Sen. Alexander, Sec. Burwell Talk Fixing EHRs in Congressional Hearing

April 23, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
At a Senate hearing this week Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) , Chairman of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, talked about improving electronic health records (EHRs) with Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Sylvia Mathews...

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

April 21, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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

Washington Debrief: Hospital Data Exchange Rates Increasing, Says ONC

April 20, 2015   |  Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
The percentage of hospitals electronically exchanging health information with health-care providers outside their IT network has steadily increased since the establishment of the federal State Health Information Exchange Program, according to a data brief...

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

April 18, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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

BREAKING: President Obama Signs SGR Repeal Legislation, Shifting Medicare Physician Payment Incentives

April 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
On Apr. 16, President Obama signed into law a bill that repeals the long-problematic SGR formula for Medicare physician reimbursement, and ushers in a new era in value-based physician payment

Waving Goodbye to the Windy City: Five HIMSS15 Takeaways

April 16, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
HIMSS never disappoints when it comes to "buzz," as you would expect when 43,000+ health IT minds gather in one place. While it's always difficult to narrow it down to just a few things, here are my five big takeaways from HIMSS15 in Chicago.

HIMSSanity Boiled Down to One Quote

April 16, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
It’s the end of the road for HIMSS15 and a hectic week in general for health IT followers. How do you put the craziness into words? I think one HIE thought leader did a good job of doing just that.

CMS’s Slavitt and ONC’s DeSalvo Offer Clarity on Federal Healthcare IT Policy

April 16, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
In prepared remarks and responses to proffered questions at the final keynote session at HIMSS15 in Chicago, Andy Slavitt of CMS and Karen DeSalvo, M.D., of ONC, made starkly clear what they expect of providers going forward—as well as of their own federal...

ONC’s First Chief Health Information Officer Says His Number-One Focus Is Interoperability

April 14, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Michael McCoy, M.D., who in January became the first Chief Health Information Officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, shares his perspectives on interoperability, meaningful use, and the path ahead in healthcare

Beacon Partners’ Bruce Eckert on the Proposed Stage 3 Rule for Meaningful Use—and Beyond

April 14, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Beacon Partners national practice director Bruce Eckert shares his perspectives on meaningful use, PHRs, and our data-driven future

CMS Officials Massage Their Message on MU Stage 3

April 14, 2015   |  John Morrissey
CMS officials say their approach has shifted away fro a rigid, stepwise approach to requiring the fulfillment of objectives CMS officials say their approach has shifted away fro a rigid, stepwise approach to requiring the fulfillment of objectives

Large Area, Small Population and Lots of Connected Providers for North Dakota’s HIE

April 13, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
In a state with a population of less than one million and an area that’s nearly 71,000 sq miles large, one HIE is proving that bringing people together in this environment is no problem at all.
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