A key ONC subgroup is sending tentative suggestions to the FDA Safety Innovation Act Workgroup for discussions later in July. "Enforcement discretion" for low-risk HIT is mostly agreed to, but not how to let the public provide feedback.
CMS, IRS and federal watchdog officials explained the federal data hub's progress to a skeptical, at times confrontational House subcommittee. While CMS says its on track, the IRS still has to prove key functions.
With big data increasingly used to track consumers online, the Illinois Attorney General wants to know how personal health sites are using (or selling) information that might otherwise be HIPAA-protected.
Patients clamoring to get in on their charts are a growing demographic. A recent study, in fact, stated that it was "extremely likely" that respondents would access medical imaging were it made available online.
The first-ever HIT workforce survey found that 79 percent of responding providers and technology vendors plan to hire additional staff in the coming months. In the meantime, talent shortages are posing problems.
Less than 25 percent of HIEs can cover their operating costs through user revenue, and HITECH funding will run out later this year. Boosting participation by payers (a key beneficiary of HIE) is one solution, a study suggests.
The HIT Policy Committee received tentative suggestions, but some issues may still hear debate. Among them: how to focus on patient-centered e-clinical quality measures, and whether they should be made public.