The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently released a statement in response to the results of Tuesday’s elections, congratulating President Barack Obama and the other winners of the night. In addition, HIMSS said it anticipates that the Obama administration and congressional members will “continue their focus on health IT.”
HIMSS said congress is likely to examine interoperability, the Meaningful Use program, and IT innovation. It said the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee has already scheduled a hearing on Nov. 14, where HIMSS Board of Directors Chair Willa Fields, RN will present testimony. Also, “Federal agencies are expected to soon release regulations to address key components of healthcare transformation, including the awaited ‘omnibus’ privacy rule, parameters for health insurance exchanges, and early designs on requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 3,” the organization said in a statement.
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.
With the aim of improving patient safety monitoring, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently developing and testing an improved patient safety surveillance system.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.
More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with DigitalGlobe to create the Health Equity Atlas Initiative (ATLAS), a platform that standardizes and maps population data in order to generate insights that address health inequities.