In 2007, as meaningful use policy was just being developed, AHRQ funded 16 clinical IT and mobile health pilots, and now it has found a rough baseline for IT's potential in patient-centered care models.
Medical researchers writing in the New England Journal of Medicine argue that prioritizing, or triaging, critical care in the ICU has been underused, suggesting that ICU clinical support software could go a long way to more efficient care.
A bill that passed the House in January would sustain funding for several public health preparedness programs in the areas of bioterrorism, infectious disease and natural disaster public health management.
The Kaiser Family Foundation's annual survey of state Medicaid programs shows progress on interoperability and states mostly preparing to comply with the ACA's IT requirements, even if some are rejecting Medicaid expansion.
Through a pact with EHR vendor PCE Systems, the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services enabled sub-state HIEs to hook health networks with behavioral health and substance abuse treatment organizations.
More than 100 ACOs officially started in January, and amid perennial concerns over Medicare spending, federal health officials are hoping to show that ACOs can improve the program and reform care systems.
The health IT model communities around the country have expanded EHRs and information exchange, more community partnerships and innovative tools -- and as their federal grant status winds down at this year's end, ONC is working to leverage what the test beds have learned about HIT standards, policies, as well as what works and what does not.
In 2013, HIEs may be evolving in regions where there previously wasn't a huge need for information sharing. 2013 is also likely to bring a new focus on HIE interoperability, sustainability and clinical and business value.
The two groups are working initially with Massachusetts, Oregon, Minnesota, and Arkansas to develop a quality reporting, improvement and feedback infrastructure that could collect data for multiple programs.
Rick Kam of ID Experts and Ponemon Institute chairman Larry Ponemon share tactics gleaned from the field research that produced this year’s report on Patient Privacy and Data Security. Consider them starting points.
The Michigan Health Information Network is partnering with software firm HIPAAT to bring HIEs and RHIOs throughout the state personal health information consent management programs, as more Michiganders enter EHR systems.