The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)–the agency that promotes the use of electronic health data–and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR)–the agency that enforces health data privacy–have been working together to try to remove barriers to health data exchange. Today at the 2016 […]

Nearly all reported non-Federal, acute care hospitals–96 percent–possessed a certified electronic health record (EHR) technology in 2015, according to data released from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Eighty-four percent of hospitals had adopted at least a Basic EHR system by 2015, showing a ninefold increase since 2008, when only […]

For the first time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the Medicare standardized payment amount, which makes Medicare payments across all geographic areas comparable. The information was part of the third annual release May 5 of the Physician and Other Supplier Utilization and Payment public use data. The data set contains […]

Disrupt or be disrupted. That’s the way Dave Dimond, chief technology officer for Global Healthcare Business at EMC Corp., sees the IT business—especially for those in the rapidly changing health care sector. Dimond said the challenge health care providers face has everything to do with meeting patient expectations in a world “where they want things, […]

Government officials and industry leaders will try to get to the bottom of why interoperability has been so difficult to achieve, they said at the second meeting of the Joint Health IT Policy and Standards Committee Meeting Interoperability Experience Task Force. At the March 23 meeting, Anjum Khurshid, co-chair of the Interoperability Experience Task Force (IX TF), […]

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