Amid Mixed Reactions, 21st Century Cures Act Passes Committee Unanimously

May 21, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
The 21st Century Cures Act, which would overhaul how innovative medical technologies are regulated by the federal government, made its first step towards legality today when it was unanimously passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Halamka on Legislative Proposals: ‘Flawed, Dangerous, Harmful’

May 20, 2015   |  David Raths
John Halamka, M.D., vice chair of the Health IT Standards Committee (HITSC), and CIO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, led off the May 20 HITSC meeting with some biting comments about some bills currently in Congress, including the 21st...

Health IT Standards Committee Members Question Reorganization

May 20, 2015   |  David Raths
The May 20 meeting of the Health IT Standards Committee (HITSC), one of the Office of the National Coordinator’s federal advisory committees, grew contentious after Jon White, M.D., acting deputy national coordinator, announced plans to replace the committee’s...

Washington Debrief: Cures Bill Addresses Interoperability, Information Blocking and Threatens Decertification

May 18, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
A bill that would establish new criteria for interoperability cleared the first hurdle toward passage last week, as the 21st Century Cures initiative was unanimously approved by the Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee. The proposed legislation contains a...

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

May 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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

An Exclusive Interview with Robert Wachter, Author of Digital Doctor (Part 2 of 2)

May 15, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
Part two of HCI's interview with Robert Wachter, M.D., author of Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age. He talks alert fatigue, Epic vs. athenahealth, and meaningful use.

Making Population Health Work at an FQHC: One CIO’s Experience

May 14, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Angela Diop, ND, is helping to lead foundational work in population health as CIO at Unity Health Care, a federally qualified health center in Washington, DC

Workgroup Proposes Lowering Thresholds for MU Stage 3 Transitions of Care

May 12, 2015   |  David Raths
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.

KPMG Completes Acquisition of Beacon Partners

May 11, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
On Monday, the New York City-based KPMG announced that it had completed the acquisition of the Massachusetts-based Beacon Partners

Washington Debrief: New Members Join HIT Policy Committee

May 11, 2015   |  Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the National Coordinator for Health IT, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Health, a position she has held as acting since last October. The Health IT Policy Committee also welcomes three...

CMS Official on Future of Health IT: “It’s Time to Build Something Magnificent”

May 8, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Jason McNamara, senior technical director of Medicaid health IT at CMS, surveys the health IT landscape, offering thoughts on the perception of the government as well as current trends and challenges he’s seeing in the industry from a policy perspective.

Karen DeSalvo, M.D. Possibly Out at ONC, Nominated to Full-Time HHS Position

May 6, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
On Tuesday, May 6, the Obama administration confirmed that Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the National Coordinator for Health IT, has been nominated to work full-time as Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS
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