The federal government continued to implement the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, during the first quarter of 2014.
The first quarter of 2014 saw a number of important developments:
M&A, Financial Reports and Funding
Although New Hampshire is widely seen as a leader in health data transparency, it could do more to boost the use of its consumer price-compare website and make data more easily understandable, according to a report by the California HealthCare Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Modern Healthca
Meaningful use stages 1 and 2 fall short of implementing the interoperability among electronic health records that is necessary to facilitate information exchange and develop a robust health data infrastructure, according to a new report from a taskforce assembled by the MITRE Corporation, Health Data Management
In an iHealthBeat report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed the implications of the recent dearth of health IT professionals, and what some companies are doing to address it.
By the end of this year, there will be a national shortfall of 51,000 qualified health IT professionals. With the shortage, medical centers have to compete for talent -- particularly in rural areas, where it's harder to attract qualified workers.
As of the end of February, 458,137 eligible hospitals and professionals were participating in the meaningful use program, officials said during a Health IT Policy Committee meeting last week, Government Health IT reports.
Two thousand primary care surveyed EHR users narrowed down an elite group of systems vendors across eighteen probing key performance indicators from a field of over 400 qualified healthcare software firms. As thousands of primary care practices still scramble to select and implement records systems, current adopters identify the firms that delivered on implementation success, productivity, outcomes, connectivity, meaningful use achievement and crucial stimulus fund requirements.
Please join CMS and health care industry leaders to discuss important eHealth topics:
Topics for the Healthcare User Experience (#HCUX) tweet chat
#HCUX TweetChat for June 26, 2014
The first #HCUX (Healthcare User Experience) chat was hosted by Bennett Lauber (@uuAbility), Chief Experience Officer of The Usability People, LLC
The moderator for this chat has not yet been set.
Topics, so far, are:
Better clinical information system user experience can improve the quality of care. Discuss -
Can someone tell me why no one advertises #design positions in #hit? HIT needs consumer grade #UX
Health IT experts and industry stakeholders are looking to CMS to provide clarity on a newly enacted law that delays the ICD-10 compliance deadline until at least 2015, Modern Healthcare reports (Carlson/Robeznieks, Modern Healthcare, 4/1).
The Federal Health Architecture (FHA) is working with Open Health Tools (OHT) to migrate the governance and code management of CONNECT, an open source software solution that enables secure health information exchange (HIE), to their open source community. OHT, a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization that governs open source communities and provides a framework for individuals, vendors, and government to collaborate on health IT projects, has selected CONNECT as one of their projects.