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.
When U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned last week after five years of service, I wanted to know what members of FierceHealthIT 's Editorial...
The eHealth Initiative has set out to create a vision for healthcare through the end of the decade through a public-private collaborative effort called the eHealth Initiative 2020 Roadmap. Though...
An "asymmetry of benefits" for providers has kept the healthcare industry from ubiquitous adoption of health IT--and electronic health records, in particular--and thus realizing its full potential, according to David Blumenthal, former national coordinator for health IT and current president of The Commonwealth Fund.
Engaging patients in their own wellness and care--as well as their personal health data--is necessary to qualify for new payment models and incentives, such as the Meaningful Use program, and to improve outcomes. A slideshow for InformationWeek offers a whopping 16 creative ideas to improve patient engagement.
Despite the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recently published Meaningful Use hardship exemption guidance, hospital CIOs who serve on FierceHealthIT 's Editorial Advisory Board said that the incentive program will still put their organizations under tremendous pressure.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday updated language in its hardship exception applications for Fiscal Year 2015 for both eligible hospitals and eligible professionals participating in the Medicare Meaningful Use incentive program. The updates come in the wake of hardship exception flexibility announced Feb. 27 at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla.