Leveraging the guidelines within the S&I Framework is one way for healthcare organizations to position themselves not only for future interoperability needs, but for access to the information required to provide effective, well-coordinated patient care today.
The challenge is on for the private sector to take the new Medicare payment data, and everything else that's there, and create decision-making tools seniors can use. Then there's the long-term transparency challenge for government and the healthcare industry.
The meaningful use program progresses from its launch in 2011, and the federal government continues to pay out billions in incentives. Now, some members of a federal advisory board question the sluggish start so far for 2014.