Despite the frustration and the jokes around iEHR, real data exchange is happening between the DoD and VA and the potential to build on that for the future resides in creatively using resources built in the past.
Saying that the proposed legislation would address "the failure of DoD and VA to develop a single unified medical record," one of the bill's backers explains that it would require VA and DoD to prove they are implementing a plan for that single medical record.
With $81 million behind a fresh round of funding opportunities, the institute is committed to focusing on "research questions of most importance to patients," and, as such, is seeking projects spanning five areas.
Florida has some of the highest public program fraud rates in the nation, and it's also the first state to adopt a front-end fraud prevention technology for social and health programs, with a pilot in greater Orlando.
The private online HIX is set to partner with federal exchanges to bring consumers another enrollment channel, and the company says its also offering states a free interface to create more ladders into the insurance pool.
When analyzed by practice type and age, EHR and meaningful use statistics show lower attestation rates among solo practitioners and physicians over 60 years old. But it's not just EHRs. mHealth use lags, too.
While M&A activity might be more quiet today than some would expect, panelists at a Nashville Health Care Council event anticipate that will change later this year. And one predicted that 2013 will be the busiest year for healthcare IPOs in more than a decade.
Six years after Texas hospitals were given the ability to verify patient identity with a driver's license electronic strip, a bill passed by the state House and Senate would expand the practice to all providers.