The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments' Interagency Program Office was designed to be "a single point of accountability" for health record interoperability efforts, but lawmakers are right to question its very existence, said a Government Accountability Office official.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is switching gears to the challenging work of policy implementation, after earlier this month issuing updated rules for the meaningful use of health information technology for healthcare delivery.
The Health and Human Services Department's information technology agency issued a five-year strategic plan on Sept. 21 that conveys broad goals that will influence more specific policies.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Friday teased a new online tool that will allow the public to report concerns with their electronic health record or other certified health IT product.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology terminated the certifications of two versions of SkyCare 4.2 on Wednesday for failing to participate in required surveillance.
A committee within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology approved draft recommendations on big data and security earlier this month.
Barriers to health information interoperability are largely an unintentional side effect of the healthcare payment system and electronic health record companies are gradually improving information exchange, said several expert panelists during a July 23 Senate hearing.
Healthcare professionals say that the exchange of health information from sources across the care continuum can provide access to "actionable" data that improves care delivery and coordination, finds a report by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Now that electronic health records are in place at most hospital systems and other healthcare providers, and health information exchanges are helping providers share those records more easily, health IT experts – and a congressional committee – are looking at ways the federal government can help iron out emerging kinks.
"We have shared data between DoD and VA for a long time. But what we have not always done – and we are creating now – is a system for providers at the point of care…that natively integrates all of the data from both sides," said David Waltman, senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Health, during a June 11 demonstration of EHMP at VA headquarters in Washington, D.C.