Why is a 20-year-old law still so confusing? It's ironic that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, legislation intended, in large part, to simplify the administration of healthcare, continues to confound providers, patients and others, and make the industry more complicated. You'd think we'd all have the hang of it by now. Evidently not.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Office for Civil Rights each receive funding boosts in President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, released Tuesday. ONC's proposed funding is $82 million, $22 million more than what the agency was allocated for FY 2016. OCR's proposed funding is $43 million, a $4 million increase from FY 2016.
Interoperability is about exchange and use of data, and not "a state of utopia in which there is this information liquidity," according to Doug Fridsma, president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act does not impede the interoperability of health data--and this is a point the Office of the National Coordinator is trying to drive home with a series of blog posts and fact sheets.
In looking back at the past year and what's in store for the year to come, Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, in a speech this week to the National Rural Health Association, focused on many areas of the health industry, including the promising role of technology.
Robust data analysis with be critical for health organizations as the industry moves from volume-based payment to a value-based system, but there's still a long road ahead for hospitals and health systems to get where they need to be, according to a market trends report from Chilmark Research.
Advanced modeling may be able to apply the OpenEHR archetype to improve data sharing among disparate common data elements, according to a new article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Five major electronic health record vendors--athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic, NextGen Healthcare and Surescripts--are the first implementers to adopt the enhanced data sharing practices under the new Carequality interoperability framework.
Intersecting trends are making the timing right for patient-driven health information exchange, according to a perspective article published in The New England Journal of Medicine by authors Kenneth Mandl, M.D., and Isaac S. Kohane, M.D.
Integrating data from out-of-network providers was the top HIT challenge for accountable care organizations (ACOs) in a new survey from the eHealth Initiative (eHI) and Premier.