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."
"2014 brings a perfect storm of regulatory compliance issues for family physicians that, we fear, may derail health information technology adoption," the group told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
While states such as Louisiana are "trying to move the dial," toward more robust exchange, one official said during a CMS panel Friday, some people "will feel the slow progress is somewhat of a shortcoming."
Healthcare organizations are struggling to find skilled workers, a surprising percentage are putting analytics efforts on a backburner for lack of talent, and that is holding them back from population health management techniques.
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."
With an eagle-eyed watch on the implementation of a new Medicaid claims system in 2015, Montana's CIO Ron Baldwin says he wants the state's recently redesigned health and human services IT systems to last several decades. Which is why he is plotting the project similarly to how an urban planner might.
The Mass. Medical Society hopes a law conditioning physician licensure on meaningful use demonstration will be flexibly enforced — and that other IT requirements for payment reforms won't overwhelm smaller practices.