A group of 42 medical societies have banded together to urge a delay in the Meaningful Use program. 

This week in health IT there were some incremental developments on the interoperability front. 

More than 165,000 mobile health apps are now available to consumers, according to a report published by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. 

The American Society for Clinical Oncology has issued a position statement urging Congress to pass legislation that would strengthen interoperability of EHRs. 

Some of the biggest EHR vendors have gag clauses in their contracts that prevent their provider customers from sharing information about any software issues that could compromise patient safety.

Researchers identified five main problem categories and key factors contributing to these problems in a review of literature about patient portals.

Despite top stories regarding ICD-10, interoperability and more, privacy and security dominated the headlines in the healthcare arena again this week. 

Seventy percent of providers use an average of four different vendors to meet their security requirements, according to the inaugural report on healthcare security from KLAS.

Not all EHR vendors are submitting required reports on their products' usability testing, according to research published in JAMA.

The federal Interoperability Task Force presented its report to the Health IT Policy Committee during its Sept. 9 meeting, covering clinical, technical, organizational and financial barriers.

An analysis of EHR vendors revealed that the vast majority of hospitals eligible for the Meaningful Use were able to update their certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to achieve the 2014 base definition with their current vendor.

A Democratic senator is calling for the expansion of phone subsidies for low-income Americans to include broadband internet service to help veterans.