Healthcare quality and value can improve if a nationwide strategy is aligned with principles such as interoperability, system modularity and data capture and reuse, says the office responsible for setting the Health and Human Services Department's information technology strategy.
An early draft form of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's roadmap to interoperability is based on five elements that will help meet three-, six- and 10-year objectives.
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.
More health care providers will now be able to meet goals with certified electronic health record technology, or CEHRT, because of a new rule allowing for more flexibility in how they use it.
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.
Better identity management solutions could go a long way in encouraging electronic health record adoption among patients and providers nationwide, said a Health and Human Services Department official June 19. Many of the health information technology efforts spearheaded by HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT rely heavily on credentials and authentication.
The Health and Human Services Department's strategy for advancing health information exchange focuses too much on general principals and not enough on deliverables, says the Government Accountability Office.
The White House fiscal 2015 budget proposes $74.7 million for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a $14 million increase over the current year enacted amount.
The healthcare industry could greatly benefit from innovations in digital identity, said Jeremy Grant, senior executive advisor for identity management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Rather than create a one-off solution specific to healthcare, the industry can leverage other work being done to support the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.