While some western Colorado physicians participating in the ONC's Beacon Community learning collaborative have struggled with technical issues, the growth of the medical home model and process improvement shows the potential of HIE and IT tools, according to the Commonwealth Fund.
A new report recommends myriad ways to reform payment, taxes, HIT and other programs essentially en route to more efficient and effective care delivery, with the goal of $560 billion worth of deficit reduction in the coming decade.
Looking at gaps across the healthcare spectrum that HIE still needs to fill, the ONC Information Exchange Workgroup is suggesting HHS, CMS and ONC look at the policy options they could use to streamline and incentivize information sharing.
As news of backlogs in veterans benefits continues to make headlines, lawmakers are pushing for answers on digital information exchange from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel -- who frankly described problems in the plans and cancelled an RFP, saying he'd have clarification plans soon.
In a white paper and a letter to the healthcare community, a group of Republican Senators wants to re-examine federal health IT policy, with a greater focus on interoperability and provider financial sustainability.
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.
Many people recognize how valuable it will be to connect electronic medical records (EHRs) and government health programs. There are examples where information (prevention schedules, assessments, etc.) can be delivered into EHRs and where information can flow in and out of EHRs (immunization histories, lifetime military records, etc.).