Thirty-three employees in Reading Health System's IT division will be laid off, according to the Reading Eagle.
While the both proposed rule for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use and the accompanying certification rule emphasize the use of application programming interfaces for sharing health information with patients, that outlined proposal doesn't go far enough, according to Ashish Jha, a professor of international health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Information technology and the interoperability of electronic patient data will be critical components to President Barack Obama's new Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network initiative, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said at a kickoff event for the effort on Wednesday.
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.
Nearly three-quarters of Americans say it's very important that their critical health information can be easily shared among healthcare providers, a recent survey reveals. In addition, 87 percent of respondents oppose any fees being charged to either providers or patients for that transfer of information to take place.
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.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives is launching a $1 million challenge this summer in an effort to solve the problem of accurately matching patients with their healthcare information, the organization announced this week.
Technology will play an integral role in deployment of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' "Next Generation Accountable Care Organization" model announced Tuesday, several health IT stakeholder organizations say.
Providers continue to be at odds when it comes to the forthcoming implementation of ICD-10.
While health IT has the ability to enable high-value care, its potential has yet to be reached on a broad scale due to a number of different factors, most notably inefficient government policies, according to several industry stakeholders who spoke at an event Wednesday in the District of Columbia hosted by Brookings.