Health IT & HIE News

DeSalvo Calls for Restructuring of HIT Policy Committee Workgroups

Health Data Management  (April 14, 2014)

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo wants to see changes made to the Health IT Policy Committee's current "somewhat siloed" workgroup structure. In a meeting last week of the HIT Policy Committee, DeSalvo called for fewer workgroups but expansion of their scopes so that they are more "strategic and forward-thinking" with the restructuring slated to begin in May for a couple of the workgroups and the rest of the transition continuing this summer.  MORE +

'Silo' One of Healthcare's Biggest Flaws

Healthcare IT News  (April 10, 2014)

To healthcare mogul Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, the dirtiest four-letter word in the realm of digital health is "silo." Unfortunately, it's everywhere. Hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices all keep close tabs on their information -- as do departments within the hospital or health network. Digital health devices and services silo their data, and let's not even talk about EHR vendors. In short, everyone in healthcare these days has control over a certain subset of data, and they're not into sharing.   MORE +

IOM Report: EHRs Should Capture Social and Behavioral Health Domains

Health Data Management  (April 8, 2014)

A new study from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) argues that the inclusion of social and behavioral health domains in electronic health records (EHRs) 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.  MORE +

Cornell Study: HIE Access in ED Cuts Admission Odds By 30%

Health Data Management / Applied Clinical Informatics  (March 13, 2014)

Emergency department physicians who accessed an upstate New York health information exchange's data were able to reduce the odds of patients being admitted to the hospital by 30 percent, according to a new study conducted by Weill Cornell Medical College researchers.  MORE +

Health IT Policy Committee Cuts 30% of Initial Stage 3 Recommendations

Health Data Management  (March 12, 2014)

The Health IT Policy Committee has approved scaled-down recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services on criteria for Stage 3 of the electronic health records Meaningful Use program. The recommendations, which include 19 objectives for providers to comply with compared with 26 in an earlier version, will inform HHS in developing a proposed rule for Stage 3.  MORE +