Stakeholders Cautiously Optimistic About Proposed Health IT Safety Collaboratory

In the weeks since the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released its roadmap for the creation of a health IT safety center -- recently redubbed the "Collaboratory" to better articulate the center's vision -- the response has been largely positive, in principle. But some industry stakeholders question its ultimate operating potential and efficacy given that the Collaboratory's funding has not been assured.

The Medical Group Management Association says: CMS Should Extend 2015 Meaningful Use Reporting Period

The Medical Group Management Association urged CMS to extend the 2015 reporting period for the meaningful use program, citing concerns about the agency's delay in finalizing proposed program modifications for 2015 through 2017, FierceEMR reports (Durben Hirsch, FierceEMR, 9/1).

Usability of Telehealth Technologies

In recent years, telehealth technologies are diffusing rapidly into all aspects of healthcare practices, ranging from traditional medical consultations to various patient-centric areas. These new uses bring a promise of integrating computerized support and Internet functionality into the deeper recesses of our community, addressing the intractable problems of access and population-specific health disparities. To ensure the promised benefits of these new telehealth systems, usability has become an ever-present and pressing issue for the research community.

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