As the popular federal health IT leader prepares to leave his post, accountable care is making progress, but the ONC is also facing a challenging balancing act between supporting clinicians and regulating them.
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.
ONC Beacon Community Program leaders, reflecting on the federally-funded program as it nears its end, discuss accomplishments, challenges, and possibilities imagined but not yet achieved on the way to what one dubbed "Beaconville."
Mobile health clinics enable underserved patients to access and consult with specialists at the University of Miami Health System. Participants are hoping the effort will tap IT to "transform care in an organized way."
The housing, medical, prevention services provider couldn't find software to replace its cumbersome Excel spreadsheet and paper chart processes, and now the Brooklyn Health Information Exchange is also using the tool to share information between the two entities.
After the storm one CIO says that HIE is not really a focus when treating patients during a disaster, while another official explains that not having gone live with their EHR might actually have been a "blessing in disguise" for treating patients during a power outage.
Several downstate New York RHIOs are either collaborating or in talks with the New York eHealth Collaborative regarding infrastructure, services, database software and operational support, all with the intent to overcome HIE value barriers.
Is this the beginning of the end of health IT's coveted bipartisan support? That, and NYeC's Digital Health Conference 2012, CDC on the verge of opening its cloud to public health, the Government Health IT Virtual Briefing, a debate, and more.