In the midst of disaster, hospitals often serve as a refuge, a place of comfort for those in need of care or shelter. But even hospitals aren't immune to chaos, as electronic health record systems, network connections and even whole power grids can be rendered useless in the blink of an eye.
Four health providers are partnering with CVS Health to allow communication between electronic health records and the pharmacy.
Widespread health information exchange, revised telemedicine reimbursement policies and patient empowerment are all necessary to bolster treatment and prevention of chronic diseases, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives said in a letter to legislators serving in the Senate Finance Committee's Chronic Care Working Group this week.
Investments in information technology efforts by federal government agencies--including health IT-related investments by the Departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs and Defense--all too often do not meet expectations and essentially become money pits, according to testimony before the House Subcommittees on Government Operations and Information Technology June 10 by David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office.
Standards alone are not sufficient to achieve interoperability, according to David McCallie, M.D., senior vice president of medical informatics for Cerner.
Legislators, EHR vendors and others discussed ways to improve electronic health record exchange and interoperability of health IT systems at a Senate committee hearing today.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule on Medicare Shed Savings Program accountable care organizations (ACOs), published late Thursday, finalizes a proposal that calls on ACOs to describe in their applications how they will promote the use of health IT to boost care coordination.
Despite advances in health information technology, personalized medicine remains a challenge for many providers. From finding the right balance for using incoming data to overcoming workflow issues, no magic bullet exists to ease the hurdles of hyperfocusing care efforts. During a panel discussion at Health Datapalooza in the District of Columbia this week, clinicians talked about some of those challenges, as well as some of the ways they're succeeding in delivering more personalized care.
The American Hospital Association expressed concerns about the interoperability provisions in the 21st Century Cures legislation in a letter sent to Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Healthcare IT stakeholder groups in the last week have spoken out about changes they would like to see made they believe would improve the 21st Century Cures Initiative.