EHRs are used in both inpatient and ambulatory settings to document care and share information across departments. Topics include: vendor selection, system deployment, and workflow analysis. On the inpatient side, best-of-breed versus single source is a perennial debate as CIOs automate the widely diverse departments under their purview, such as the surgical suite, radiology and intensive care. On the ambulatory side, group practices wrestle with physician productivity issues and creating interfaces to outside service partners such as labs.
Health Data Management asked healthcare CIOs, consultants and attorneys for comment on the tenure of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who soon will resign after serving the nation for five years. Here is a snapshot of thoughts:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reminds providers participating in the electronic health records meaningful use program of the ability to submit batch attestations for multiple eligible professionals and eligible hospitals, beginning this year.
Cloud-based physician software and billing services vendor athenahealth Inc. is expressing disappointment and frustration with a policy reversal by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General. The OIG terminated its own 2011 advisory opinion regarding the company's online service that facilitates the exchange of information between healthcare providers and suppliers.
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General has terminated its own 2011 advisory opinion regarding financial incentives for referrals from health professionals to an online service that facilitates the exchange of information between healthcare providers and suppliers.
Patient safety organization ECRI Institute has brought together 10 other PSOs and six associations, as well as a group of provider organizations and software vendors, to create a national framework for proactively identifying health information technology safety issues.
The first quarter of 2014 brought in an unprecedented level of venture capital for digital health ventures, according to start-up service company Rock Health.
The Northern California division of Kaiser Permanente is notifying about 5,100 patients that protected health information was on a server found in February 2014 to be infected with malicious software.
A new study from the Institute of Medicine argues that the inclusion of social and behavioral health domains in electronic health records is vital to providing crucial information to providers treating individual patients, to health systems concerned about the health of populations, and to researchers involved in determining the effectiveness of treatment.
A study from HIMSS Analytics finds only 60 percent of healthcare organizations have formalized electronic health record governance structures in place, with 63 percent of those structures involving a cross-functional, multi-disciplinary advisory board or committee. In addition, physician/clinician engagement and adoption were seen by respondents as the most significant EHR governance challenges.
Updated specifications for the Eligible Hospital 2014 electronic clinical quality measures finalized in Meaningful Use Stage 2 of the EHR incentive program are now available on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website. In addition, a new tool called Bonnie for testing eCQMs has been released to support measure developers in e-specification of clinical quality measures.
The public will get a chance to comment on a proposed risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology developed by the Food and Drug Administration in coordination with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and Federal Communications Commission.
Those who were hoping for a new regulatory framework for health information technology products were disappointed by an April 3 draft report released by the federal government. The report, developed by the Food and Drug Administration in coordination with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Federal Communications Commission, unequivocally supports a risk-based regulatory framework for health IT products that is subject to FDAs current regulatory framework.
The federal government, in its new report on creating a risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology, focuses on the functionality of HIT products, not the platform whether it be cloud-based, installed or mobile.
Certification, accreditation, conformity assessment; call it what you will, but some type of program to assure health information technology products meet certain benchmarks for safety is coming. And the federal government, while being a player and helping to facilitate, clearly is throwing the ball to stakeholders to get it done.
Authors of the federal governments proposed strategy of a regulatory framework for health information technology take pains to ensure stakeholders that the framework actually wont be heavy on regulation. For instance, there is no call for new or additional areas of Food and Drug Administration oversight. What the report makes clear is that the industry is expected to aggressively regulate itself.