Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have again expressed concern over the botched development and higher-than-expected price tag of creating a seamlessly integrated electronic health record between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
If EHR and practice management software makers don't deliver the necessary updates in time for medical practices to test internally and externally, then the days after Oct. 1, 2104 promise to be something of a mess.
Spanning four presidents and two military branches between them, the new CIO and COO are tasked with supporting, and in the case of COO, holding accountable, Medicare, Medicaid and other programs, at a time when the nation's healthcare system is under great changes.
An appeals court ruling ending the FCC's Open Internet Order may not mean a less open Internet. But it does bring more variables to mHealth commercialization and regulation and it may help spur competition to bring much faster Internet speeds than Americans have now.
Caring for New Orleans' poor two decades ago, the new ONC leader found herself working in a system that "was really not what we should see for any person on the planet." After trying to reform that system post-Katrina, she's now taking on national problems.
Telemedicine is being praised, and rightly so, for folding space and time to deliver first-class healthcare to rural populations as well as homebound city dwellers. What we don't hear so much about are the limitations.
Practically every agency with any connection to consumer privacy has dabbled in regulating location tracking, albeit in a patchwork fashion. But with the stakes rapidly growing and consumer awareness in fast pursuit, new legislation might not be far off.
With clinician dissatisfaction in EHR usability persisting, users and designers need to collaborate more -- and question the government and industry's assumptions on the best paths forward, Jacob Reider suggests.