It was not immediately clear, at least to me, that HITECH would have the effect it has. By that I mean it would utterly and completely transform the healthcare IT industry. It took me some time to realize that, through Meaningful Use, the government’s stipulations of what it would take to earn the incentive funds […]
The HIT Policy Committee’s Meaningful Use Workgroup will request public comment on specific points (highlighted in yellow) of its Stage 2 matrix in the next few days. During a meeting held to fine-tune the questions, workgroup members slogged through each of those points, often attempting to locate the usually sought balance of empowering patients and increasing safety on the one hand, with not overburdening healthcare providers on the other.
Rather than requiring all eligible providers and hospitals fill out what is generally the same checklist for Meaningful Use, organizations which prove they are achieving outcomes far beyond the norm could qualify right off the bat, suggested National Coordinator for Healthcare IT David Blumenthal, M.D., at the October HIT Policy Committee meeting. While the former […]
The HIT Policy Committee’s Quality Workgroup should take a less-is-more approach to developing Meaningful Use Stage 2 and 3 reporting requirements, according to committee member and Epic Systems Corporation CEO Judy Faulkner. “I am nervous that the government is going to get into the EHR design business,” said Faulkner, who spoke following the workgroup’s presentation to the full committee. “In many cases, Group A likes something, but Group B doesn’t, and perhaps Group C doesn’t like it either — I worry that we are becoming Group A and expecting Groups B, C and D to like what we did.”
Devan McGraw and Paul Egerman, respectively chair and co-chair of the HIT Policy Committee’s Privacy and Security Tiger Team, entered this month’s full committee meeting looking for approval of the letter and recommendations they put together over the summer. And while they got that approval in the end, it was only after more than 30 […]