The former CMS administrator and Harvard professor explained that even Massachusetts healthcare system is "not going to be sustainable without major changes and improvements," and that will be part of his political platform.
The future of healthcare depends on data and the technologies to make use of it, experts said at the Government Health IT Conference last week. And while it won't happen overnight, a fistful of current trends are driving the industry in that direction.
Facing ongoing and intense public scrutiny about its joint iEHR with the VA, more recent decisions to evaluate commercial options, and perceived absence from similar projects, such as Healtheway, OSEHRA and VLER, the top tech officials discuss challenges of balancing legacy systems with modernization.
Declaring the dynamic duo of username and password to be broken, James Sheire of National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace explains how the a trusted ID ecosystem could enable HIE while making patient data more secure.
Finding the right technology for patient segments, "beer and pretzel" communication and explanation of consent forms from trusted clinicians are three engagement strategies that worked for some Beacon Communities.
The ONC's director of the Office of Science and Technology told the Government Health IT Conference to consider how technical standards can help solve future healthcare challenges, such as boosting EHR use in clinical research.
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?