Electronic health record vendor Epic is going on the offensive after claims that it impedes data-sharing, according to an article in Politico.
I think it's fair to say that for the American Medical Association (AMA), the gloves officially are off.
The American Medical Association is doing its utmost to light a fire under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, this time warning CMS about the impending "tsunami of rules and policies" that threaten both physicians and patients.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services continues to employ the strategy of encouraging the adoption of electronic health records without relying on the Meaningful Use program, this time by putting major emphasis on EHRs and interoperability into its new Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative.
David Blumenthal, former National Coordinator for Health IT and current president of the Commonwealth Fund, published a very insightful and thought provoking blog post last week about the fact that electronic health records are now the industry's "understandable but not wholly justifiable" scapegoat for many of the problems in healthcare. Among other things, he pointed to the human tendency to want to cast blame rather than take responsibility for mistakes, the fact that EHRs are "imperfect" systems, and that they're at the forefront of clinicians' minds, literally "in their faces" all day long. But there is one item in his article with which I don't agree.
The Meaningful Use incentive program may not have been the best use of the government's money since the industry was already moving toward using electronic health records and would have met the same adoption goals just two years later, according to a new paper from the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based National Bureau of Economic Research.
Growing interoperability and usability concerns with electronic health records were the impetus behind a letter sent Wednesday to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell by several healthcare associations and providers systems pushing for a revised approach to Meaningful Use.
I presume that I'm not the only person who finds the occasional disconnect between the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's blog posts and the real data behind them amusing.
The American Medical Association, frustrated by physicians' continued struggles with meeting the Meaningful Use requirements, has created a blueprint to refocus and revamp the entire Meaningful Use program.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should narrow Meaningful Use Stage 3 to focus on interoperability and "assertively monitor" the transition to public APIs but implement only "non-regulatory steps" to catalyze the transition, according to ONC's JASON task force.