Tag Archives: electronic health records

To Foster Information Exchange, Revise HIPAA and HITECH

Congress should learn a lesson from the success of banking industry and revise HIPAA and HITECH to allow providers and EHR vendors to charge fees for exchange of medical data.

September 19, 2017

To Combat ‘Information Blocking,’ Look To HIPAA

HIPAA, although much misunderstood and maligned, provides solid reasons why no electronic health records developer should be allowed to keep protected health information from being exchanged or transmitted, or to impose self-serving financial requirements.

August 24, 2017

Four Lessons In The Adoption Of Machine Learning In Health Care

Technology innovation systems are promising breakthroughs to improve diagnostic accuracy, tailor treatments, and even eventually replace work performed by clinicians. However, it is far from clear how it will transform health care in the short to mid-term.

May 9, 2017

By The Numbers: Our Progress In Digitizing Health Care

The US has seen a historic health IT transformation, moving from a primarily paper-based health system to one where virtually everyone has a digital footprint of their care.

September 29, 2016

Lessons From More Than A Decade In Patient Portals

Many of us look forward to a time when the experience of interacting with our health care providers will be as consumer-friendly as using an ATM or Uber. We offer real-world lessons from over a decade of work with Kaiser Permanente’s patient portal.

April 7, 2016

Health Affairs Web First: Wide Differences In Rural Health Information Technology Adoption

A new study, being released as a Web First by Health Affairs, found dramatic variations among rural providers, ranging from 91.0 percent for podiatrists to 9.5 percent for dentists.

January 20, 2016

It’s Time To Fix Meaningful Use

In replacing Meaningful Use, CMS should completely reconceptualize the program to focus on specialty-specific measures of quality and be based in normal clinical work patterns, rather than rewarding clinicians for meeting artificial “one size fits none” threshold requirements.

January 14, 2016

Overcoming Contractual Barriers To EHR Research

EHR vendors should be able to agree with the suggested expectations on gag clauses and reporting since their contracts do not currently contain “non-disparagement” gag clauses. It might be more difficult to find consensus on encouraging research, but the effort is essential if we want more and...

October 14, 2015

Fifty Years In, Medicare Has Transformed Health Care. What’s In Store For The Next Fifty?

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the enactment of Medicare. Before President Johnson signed the program into law on July 30th, 1965, fewer than half of Americans over the age of 65 had health insurance.

June 17, 2015