Health industry groups expressed optimism following the Oct. 15 meeting of the federal government's Health IT Policy and Standards committees to discuss a draft interoperability road map unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In particular, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and Health Level Seven International (HL7) viewed the road map as step in the right direction.
In presenting an updated version of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's draft interoperability road map to a joint meeting of the federal Health IT Policy and Standards committees on Wednesday, Erica Galvez, ONC's interoperability and exchange portfolio manager, made clear that many efforts going forward will be about balance and tradeoffs.
An updated draft version of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's 10-year road map to interoperability, published online late Monday, outlines goals for governance and certification standards and calls for "unprecedented collaboration" in ensuring that technology can seamlessly support the health of patients on a day-to-day basis.
Various federal legislators and other healthcare leaders gathered to share their thoughts on the importance of technology's evolving role in improving patient care at the HIMSS National Health IT Week press conference in the District of Columbia on Thursday afternoon.
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.
Patients increasingly have access to their health records, and that means finding ways to improve access and ensure patients know how to use the information, according to panelists at a health summit Monday.
While William Hersh, professor and chair of the department of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, believes that technology is crucial to health IT education, he doesn't think it's necessarily the most important aspect of the industry for students to master. In an exclusive interview, Hersh touches on the evolution of health IT education over the better part of three decades, as well as how he thinks recent federal legislation impacts his efforts.
For true interoperability to occur in the healthcare industry, stakeholders must recognize the barriers, according to Joyce Sensmeier, vice president of Informatics for HIMSS.
Whether serving as government officials, clinicians, educators or researchers, women continue to play a major role in the evolution of health IT both in the U.S. and around the world. Once again, we asked our readers to nominate who they thought to be the most influential women in health IT for our third annual list. View list