In a rousing and impassioned speech, ONC's chief said that America is halfway through digitizing healthcare and five percent of the way through transforming workflows to take advantage of the infrastructure. Achieving that will require new roles of the entire care team.
With digitization and interconnected devices come HIPAA compliance costs and a web of security issues. Organizations should thus be devoting extra scrutiny to vendors and designing security architectures from the get-go, one cyber-security analyst suggests.
Vermont's HIE, managed by the nonprofit Vermont Information Technology Leaders, is seen as an enabler for the coordination and quality assurance the state will require of providers, as it moves to a largely single payer system in 2017.
Along with scaling its digital claims processing system, the VA is trying to get more veterans to file fully developed claims -- putting more documentation responsibility on vets, but promising a faster response at the same time. MORE