While meaningful use stage 3 will include more clinical decision support and care coordination, standards for interoperability remain a barrier. Other industry improvements the HIT Policy Committee is gunning for involve quality, safety, efficiency, patient engagement and population health.
As the United States works to reform its care delivery system, health IT must play a critical role, said National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, MD, interviewed at the Healthcare Unbound conference in San Francisco on Thursday.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released two toolsets, one for small physician practices and one for independent pharmacies, meant to help support e-prescribing implementation.
Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, speaking at a June 7 session of the Accountable Care Organization Summit, said she was optimistic the upcoming Supreme Court ruling would support the health reform law.
Catholic Health Initiatives is partnering with Orion Health to build an enterprise-wide HIE that will enable physicians and clinicians to access patient records across its 100 facilities in 19 states. Once connected, CHI plans to link to statewide HIEs in states where its 76 hospitals are located.
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.