Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH)

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Hawaii Beacon Touts New Successes

Erin McCann | Healthcare IT News | July 9, 2013

When ONC reported to Congress last month on both the HITECH Act's achievements and the barriers left to overcome, officials cited notable progress seen across the $250 million Beacon Community projects. [...] Read More »

Health Care Data as a Public Utility: How Do We Get There?

Mohit Kaushal and Margaret Darling | Brookings | May 18, 2016

Despite the technological integration seen in banking and other industries, health care data has remained scattered and inaccessible. EHRs remain fragmented among 861 distinct ambulatory vendors and 277 inpatient vendors as of 2013.Similarly, insurance claims are stored in the databases of insurers, and information about public health is often kept in databases belonging to various governmental agencies. These silos wouldn’t necessarily be a problem, except for the lack of interoperability that has long plagued the health care industry. For this reason, many are reconsidering if health care data is a public good, provided to all members of the public without profit...

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Health Care IT Chief's Departure Leaves Gap In EHR Leadership

Brian T. Horowitz | eWeek | August 10, 2013

Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the Obama administration's national coordinator for health IT, announced his resignation on Aug. 6. Read More »

Health I.T. Job Growth Has Been Underestimated?

William Hersch | HealthData Management | October 10, 2013

New data from an analysis of online job postings confirms that employment growth in health information technology (HIT) has even further exceeded projections, driven by funding from the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. [...] Read More »

Health Industry Struggling To Keep Up With Growing ID Theft Problem

Dan Bowman | FierceHealthIT | February 10, 2014

The rise in medical identity theft in the U.S. in recent years--and in particular, theft involving a breach in technology--has been swift and has left many concerned about the effectiveness of privacy regulations, according to a recent Stateline report. Read More »

Healthcare Corp. Approved For EHR Incentive Payment

Moneth Deposa | Saipan Tribune | March 5, 2013

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. stands to get $1.4 million within a month as incentive payment for its electronic health record project after it received drawdown approval over the weekend. Read More »

HealtheConnections RHIO Transitioning HIE Platform To Mirth Corporation

Press Release | HealtheConnections, Mirth Corporation | February 5, 2013

HealtheConnections, the Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) supporting the 1.4 million lives in Central New York, today announced that it is partnering with Mirth Corporation to upgrade and expand its capabilities and reach. Read More »

HIE, Interoperability Still Center Stage

Anthony Brino | Healthcare IT News | August 8, 2013

As Farzad Mostashari, MD, prepares to leave the ONC, his office and  the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are looking to the future and plotting long-term information exchange and interoperability policy strategies. Read More »

HIEs Craft Strategies For Non-Targeted Query

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | June 26, 2013

In the process of creating health information exchange recommendations, the Health IT Policy Committee’s Privacy & Security Tiger Team is considering practices that have been developed for a critical care coordination practice: non-targeted query. Read More »

How Do Cloud-Based EHRs Address Common Implementation Woes?

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | August 29, 2013

After spending thousands of dollars on an EHR system, computers, IT infrastructure, installation, and staff training, most providers hope that they never have to go through the EHR implementation process again. [...] Read More »

How EHRs Can Help You To Save Time, Cost And More

Randy Egdom | Health Works Collective | December 15, 2013

Electronic Health Records is a term which is being chanted more often than ever in the United States. Through the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, the US has spent over $30 billion on EHRs. Are these EHRs really worth the investment? Read More »

i2b2 Open Source Software Boosts HIE, Biomedical Research

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | November 16, 2012

The health informatics software i2b2 — Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside — was started in 2006, and has become something of a building block for several health information networks and research projects in genomics, pharmaceuticals and population health. Read More »

Interoperability? Not Without Standards

Chuck Parker | Gibson Consultants | June 1, 2013

We constantly hear that healthcare needs interoperability like the ATM or cell phone networks, but what does that really mean? Interoperability is becoming more important as we begin to implement systems in all of healthcare. The goal of the HITECH and ACA legislation was to increase the use of HIT throughout the modes of care. Once implemented, especially at scale, these systems need to easily talk or communicate with each other. Read More »

Is The EHR Transition Hitting Speed Bumps Or A Concrete Wall?

Jeff Rowe | Government Health IT | March 8, 2013

We interrupt this policy initiative for a period of reassessment! No, there’s no formal reconsideration of the HITECH act under way, but this article does a nice job of chronologically lining up numerous objections or challenges to the goals and methods of HITECH which, the author suggests, may indicate that a “backlash” is underway. Read More »

Lawmakers Call For 'Reboot' Of Meaningful Use Program

Marla Durban Hirsch | FierceEMR | April 16, 2013

Six Republican Senators have formally requested that U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provide a written plan to address how the agency is implementing the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Read More »