For the upcoming April/May issue of Healthcare Informatics, I have written a feature story on the state of HIE across the country, wondering how successful it has become. When it comes to this issue, why is there such a difference in opinion amongst health IT leaders?
One year after the Boston marathon bombings, it’s important to understand how doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are able to perform miracles and save lives in the face of horrible situations.
Not too long ago we were all working diligently to deliver handheld solutions to physicians. It was a “mobile device” that would allow access to HIS, patient lists, and lab results. It was either an HP iPaq or some other device that required proprietary wireless connections or...
By week’s end, the news had been overshadowed by the news that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was resigning; but the massive Medicare physician payment data release on April 9 was a very important development indeed
Could the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services impact the trajectories of healthcare reform and meaningful use?
The OpenNotes movement, which invites patients to review clinical notes written by clinicians, was an unequivocal success in its three pilot locations. Now one of those organizations is trying to determine whether it’s appropriate to expand this kind of EHR note sharing for...
At Health IT Policy Committee listening sessions on Stage 2 transition-of-care requirements, providers and vendors identified health exchange ecosystem maturity levels and workflow changes as their biggest challenges.
Many organizations compartmentalize their systems into clinical and financial Systems. It’s almost as if the CIO grew up familiar with billing /scheduling systems and the clinical systems is just something that evolved under the doctor's purview. The thought here is that...
With the health IT landscape shifting so rapidly, how can educational programs charged with churning out health IT talent keep their curriculum relevant? Washington state has created a forum to allow representatives of employers and health IT training programs to better align...
One of the now-classic scenes from recent cinema is the “show me the money” scene from the 1992 comedy-drama hit “Jerry Maguire.” And yes—it’s that time of year again—time to submit your company’s revenues to the Healthcare Informatics 100.
The American Journal of Managed Care recently published an online commentary from Farzad Mostashari, M.D., and James A. Colbert, M.D., focused on ”Four Key Technologies" for physician-led ACOs—with major implications for healthcare IT leaders
State health IT execs describe their efforts to modernize MMIS using service-oriented architecture to break down silos between agencies. But others talked about the uphill battle in getting agencies to work through cultural issues to share data.
Another delay of ICD-10 is as disillusioning as it gets. For some reason, the delay was included in the latest SGR payment patch, and with that now being law, it’s a reality for this industry. It’s just another case of “politics as usual” winning out.
ACC 2014 is now history! Washington, D.C. weather was perfect for a conference – it rained the entire weekend! Prior to the meeting I speculated about what might be new. In a nutshell, it was a fitting venue in Washington, D.C. as cardiology seems to be awakening to the world...
For those of us who have been wondering when the U.S. Congress would take action on the so-called “doc fix” issue, Monday evening’s congressional action was not the way to do it.
This weekend, March 29-31 is the 63rd annual American College of Cardiology meeting to be held in Washington, DC. Similar to other meetings, this represents a great opportunity to hear and see what’s new in the world of cardiology.
The March 26 Health IT Standards Committee meeting reviewed the Policy Committee’s Stage 3 recommendations. Led by Standards Task Force chair John Halamka, M.D., the committee covered a range of topics, including patient engagement and care coordination. The committee sought to...
A panel discussion held March 26 during the iHT2 Health IT Summit in San Francisco helped to underscore how vision, leadership, and strategy need to come first in informing IT strategy and implementation
Google and Apple. Apple and Google. These two tech giants could take the digital health market to new heights and create a consolidated platform that would allow for sharing between consumer and clinical data.
The results of a study about patient-centered medical homes, published last month in JAMA, predictably create buzz—and lead to lots of leaping to conclusions