The president's fiscal 2016 budget request proposes $83.8 billion for the Health and Human Services Department – or 6 percent more than the fiscal 2015 enacted level – that includes a sizable bump for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
The Health and Human Services Department wants to get more health information in the hands of clinicians and patients, and it's looking to information technology professionals – both internally and outside the organization – to advance access to health records data.
The roadmap, which was released by the department's National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, identifies ways and actions that providers can take to improve interoperability across different platforms and devices to share information.
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.