Robert Rowley, MD, delves into CMS data reported from meaningful use attestation and thus "arguably the most accurate source, free from vendor hyperbole," to determine which vendors are gaining ground, those that are sinking, and find patterns of doctors switching EHRs.
Lapses in security and myriad confusing protocols don't help much when it comes to fostering patients' trust in health IT. Data breaches and unfamiliar technology, in fact, can scare people away. But they don't have to.
A new cooperative agreement between the ONC, Direct Trust and the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup will be crafting implementation and security accreditations to expand HIE -- one route to interoperability governance that does not require complicated (or controversial) national regulations.
A large percentage of the Americans that the Affordable Care Act aims to bring into the insurance pool access the Web primarily through their smartphones. For the ACA to achieve its potential, federal and state governments must reach those citizens where it's most convenient for the consumer.
Stage 2 of meaningful use calls for providers to have electronic access to at least 10 percent of the radiological images they've ordered. The companies claim this partnership will help transport those images into an EHR.
One great upside to government intervention in a project as massive as the health IT transition is that, assuming there are adequate financial resources involved, government action can pave the way forward and provide the means to get there.