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.
Less than 25 percent of HIEs can cover their operating costs through user revenue, and HITECH funding will run out later this year. Boosting participation by payers (a key beneficiary of HIE) is one solution, a study suggests.
As ACOs spur demand for query-based health information exchange, the Health IT Policy Committee is working on standardizing patient record queries and the provider directories that enable them for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use.
Health information exchange organizations have been around well over a decade. The past 13 years have seen many changes in these organizations; in fact, the most common thread in healthcare information exchange may be change.
The proposed CMS regulations on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) took the first step in promoting discussions about lowering costs, but how to align these costs between each healthcare stakeholder is still an issue and obstacle, leaving most of us to wonder — how will this all actually work?