While the interoperability of electronic health records is a high priority for the federal government, it really only is a means to an end, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said in a keynote address at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago Thursday morning.
The HITECH Act has stimulated adoption of digital infrastructure in healthcare to improve care and reduce costs, but problems with usability, interoperability and the fee-for-service paradigm require further government action, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Identical bills submitted in the House and Senate to fix the Sustainable Growth Rate formula have strong health IT implications, including a deadline for EHR interoperability.
Hospitals need more flexibility in complying with Meaningful Use mandates and more certainty that the current ICD-10 deadline will stand, the American Hospital Association (AHA) said in a statement to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Three recent announcements from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have major implications for the agency's strategy going forward, writes health economist and policy expert Paul Keckley.
Although most healthcare chief information officers have implemented certified electronic health record systems and the required standards, many remain frustrated in their quest for interoperability, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka.
In considering the twists and turns facing the health IT industry in 2015, it's interesting to read through others' forecasts for the coming year.
Implementation of ICD-10 and Meaningful Use rank among the top 10 issues for physicians to watch in 2015, according to the American Medical Association.
When it comes to health IT news, 2014 was a whopper. From government turmoil to data breach mayhem, several stories stood out. To that end, FierceHealthIT examined five of this year's biggest headlines. Read more...
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed Wednesday that roughly 257,000 Medicare eligible professionals will be hit with a 1 percent penalty to their Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payments beginning Jan. 5, 2015, for failing to meet Meanin gful Use by Oct. 1, 2014.