A project linking patients, caregivers and Alzheimer's research centers won the Department's third annual innovation award, as Secretary Sibelius and a Google HR guru talked about the need for collaboration in such a large organization.
John Wiesman, a current country public health director, will take over as the DOH director, bringing an approach to public health that focuses on access to primary and behavioral health and encourages pedestrian-centric regional planning.
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.
A group of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation is going study the Department of Veterans Affairs patient-centered medical homes to create models that can balance workloads and resources across a system.
This is the second commentary in a series about the recent "Report to the President - Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technology to Improve Healthcare for Americans - The Path Forward" from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The recommendations have broad implications for the "Meaningful Use" criteria of the HITECH incentive payments for physician adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs).
Before President Obama gave his State of the Union Address, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) addressed the state of health information technology after HITECH and round I of Meaningful Use. Like the President, the report sought an upbeat tone, but there is no question that it recommends major changes in the national health IT agenda.
It is striking how much people around the world have in common when it comes to healthcare delivery. They share, for example, a perception that their governments should be doing more to make healthcare accessible to the most vulnerable and that their governments do not engage them enough when it comes to setting priorities for healthcare spending.
Between 13 percent and 35 percent of physicians would not meet the current definition of an "eligible provider" (EP) under the proposed meaningful use rules now being finalized by government health IT policymakers.