A marketing campaign aimed at raising the profile of the Veterans Affairs Department's open source electronic health record is in full swing. The Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, or VistA, now has a website, Twitter account and LinkedIn group- just as the Defense Department considers a VistA proposal for its new EHR.
Telemedicine has the potential to enhance healthcare, improve convenience and reduce costs, but payers and providers likely won't add it as a reimbursed service due to possible overuse, according to a recent peer-reviewed article in The American Journal of Managed Care.
Network connected medical devices have the potential to better automate and control healthcare delivery, but they also present new safety and security risks. In response, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking feedback on how it can address the cybersecurity challenges of networked infusion pumps.
The Veterans Affairs Department has started a two-year pilot project to study how technology can help physicians make better clinical decisions as they contend with an ever-increasing amount of medical data such as electronic health records and medical literature.
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.
As the federal government increasingly releases more health data to help patients, physicians, hospitals and others better understand treatments, outcomes and costs, panelists at a Brookings Institution discussion Dec. 1 said that data need to be more usable and accurate.
More than 1 million people submitted applications to get insurance through HealthCare.gov after the first week of open enrollment, the Health and Human Services Department said Nov. 26.
He will lead the newly formed Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics, which will provide data access to outside health care providers and other stakeholders in an effort to help them make better decisions related to improving patient care, while lowering costs.
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.