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January 9, 2013
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  • Mostashari discusses ONC priorities, gives a glimpse of stage 4 MU
    Dr. Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator for health IT, said during a meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee that the ONC's work this year will fall into three categories: improving how meaningful use is implemented, solving interoperability challenges and supporting consumer use of health information. The meeting also included a look at stage 4 of the meaningful use program. "You might think of Stage 4 as moving toward the learning health system for both professionals and patients, so that we make better and better use of data," said committee vice chairman Paul Tang. Healthcare Informatics online (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMS defers deadline for HIPAA operating rules
    Enforcement of HIPAA operating rules has been moved to April, according to a CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services statement. "Industry feedback suggests that HIPAA-covered entities have not reached a threshold whereby a majority of covered entities would be able to be in compliance with operating rules by Jan. 1, 2013," according to the agency. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HIE development will gain momentum this year, experts say
    The increased focus on improving care quality at lower costs will drive the development of health information exchanges this year, particularly in areas where the need for data sharing previously was not apparent. The new year also will usher in more standardization and a greater focus on breaking down silos and proving the clinical and business value of HIEs, experts say. Government Health IT online (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Health IT should be part of the organizational strategy
    Innovations in health IT give health provider organizations a wealth of information that can be used to enhance care, provide smooth patient transitions, improve risk management, expand patient access to care and boost patient engagement, according to a Booz & Company report about health industry issues and opportunities in 2013. Health care executives need to make IT part of the strategy in order to benefit from its capabilities, said senior partner Gary Ahlquist. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 options for states to build foundation for ACOs, medical homes
    Almost every state is exploring policy frameworks aimed at addressing care access, coverage, quality, cost control and delivery system transformation, says John Colmers of Johns Hopkins Medicine. To help lay the groundwork for accountable care organizations and medical homes, Colmers recommends that states assume the roles of regulators, data holders, purchasers, market enablers and conveners. Government Health IT online (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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