The health IT model communities around the country have expanded EHRs and information exchange, more community partnerships and innovative tools -- and as their federal grant status winds down at this year's end, ONC is working to leverage what the test beds have learned about HIT standards, policies, as well as what works and what does not.
A Veterans hospital in Central Texas is using an ultraviolet device to kill up to 95 percent of bacteria and spores with the ultimate goal of getting down to zero hospital-acquired infections. The CDC, for its part, is undertaking a study to measure UV's effectiveness as a means for reducing HAIs.
After some starts and stops with Vermont Health Connect's IT plans, the state has finalized a contract with CGI to build the health insurance exchange state health officials hope to use as a stepping stone to a single payer system in 2017.
The two groups are working initially with Massachusetts, Oregon, Minnesota, and Arkansas to develop a quality reporting, improvement and feedback infrastructure that could collect data for multiple programs.