Anderson spoke with  FierceHealthIT  about that work.

Are EHR vendors holding patient data hostage?

To spur data exchange, the government should consider letting market forces work to spur electronic health record vendors to lower their prices, according to a blog post from Niam Yaraghi, a fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for Technology Innovation.

NCPA to ONC: Step back from health IT control

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's role in the industry, as contemplated in its updated 2015-2020 strategic plan, is too broad and should be significantly reduced, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Data-sharing fees: A healthcare reform-killer?

The fees associated with sharing patient data threaten to thwart the $30 billion federal push to move the healthcare industry to electronic records--and it could require Congress to step in to change things.

VA, DoD must pick up the pace of interoperability

The pressure is mounting on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense to share health records electronically--if only the agencies will take the hint. Not one, but two reports were issued last week decrying that the lack of interoperability is a serious problem for this country.

Epic to launch app store

Verona, Wisconsin-based electronic health record vendor Epic Systems is about to venture into new territory, readying to launch an app store that would enable third-party companies to create and sell apps that would work with its own EHRs.

Black Book: Robust data exchange still a decade away

Despite efforts to create health information exchanges, the United States is still at least 10 years from achieving a secure, robust exchange of patient data, according to a new report from Black Book Research.

GAO: Lack of interoperability between DoD, VA health records is 'high risk'

The inability of the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense to share healthcare data electronically has become such a significant concern that the Government Accountability Office has added the problem to its list of "high risk" areas.

After scandal, VA has yet to address 100 recommendations

Despite some improvements, the Department of Veterans Affairs has yet to fully address more than 100 of the Government Accountability Office's recommendations, according to a GAO report.

FDA finalizes guidance on medical device data systems

The FDA won't enforce regulations on computer systems used to store, display or collect medical data because they pose a low risk to patients, according to a final  guidance  document.