How new rules will affect patients, providers, and electronic records.
Rules have been relaxed and "meaningful use" has been clarified, but what does that mean for patients and health care providers? Brian Ahier examines the near-term specifics of the new meaningful use guidelines and he looks ahead to their long-term repercussions.
A tip of the hat to GovFresh founder Luke Fretwell.
June 15 is Gov 2.0 Hero Day. To mark the occasion, Radar contributor Brian Ahier puts the spotlight on GovFresh founder and Gov 2.0 Hero Day creator Luke Fretwell.
An early look at how the healthcare reform law will affect health IT
Brian Ahier is examining important health IT elements included in the new health reform package (no easy feat given the sheer size of document). Here, he weighs in with a few early impressions.
The Office of the National Coordinator has implemented a host of initiatives aimed at transparency and involvement
With the sea change caused by the Open Government Directive I know that many federal agencies might be struggling with how to actually implement this new policy. This is a major cultural shift in government and there are always challenges when trying to bring such broad changes to any large organization. Government bureaucracy is certainly no exception. But this last…
Taking control of your health in the age of genetics
We have access to more health information now than any time in history, yet this deluge of medical data may sometimes make health decisions more difficult. The Internet has opened a Pandora’s Box of data that can easily overwhelm us. We need a way to process all this information to assist us in making better healthcare decisions. Sifting through…
Google Health Beta and Microsoft's My Health Info
Healthcare in the near future will be quite different than it is today. Web enabled technology is already changing the way medicine is practiced. As the digital nation comes of age we will see new opportunities, and new challenges, bringing healthcare in America into the 21st century. Health consumers will come to expect they will have control over their own health data. Having secure, interoperable access to clinical data will allow patients to partner with their care providers in new ways incorporating Web 2.0 principles.