The sustainability of health information exchanges (HIEs) may come down to marketing and a reasonable business model, according to Scott Momrow, vice president of the Healthcare Information Xchange New York (HIXNY), a nonprofit organization designated as a regional health information organization (RHIO) by the New York State Department of Health.
Analysis of the eHealth Initiatives 2011 Report on HIE: The Changing Landscape showed some encouraging signs, said HIE panelists Laura Kolkman, President of Mosaica Partners, and Camilla Hull-Brown, Principal and Founder, Strategies for Tomorrow, during a presentation last week.
McKesson has completed its acquisition of Portico Systems, and will leverage Porticos technology to automate new reimbursement and network management strategies for health reform. Terms were not disclosed.
Although 2010 saw some consolidation among health information exchanges (HIEs), this has been a year of expansion for HIE in general, according to the 2011 eHealth Initiatives annual survey. The annual survey identified 255 active HIEs across the nation and its territories. Of those, 196 responded to the 2011 survey, said Genevieve Morris, eHealth Initiatives manager of research and programs for HIEs, during a web presentation last week.
The FDA has released, for comment purposes, draft guidance on mobile medical applications. The 29-page draft, issued July 21, contains nonbinding recommendations to inform manufacturers, distributors, and other entities about how the FDA intends to apply its regulatory authorities to select software applications intended for use on mobile platforms, the draft stated.
Compliance with meaningful use measures wont necessarily maximize hospitals quality improvement efforts, according to an article in the July issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. As ONC officials and others have said before, meaningful use is intended to be the floor, not the ceiling, in terms of health IT adoption and use. But should we be asking EHRs (and vendors) to do more than the basics?
Proposed changes to HIPAA establish standards that would be difficult for providers to meet and should be scaled back, according to comments filed July 22 by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).