In November 2014, electronic health record vendor Cerner announced it was forming a partnership with Livongo for Health, a remote care platform developer based in Chicago and Palo Alto, Calif., on a real-time diabetes care ecosystem. Livongo CEO Glen Tullman and Cerner President Zane Burke explained to HDM how the system will work.
Thirty members of Congress28 Republicans and two Democratshave sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell urging a shortened 90-day EHR reporting period in 2015.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tapped researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute for a two-year study that will analyze factors that determine underuse of generic drugs.
The American Medical Association issued a statement Dec. 17 that the physician group is appalled by an announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that more than 50 percent of eligible professionals will face penalties under the Meaningful Use program in 2015.
The Electronic Health Record Association does not support Congress call for the decertification of EHR products that block the sharing of health information, included in report language accompanying the fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations bill.
In its annual survey on the use of electronic health records, Xerox found many Americans are open to getting medical records online if given instruction on how to obtain access by their medical providers, but two-thirds have yet to do so.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has initiated a two-year pilot to study innovative approaches to quickly search electronic health records and medical literature for relevant published studies to hasten evidence-based clinical decisions.
In what is being touted as the first real-world trial of the impact of patient-controlled access to electronic health records, almost half of the patients who participated in the study withheld clinically sensitive information in their EHR from some or all of their healthcare providers.
The fiscal year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by Congress includes legislative language directing the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to decertify electronic health record products that are effectively blocking the sharing of health information.
Though millions of U.S. veterans have registered for the My HealtheVet personal health record and patient portal developed by the Veterans Health Administration, opportunities are being missed for those with specific medical conditions that require intensive treatment and self-management.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Evidence Practice Center program has released a draft technical brief on the state of practice and the current literature around core functionalities for pediatric electronic health records to describe current practice and to provide a framework for future research.
Passage of HITECH and the Affordable Care Act marked the advent of the era of accountable care and its foundational initiative, population health management, which relies heavily on HIT systems to communicate with each other and accurately identify patients as they move across a care continuum.
The fiscal 2015 federal appropriations budget being finalized by Congress contains funds for numerous health information technology initiatives under the Department Veterans Affairs, Office of the National Coordinator for HIT and for rural health, among other entities.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is moving ahead with the Unique Device Identifier (UDI) system to identify medical devices. Yet, the question remains: If FDA builds the system, will the healthcare industry adopt it?
More than 1,100 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and seven U.S. territories have been awarded $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to expand quality improvement initiatives.