The Mass. Medical Society hopes a law conditioning physician licensure on meaningful use demonstration will be flexibly enforced — and that other IT requirements for payment reforms won't overwhelm smaller practices.
Issuing a status report on its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011-2015, ONC delves into how the accomplishments made thus far are shaping the future of healthcare and outlines what lies ahead for the rest of this year.
Efforts to analyze identifiable and HIPAA de-identified data for public and population health will rely on ad hoc data warehouse techniques for the time being, unless other standardization is advanced.
A key ONC subgroup is sending tentative suggestions to the FDA Safety Innovation Act Workgroup for discussions later in July. "Enforcement discretion" for low-risk HIT is mostly agreed to, but not how to let the public provide feedback.
The future of affordable care depends on advancing big data for bending the cost curve and improving quality of care. Exposing the black box provides insights and visibility that will shape best practices, remove waste, streamline algorithms, all to improve outcomes.
A department in Oregon studied walkability as part of a 20-year bid to expand pedestrian transport, while an agency in North Carolina is using GIS to target prevention programs and Denver Public Health expands mobile and population health analytics tools.
An iPad loaner program for 1,000 Iraq and Afghanistan vets and their caregivers will offer self-management and data share apps, while an online and mobile scheduling system hints and future plans for easier appointment-making.
CMS, IRS and federal watchdog officials explained the federal data hub's progress to a skeptical, at times confrontational House subcommittee. While CMS says its on track, the IRS still has to prove key functions.