Health IT Czar: Five Things You Need to Know

John Pulley | NextGov | January 27, 2012

The nation's health IT czar polished off his crystal ball this week and predicted five major health IT trends for the year. Dr. Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator for health IT, shared the prognostications on his office's Health IT Buzz blog:

  • Meaningful use takes off. Mostashari projects that at least 100,000 providers will demonstrate that their electronic health records meet ONC standards for "meaningful use" by the end of the year, enabling them to receive Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments.
  • Health information exchanges turn a corner. "ONC efforts are critical," he writes. "Robust policies that protect information and create public trust will galvanize rapid growth and innovation in health information exchange...