Six years after requiring hospitals to disclose infection rates, New York is seeing rates fall -- a possible sunshine effect. But with hospital-acquired infections, particularly resistant C. difficile, still a national problem, should more states mandate infection reporting?
By requiring digital submission of accident and illness data, OHSA hopes to make a large step towards transparency and open access, helping employers and workers improve safety, but they'll have to convince the industry.
Should ACO patients receive better care than those under the fee-for-service model? Even if that expense falls on the provider? CMIO John Frownfelter, MD, discusses the big data approach UnityPoint is taking to answer those questions.
The agency's state grants are funding surveillance, detection, and outbreak response efforts in zoonotic and vector-borne diseases, food-borne diseases, influenza, and healthcare-associated infections.
Issuing a status report on its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011-2015, ONC delves into how the accomplishments made thus far are shaping the future of healthcare and outlines what lies ahead for the rest of this year.
On Thursday (June 2), I joined other speakers at the IBM Healthcare Leadership Exchange, Transforming Healthcare, held at the Chicago IBM Transformation Center. My keynote presentation focused on “Healthcare in the US.”
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.