The national coordinator, speaking at HIMSS ICD-10 Forum, said that because "there's a lot of money to be made in helping doctors get ready" for the new code sets, expressed faith that the free market will offer solutions and services to make the transition easier.
Offering 3M HDD "much like an open source component" could not only create a standard terminology but also a foundation upon which health IT vendors might build, says VA CIO Roger Baker. The VA and DoD are already planning to use it in the iEHR data layer.
Are statin drugs leading to more problems than just diabetes and memory loss as the FDA says? Following on the heels of the FDA announcing changes to the safety information on statin labels (e.g. Pfizer Inc's Lipitor, AstraZeneca's Crestor and Merck & Co's Zocor) concerning blood sugar and memory problems, a collection of consumer health groups, such as Natural Society, are raising public awareness about the hundreds of additional adverse health effects associated with their use as indicated by the published research from the National Library of Medicine.
Apps that developers have created around data released by HHS, and around innovative federal links and tools, help support meaningful use and healthcare reform, says Todd Park, HHS chief technology officer.
The National Library of Medicine has updated the RxNorm standard clinical drug vocabulary with more accurate and complete connections between national drug codes and standard non-proprietary names of medications recommended for use in electronic health records (EHR).