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
Only weeks away from the original ICD-10 deadline, just 11 percent of healthcare organizations said they are fully ready to implement the new coding system, according to a survey by SearchHealthIT and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
Despite the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' efforts to add flexibility to the Meaningful Use incentive program through a finalized rule announced last Friday, many hospital CIOs on FierceHealthIT 's Editorial Advisory Board remain frustrated about what lies ahead.
Government leaders, healthcare providers and patient advocates alike have made it clear that engaging patients in their own care will continue to a top priority in the health industry going forward, particularly as payment models shift to reward improved outcomes over volume. Not everyone in the health industry, however, believes that more engagement equals better results.
Provider and vendor representatives discussed looming healthcare interoperability issues at Friday's meeting of the governance subgroup for the Health IT Policy Committee's Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Workgroup.
Electronic health record interoperability and the incorporation of unique device identifiers (UDI) into electronic health data sources--including EHRs--are necessary for patient data registries and UDI systems to realize their potential, according to Josh Rising, director of medical devices for the Pew Charitable Trusts.
While Cerner's megadeal to acquire Siemens' health IT portfolio for $1.3 billion was made with an eye on a future beyond Meaningful Use, it has vaulted the company ahead of rival Epic in terms of number of hospital clients, according to Chilmark Research Analyst John Moore.