Mark Savage, HIT policy and program director at the National Partnership for Women and Families, on the progress and lesser-discussed advantages of meaningful use, the promise of population health management, and the culture shift currently underway.
Examining the DoD and VA joint effort to build an entirely new EHR system from scratch underscores the departments' decisions to scrap the macro strategy. DSS Inc. CEO Mark Byers explains three reasons why the micro-level plan may prove to be a more efficient way to achieve interoperability.
As the Pentagon starts replacing its EHR system and creating a virtual lifetime record, it will also have to sort out several key patient privacy, consent and data management issues, according to the Rand Corporation.
Even if the nonprofit that manages Vermont's HIE retires in 2015 when its state funding sunsets, the investment will have provided a fairly successful return in bringing the state's delivery system into the digital age.
Along with scaling its digital claims processing system, the VA is trying to get more veterans to file fully developed claims -- putting more documentation responsibility on vets, but promising a faster response at the same time.
A grant program is trying to help doctors, clinics and hospitals in rural California link to HIEs, so patients being referred for specialized care in urban areas can have their medical history follow them.
Despite the frustration and the jokes around iEHR, real data exchange is happening between the DoD and VA and the potential to build on that for the future resides in creatively using resources built in the past.
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?