By William Hersh MD – I always use my last posting of the year to this blog to reflect on the year past. As I have noted each year, this blog started at the time of a major transformation for the informatics field, namely the HITECH Act.
By Matt Fisher – The Office for Civil Rights is now seeking comments on whether certain aspects of the HIPAA privacy and security rules should be modified. The Request for Information is purely a solicitation of comments and ideas from the public on whether or how HIPAA could be modified.
By William Hersh MD – A new analysis of the healthcare IT workforce indicates that as hospitals and health systems continue to adopt EHRs and other forms of IT, as many as 19,852 to 153,114 more full-time equivalent personnel may be required.
By William Hersh MD – The last few years have been challenging for the EHR. While the HITECH Act succeeded in transitioning the US healthcare system mostly away from paper, the resulting electronic systems created a number of new problems.
By Kayla Matthews – HIPAA compliance is an essential part of running a medical practice. The current incarnation of the HIPAA regulations has been in place since 2003 and they haven’t changed much in the intervening years — until now, that is.
By William Hersh – Last month, the NEJM published a pair of Perspective pieces about the HITECH Act. The first was written by the current and three former Directors of the ONC. The second was written by two other national thought leaders who also have a wealth of implementation experience.
With over $37 Billion spent on the EHR Incentive programs, what can we say looking back and what should we do moving forward? The NEJM ask just those questions to six people who we trust to give us some insight.
By Harpreet S. Sood MD, David Bates MD & Aziz Sheikh – The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 invested $30 billion to stimulate the adoption and “meaningful use” of electronic health records and related infrastructure—with the belief that such heath information technology (HIT) can help achieve the “triple aim”: better care experiences, better population health, and reduced per-capita costs.
By Steve Spearman – Earlier this summer, the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) published a paper titled Impact of the HITECH act on physicians’ adoption of electronic health records, that analyzed how well HITECH has incentivized doctors to make the leap into EHR.
The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation has released a new report looking at the state of Health IT in 2015, The report looks at both successes and failures of national health IT initiatives and assesses what our industry may look like going forward post the HITECH era.
By William Hersh MD – It is hard to believe that the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was passed into law five years ago, in 2009, and at the end of the year, the massive legislation was shaped into a program that has profoundly altered the informatics world, not to mention all of healthcare.
By Andy Nieto – The HITECH Act “Gold Rush” began on February 17, 2009, when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act went into effect. Just like the prospectors of the 1800s who migrated out west in search of wealth, technology companies have been looking to “cash in” on Meaningful Use dollars for the last five years.
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