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.

Webinar: A Roadmap for a National Health IT Safety Collaboratory

This webinar provides an overview of the central components of a plan to develop a national Collaboratory focused on improving the safety and safe use of health IT. In the first presentation, Andy Gettinger, MD, will discuss the Collaboratory’s role in furthering HHS work in health IT safety, while Doug Johnston will review the process for convening a task force of health IT safety stakeholders to develop the Collaboratory Roadmap.

Health System, Apps Must Evolve for Mobile Health Adoption To Take Off

Technology tools continue to play an important role for patients, particularly those with chronic and life threatening illnesses. Seven in 10 people with a chronic condition went online to find information about it, according to research by the Pew Research Center. And, as the number of medical issues a person has increases, so too does their use of the Internet to gain information about their conditions.