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

Questions About The FDA’s New Framework For Digital Health

Under a new administration, the FDA is experimenting with a new way to balance innovation and risk with emerging medical technologies.

August 16, 2017

The Tower Of Babel In Clinical Research: PCORnet’s Common Data Model Cracks The Foundation

The goal of PCORnet’s research platform is to use the Common Data Model to conduct clinical trials and observational studies that are faster, cheaper, and more efficient than is traditional research.

June 6, 2017

Telecommunication Policies May Have Unintended Health Care Consequences

Reverting back to a voluntary approach to NN potentially threatens the well-being of many people, particularly those at risk for health disparities due to low income or rural residency.

May 31, 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

Health Policy’s Gordian Knot: Rethinking Cost Control

The central, intractable obstacle to long-term cost containment is the near impossibility of saying “no” to ever-more-expensive care that yields small marginal benefits.

April 26, 2017

Consumer Decision Support On The Individual Market Will Be More Important Than Ever

We may be entering a world where insurance products will be more loosely defined, and plan standardization less likely. In such an environment, the availability of high-quality consumer decision support will be more important than ever.

January 31, 2017

Will Evidence Matter In 2017?

As we move into the uncertainty that comes with every new administration and Congress, a key question is whether, and if so, how, evidence from research will inform this new era of health policy debates.

January 25, 2017

Project ECHO: Misplaced Skepticism Should Not Overtake Its Promise

Ongoing and increased investment in high-quality demonstration projects and evaluations is essential to learning more about the conditions under which Project ECHO—a telementoring program—works and fails, and about its potential for improving health care delivery and health outcomes. Read why...

January 24, 2017