Washington Debrief: ONC Looks to Pivot HITPC Work In Support of Future ONC

April 14, 2014     Jeff Smith, Director of Public Policy at CHIME
ONC asked the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) to consider a new work plan, which would reform several workgroups for future policy development.

Meaningful Use Does Not Indicate Higher Quality of Care, Study Finds

April 14, 2014     Gabriel Perna
A new report on physicians indicates that those who were meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs) did not consistently score higher on quality of care measures than those who non meaningful users.

INDUSTRY EXCLUSIVE: CHIME's Branzell Speaks with HCI about Sebelius Resignation Announcement

April 10, 2014     Mark Hagland
As news media reports confirmed that Kathleen Sebelius was set to announce her resignation as HHS Secretary, CHIME’s Russ Branzell shared his thoughts on that development exclusively with Healthcare Informatics

Providers Identify Workflow Challenges with Stage 2 Transitions of Care

April 8, 2014     David Raths
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.

Building a Pipeline From Classroom to Health System

April 8, 2014     David Raths
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...

Live From State HIT Summit: Beyond Meaningful Use — Policy Levers to Promote Interoperability

April 1, 2014     David Raths
Speaking at the State Healthcare IT Connect Summit in Baltimore on April 1, Kelly Cronin, health reform coordinator for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, described how ONC and HHS plan to pull all available levers in working with state...

ACC14: Cardiology Getting on Board

April 1, 2014    
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...

Anticipating the ACC

March 26, 2014     Joe Marion
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.

Standards Committee’s Take on MU Stage 3? Too Prescriptive!

March 26, 2014     David Raths
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...

Russ Branzell: CHIME Opposes ICD-10 Implementation Delay

March 26, 2014     Mark Hagland
CHIME CEO Russ Branzell encourages federal legislators to drop the proposal to delay the Oct. 1, 2014 implementation of the transition to the ICD-10 coding system

GAO: HHS Needs More Specific Strategy Around HIE

March 26, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) strategy surrounding health information exchange is not specific enough for stakeholders to take action, according to a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

Secure Messaging MU Requirements a Struggle for Some Providers

March 25, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The patient engagement requirements for Stage 2 of meaningful use under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) could be a struggle for providers who have been late to adopt an electronic health record (EHR), a recent study...
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