True to its word, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is moving at full steam to provide governance support to health information organizations (HIOs) to spur the industry to widespread electronic data exchange. ONC has formed a governance framework with business, trust and other principles to create a "common foundation" for all types of health information exchange governance models. Still, I wonder if this decision ultimately may come back to haunt the industry.
Implementing an electronic medical records system in Malawi included the usual challenges, such as having tech staff available, selling clinicians on its value and training them to use it. But there were additional challenges, including power outages, low computer literacy in some areas and co-existing with a paper-based system, according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine .
The urgency to modernize the U.S. healthcare system and the pace of change that can be absorbed by both providers and IT vendors is a delicate balance, National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, M.D., said at a Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., this morning.
Lack of electronic health record interoperability at a new hospital jointly run by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense is adversely affecting clinical care and costing the government millions of dollars, according to a new report published this week by the Institute of Medicine.
Healthcare technology professionals have had their fill of challenges in 2012, from working to meet Stage 1 of Meaningful Use, to preparing for other government initiatives, such as the switch to ICD-10 coding--which has been pushed back by a year. As the year begins to wind down, we wanted to know what looming challenges will be top-of-mind for such hospital CIOs entering 2013.
Different approaches to electronic health record training do not appear to affect the knowledge or proficiency of those being trained, according to a study conducted by Westchester, New York-based Sound Shore Medical Center.
Good news for HIT staff; bad news for their bosses: Employers posted more than 15,000 online job ads for healthcare professionals to manage EHR systems, up 31 percent from last year and up 88 percent...
Add doctors to the list of healthcare providers with California's Contra Costa Health Services complaining about its recently installed electronic health record system.
Standards development icon Health Level Seven International (HL7) has decided to offer its intellectual property, including its standards for interoperability, free of charge via licensing agreements, beginning in 2013.
Medical school students are using EHRs at a higher rate than practicing physicians, but education is lacking. Without guidelines, physicians face significant roadblocks to adoption.