Healthcare is moving to a patient-centered approached and health information technology must follow suit, said Roger Baker, Veterans Affairs Department chief information officer. The VA has focused for years on creating electronic health records that deliver great information to clinicians, said Baker. "But what we haven't done to this point is turn that into a patient-centered electronic health record," he added.
In its ongoing efforts to promote the use of electronic health records nationwide, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week announced the final rule to govern Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs. The changes "will lead to more coordination of patient care, reduced medical errors, elimination of duplicate screenings and tests and greater patient engagement in their own care," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in an Aug. 23 press release .
Eleven of the 12 areas of VA-DoD integration at FHCC are "implemented" or "in progress," while IT remains the only integration area "delayed," says GAO. These delays remain despite the more than $122 million VA and DoD have spent thus far on IT capabilities, says the report.
Some of the productivity benefits from health IT may be hard to detect because data and analytic evaluation methods are inadequate, says analysis published June 14 in the New England Journal of Medicine from the research non-profit RAND Corporation.
The enterprise architecture established by the Military Health System's electronic health record way ahead, will serve as the basis of the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments' integrated electronic health record, known as the iEHR .
An early version of the VA-DoD integrated electronic health records system should be rolled out in two medical facilities in 2014.
This month has been a busy one so far for appointments in Veterans Affairs Department-related electronic health record positions. Word trickled out that Barclay Butler became head of an joint
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released Feb. 23 a proposed rule for the second stage of meaningful use objectives for health care providers in the process of adopting electronic
Veterans Affairs Department Chief Information Officer Roger Baker spoke with reporters Feb. 24 about the department's monthly data breach report (.pdf). Scroll down to the media player to listen to
There are a few pockets of successful health information exchanges nationwide--arrangements designed to share data, enhance communications and integrate health provider networks as part of healthcare