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First Look at Stage 3: CMS Sticks to Its Guns on APIs, Patient Engagement

October 7, 2015     David Raths
CMS disagreed with those who said that the API functionality could not be implemented successfully by 2018 “as the technology is already in widespread use in other industries and API functions already exist in the health IT industry.”

BREAKING: Healthcare IT Leaders React to Stage 3 Final Rule Release

October 6, 2015     Mark Hagland
Individual healthcare leaders and healthcare associations reacted quickly to the final rule’s release, expressing cautious optimism, but also wanting to review the details of the 752-page rule

Same Day That Final Rules Appear, ONC Hears About Clinical Documentation Burden

October 6, 2015     David Raths
On the same day that CMS would later unveil its EHR Incentive Program final rules, an ONC committee meeting focused on health IT’s role in support of payment reform initiatives. Committee members, however, raised concerns about the clinical documentation...

AMIA’s Fridsma: Lessons Learned From Meaningful Use

October 5, 2015     David Raths
Speaking at the Johns Hopkins University’s Division of Health Science Informatics, Doug Fridsma, president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association, described several lessons learned at ONC during the meaningful use roll-out.

David Blumenthal, M.D. Shares His Perspectives on MU, HIE, and the Future of Data-Driven Healthcare

October 5, 2015     Mark Hagland
The complex meaningful use process will soon give way to inevitable progress towards a more data-connected, data-facilitated healthcare future, former National Coordinator David Blumenthal, M.D. told his iHT2 audience in New York last week

Is Direct the Rodney Dangerfield of Interoperability?

September 7, 2015     David Raths
Several years ago, when the Office of the National Coordinator put its weight behind the Direct protocol as a way for providers to exchange information, some people working in the health information exchange space were concerned that it was a short-term...

CHIME Pushes Congress to Address Stage 3 Meaningful Use Problems

August 3, 2015     Mark Hagland
CHIME interim vice president of public policy Leslie Krigstein speaks with HCI’s Mark Hagland about the complex set of issues the association is hoping to get Congress to address around Stage 3 of meaningful use and interoperability

Saint Luke’s-Kansas City’s Shift to Community-Wide Cloud-Based Image Access

July 16, 2015     Mark Hagland
At Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, CIO Deborah Gash has led a successful initiative to implement a community-wide cloud-based image information exchange

Friend or Foe? “Indoor GPS” for Healthcare

July 16, 2015     Joe Bormel, M.D.
Indoor GPS makes Wayfinding easy and hiding bad handwashing practices hard. Extending continuous, location-based services from street maps to inside buildings is now happening. Some of the inevitable implications for health and care transformation are clear cut...

Washington Debrief: ONC’s Funding Maintained at Same Level in FY2016

June 29, 2015     Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
The House and Senate both put forth appropriations bills that maintained ONC’s current funding level through FY2016, approximately $60.4 million. The bills also maintained the prohibition of a national health identifier.

At AMDIS, AMIA’s Fridsma Promotes the Rethinking of MD Documentation for EHR Usability

June 26, 2015     Mark Hagland
On June 24 at the AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium, Doug Fridsma, M.D., Ph.D. urged CMIOs to help rethink usability and function in EHRs

Senate HELP Committee Begins Hearings on EHR Program

June 10, 2015     Gabriel Perna
The Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its first hearing this week on improving the meaningful use program and overall adoption of electronic health records (EHRs).


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