"Meaningful Use" entries
The former National Coordinator spoke at a health care forum in Boston yesterday. The biggest plea from the audience was for more time with patients–a focus not on meaningful use but on meaningful contact.
OSCon shows that open source health care, although it hasn't broken into the mainstream yet, already inspires a passionate and highly competent community.
OSCON's health care track will focus on health IT and health data.
This year we’re looking more at what you–patients, clinicians, and researchers–can do with the data you collect, while we continue our coverage of critical IT parts of the health care system.
The history and accomplishments attributed to VistA, the Veterans
Administration's core administrative software, mark it as one of the
most impressive software projects in history. Still, lots of smart
people in the health care field deprecate VistA and cast doubt that it
could ever be widely adopted.
This week saw the release of the final "meaningful use" criteria for the adoption of electronic health records by doctors' offices and hospitals. The catch is that they can't just install the electronic system, but have to demonstrate that they're using it in ways that will improve patient care, reduce costs, allow different providers to securely share data, and provide data to government researchers in order to find better ways to care for patients.
lectronic record systems need all kinds of underlying support. Your
patient doesn't want to hear, "You need an antibiotic right away, but
we'll order it tomorrow when our IT guy comes in to reboot the
system." Your accounts manager would be almost as upset if you told
her that billing will be delayed for the same reason.
The U.S. has a mobile population, bringing their aches and pains to a
plethora of institutions and small providers. That's why health care
needs interoperability. Furthermore, despite superb medical research,
we desperately need to share more information and crunch it in
creative new ways. That's why health care needs openness.
Report from HIMSS Health IT conference: from Silicon Valley technology to Silicon Valley risk-taking
I’m in Atlanta for the biggest US conference in health care IT, run by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Although many people have been saying that the medical field would benefit from a Silicon Valley approach to technology, it’s coming to seem that even more important would be a Silicon Valley approach to risk-taking. Initial report from annual HIMSS conference.