When it comes to health IT policy, leaders have two choices: get engaged in the process and help lead the discussion, or wait for regulators to set the rules and live with the consequences, according to Mari Savickis and Leslie Krigstein of CHIME.
The only way to truly assess how far the industry has come in its quest for interoperability is to start from the beginning, says Chuck Christian, who provides a history lesson on federal policy and programs.
The reason why interoperability wasn’t baked into HITECH? Because ONC knew it couldn’t be developed in a committee, but had to be done “in the real world,” even if that meant it would be “messy,” says Doug Fridsma.
CMS’ decision to ease back on the final rule is a game-changer, and it wouldn’t have been possible without testimonies from health IT leaders, say Mari Savickis and Leslie Krigstein of CHIME.
In the past, security hasn’t been viewed as a strategic function of health care. If the industry is going to make progress, that needs to change, say Theresa Meadows and David Finn, who discuss the Task Force’s report on cybersecurity.