Federal health IT officials are requesting feedback on a new draft strategy that seeks to modernize the healthcare system, including improving individual care and expanding research. More than 35 federal agencies have worked on developing the draft that identifies priorities to advance the collection, sharing and use of electronic health information.
The ability to exchange clinical information and take advantage of financial incentives came in as the two top reason why healthcare providers adopt electronic health records, says a Dec. 5 Health and Human Services Department data brief. The data brief (pdf) details why physicians decided to adopt, or not adopt, EHRs. The brief is also meant to help explain how financial incentives drive EHR adoption.
Doctors and hospitals continue to leverage health information technology at an increased rate, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's annual report (pdf) to Congress.
Veterans will now be able to get some vaccinations at a nationwide drugstore's retail locations thanks to improved sharing of veteran electronic health records with a private platform.
The Defense Department Aug. 25 officially issued a final, highly anticipated solicitation for a potential $11 billion program to modernize its electronic health record system.
The use of electronic health records by hospitals and doctors is up significantly in 2013, two new reports released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicated.
An internal Health and Human Services Department audit found insufficient oversight in ensuring that certified electronic health records securely protected patient health data.
After several draft versions, a request for proposal for the Defense Department's highly-anticipated electronic health record is taking shape. Draft solicitations for the DoD's Healthcare Management System Modernization, or DHMSM, have been updated several times since DoD issued its first acquisition draft document in January.
The fiscal 2015 Veterans Affairs Department appropriations bill (H.R.4486) passed in the House with restrictions on the department's electronic health record modernization program.
The FBI is warning healthcare providers that lax cybersecurity standards will leave their computer systems more vulnerable to hackers as the industry transitions to electronic health records.