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.
Amid the health IT challenges the ONC acknowledged in its report -- costs, workflow and usability concerns for some physicians, and exchange limitations for some hospitals -- the past year also saw some criticism of meaningful use.
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.
The ONC's director of the Office of Science and Technology told the Government Health IT Conference to consider how technical standards can help solve future healthcare challenges, such as boosting EHR use in clinical research.
The range of managed care policies states have adopted in Medicaid modernization plans spotlight a variety of options that will be available for other states expanding eligibility under the ACA, but sound IT is still a common concern.
Arizona used $9 million in federal funding toward an HIX. But that was before it decided not to build its own marketplace. At least 7 other states have made similar decisions after spending federal grants. Here's where that money went.
In a case pitting the AMA and other medical societies against the biotech industry, the Supreme Court will consider whether genes or gene mutations can be patented. How a ruling either way would impact personalized medicine is also up for debate.