National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo made no bones about the direction she and ONC would like to see federal health IT efforts take in a keynote address at the HIMSS Annual Policy Summit in the District of Columbia on Thursday.
Provider-based health IT professionals stated their case for why they need more flexibility for Meaningful Use Stage 2 during a briefing at the Russell Senate Building in the District of Columbia on Tuesday.
Hospitals and health organizations are not the only key players in health IT, government agencies such as the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Federal Communications Commission also play an important role.
HIMSS has presented three "Congressional Asks"--formal requests to Congress to accomplish specific goals to advance health IT.
Despite the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' efforts to add flexibility to the Meaningful Use incentive program through a finalized rule announced last Friday, many hospital CIOs on FierceHealthIT 's Editorial Advisory Board remain frustrated about what lies ahead.
While Cerner's megadeal to acquire Siemens' health IT portfolio for $1.3 billion was made with an eye on a future beyond Meaningful Use, it has vaulted the company ahead of rival Epic in terms of number of hospital clients, according to Chilmark Research Analyst John Moore.
Rather than stressing adoption of health IT, the industry should be focused on how technology can be part of innovative new strategies to improve care, according to a Health Affairs blog post.
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, at a meeting with reporters in the District of Columbia, talked about the shifting of priorities at ONC as grant funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dries up.
The rate of physicians who prescribe electronically has skyrocketed thanks to a pair of federal incentive programs, according to new statistics unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Cleveland Clinic CIO C. Martin Harris believes that technology in healthcare must have functionality and the ability to truly interact with patients for it to have any value.