Connected Care

In conjunction with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's (ONC) fifth annual Consumer Health IT Summit, the agency issued new data briefs and updated figures on key measures. 

The American College of Physicians applauds the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on the “exceedingly thoughtful strategic plan” but notes several shortcomings.

Numerous stakeholders have repeatedly called for improved health IT interoperability as a first step to improved healthcare but the Government Accountability Office (GAO) just released a report identifying ongoing barriers.

The Department of Health and Human Services Secretary will award $685 million to 39 national and regional healthcare networks and supporting organizations to help equip clinicians with the tools and support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information and reduce costs.

Technology is costing physicians 12 percent more per year than it did in 2010, according to the MGMA Cost and Revenue Survey. 

Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is seeking public comments on the draft 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory. 

Getting motivating and informative text messages led patients with coronary heart disease to make behavior changes like exercising more and smoking less with concrete results, according to a study published in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.

The updated, final Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 was released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and reflects input from more than 400 public comments, collaboration between federal contributors and recommendations from the Health IT Policy Committee.

Jodi Daniel, JD, MPH, director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)’s Office of Policy, is leaving the federal agency, effective Oct. 9.

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.