Ambulatory Care

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

June 29, 2015   |  Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
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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
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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
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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).

When Doctors Quit

May 30, 2015   |  Joe Bormel
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Intrigued by The Washington Post Opinion piece entitled, “Why doctors quit,” by Charles Krauthammer, I began asking what this means for Health and Healthcare Informatics. I realized that we need more clarity about what physicians actually do, if we are going to...

Servers in the Attic

May 27, 2015   |  Pete Rivera
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It all started when I had to go up to my attic to get something for my wife. Once I was up there it was like a trip down memory lane. There was stuff up there that I had not seen in years and some things that I didn’t even realize that we had.

Survey: Usual Suspects Dominating EHR Vendor Market for Larger Practices

May 21, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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A select few companies are dominating the large practice electronic health record (EHR) vendor market, according to a recent survey of clinicians.

What Federally Qualified Health Centers Can Teach their Provider Peers About Data and Population Health

May 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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As she prepares to participate in a panel at the Health IT Summit in Washington, DC, HRSA’s Suma Nair discusses the progress being made nationwide among federally qualified health centers in leveraging data and IT for population health

The Emergency Room Conundrum: We Can Do Better

May 14, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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Being sick made me realize the enormity of one of our foremost challenges in reforming the healthcare system: reducing usage of the emergency room. How do we get our head to win over our heart?

Workgroup Proposes Lowering Thresholds for MU Stage 3 Transitions of Care

May 12, 2015   |  David Raths
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During the May 12 federal Health IT Policy Committee, the Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Workgroup raised some concerns and suggestions about the proposals in Stage 3 of meaningful use around transmission and reconciliation of data.

An Age Old Question and the SGR Repeal

May 6, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
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Turning to an age old metaphorical question and using exclusive survey data to understand if whether or not physicians are truly prepared for, or even understand, the ramifications of the SGR repeal.

Ed McCallister’s Vision for UPMC: “The Patient Has To Be At the Center”

April 21, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Ed McCallister, who in October became CIO of the vast UPMC Health System, shares his thoughts on putting patients at the center of all innovation in healthcare—and what that means for today’s CIOs

At HIMSS15, the Signs Were Everywhere—and They Were All Pointed Towards the Future

April 18, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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All the signs and signals at HIMSS15 were clear—and promise an exciting, challenging rocket ride for healthcare IT leaders in the next year, before HIMSS16
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