Transparency in healthcare is arguably both more important and easier than ever, in the age of health reform and the Internet. There's evidence, too, that it can help solve problems like hospital infections.
Six in ten hospitals electronically exchanged health information with outside providers in 2013, according to a brand new study released by the Office of the National Coordinator and the American Hospital Association.
With diminishing public funding and increasing pressure to add value, HIEs are challenged to diversify and work on issues like patient identifiers. Data exchange, though, still remains hugely in demand. And it "needs to happen at scale faster."
A small uproar over provider networks in public insurance exchanges in Washington state has led to a proposed, controversial fix that, if adopted, has implications for other states, providers and insurers facing similar situations.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance has awarded its first ACO accreditation to the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, in Houston, a sign of EHR systems being put to more use for performance and quality reporting.
Romney says ACA repeal could help budget, the opportunity within the EHR upcoding controversy, ICD-10 on the cheap, Northern Ireland, results of a reader poll about health IT in the GOP and Democratic party platforms, and more.
Is this the beginning of the end of health IT's coveted bipartisan support? That, and NYeC's Digital Health Conference 2012, CDC on the verge of opening its cloud to public health, the Government Health IT Virtual Briefing, a debate, and more.
The potentially comedic side of Thursday night's vice presidential debate, the not so-humorous calls for ending meaningful use and HITECH altogether, and a look at how hospitals can prepare for the era of pay-for-performance.