At the ICD-10 Summit, sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Dr. Doug Fridsma, director of the Office of Standards and Interoperability of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) remarked how the percentage of doctors using EHRs has doubled over the past two years.
“We are making real progress on EHR adoption and we are developing a workforce that is beginning to be trained to support this progress,” said Fridsma, citing ONC statistics which noted the number of primary care physicians who have used EHRs over the past two years has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent. He said from 2009, the number of hospitals adopting the technology has more than doubled from 16 percent to 35 percent.
Fridsma said how developing the foundation of interoperable health information exchange is an evolving journey. He said there is need for an incremental approach and to question each step along the way to make sure it’s the best solution. Providers participating in the Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange, a group of federal agencies and private sector organizations that have implemented the portfolio of standards, service and policies that allow information to be exchanged securely over the Internet, are achieving measurable success.
The example cited by Fridsma was the Social Security Administration’s ability to process disability claims 45 percent faster when querying for and receiving medical records through the Exchange.
A new report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Federal of American Hospitals (FAH) outlines the impact a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have on hospitals and health systems.
New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System has developed the Medical Modeling Core, a collaboration led by the Department of Neurosurgery, where clinicians can confer and order 3D models for their cases.
By a vote of 85 to 13, the U.S. Senate on Monday invoked cloture for H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act. The Senate resumed post-cloture consideration of the bill on Tuesday and and will now resume on Wednesday, with a vote likely at 2 pm.
New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO), the state-wide health information exchange (HIE) organization, announced that the organization is now able to connect with the Veterans Administration (VA), enabling the exchange of healthcare information with hospitals and other healthcare providers in the state who also provide care to veterans outside of the VA.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced $76 million in research grants through its Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program to study the scientific, engineering and socio-technical aspects of cybersecurity.
Nearly 500 delegates and members of the AMA have written an open letter to the association’s Board of Trustees expressing concern and disappointment that the AMA has supported President-elect Donald Trump’s selection as Tom Price, M.D., for HHS Secretary.