The former CMS administrator and Harvard professor explained that even Massachusetts healthcare system is "not going to be sustainable without major changes and improvements," and that will be part of his political platform.
The national coordinator, speaking at HIMSS ICD-10 Forum, said that because "there's a lot of money to be made in helping doctors get ready" for the new code sets, expressed faith that the free market will offer solutions and services to make the transition easier.
The future of healthcare depends on data and the technologies to make use of it, experts said at the Government Health IT Conference last week. And while it won't happen overnight, a fistful of current trends are driving the industry in that direction.
Agency recommends that manufacturers review cybersecurity practices to assure that safeguards prevent unauthorized access or modification that might compromise the hospital network connected to the device.
Facing ongoing and intense public scrutiny about its joint iEHR with the VA, more recent decisions to evaluate commercial options, and perceived absence from similar projects, such as Healtheway, OSEHRA and VLER, the top tech officials discuss challenges of balancing legacy systems with modernization.
Based on the latest survey to find an industry lagging behind recommended timelines, the MGMA calls on "vendors, clearinghouses and health plans to immediately release their implementation and testing schedules," for the new code set.
Integrating Medicaid IT with other social service programs can offer states long-term ROI. But some of those savings might well be invested in security prevention given the costs of breaches, one state IT expert says.
Declaring the dynamic duo of username and password to be broken, James Sheire of National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace explains how the a trusted ID ecosystem could enable HIE while making patient data more secure.
Finding the right technology for patient segments, "beer and pretzel" communication and explanation of consent forms from trusted clinicians are three engagement strategies that worked for some Beacon Communities.