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EHR & HIT News Round-Up

by athenahealth Blogmaster,

  • As many of you are probably aware, the transition to ANSI 5010 looms on the horizon. We will be publishing some more information in the short-term that you will find interesting. But in the meantime, there’s also the ICD-10 code set changeover to consider with its deadline in October 2013. The Wall Street Journal did a bang-up job describing this serious issue in a somewhat humorous way but the comments from doctors and others were priceless.  As one Florida doctor wrote, “Doctors closing their practices in droves; is there a code for that?” As FierceHealthIT reports, the federal government has taken steps to make sure the ICD-10 train runs on time.
  • During a visit to Minnesota, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the federal government’s chief for HIT, spoke not only about how that state has been leading the way in EHR adoption but also how digitizing medical records is important in rural settings. He is known in shorthand as ONC, for Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, and that office was central to National HIT Week earlier in September. Look for an upcoming blog post from that event from our newest contributor, Lauren Fifield, athenahealth's senior policy advisor.
  • Maybe you are on your way to the airport for the flight to San Francisco to attend the Health 2.0 fall conference from Sept. 25 to 27. If you are headed out there, you might want to block out some time after lunch on Sept. 25 when Dan Orenstein, our general counsel, takes his place on a panel around the critical topic of patient privacy. We’re betting he’ll bring up information security in relation to cloud-based services. And on Sept. 27, athenahealth's Chief Operating Officer Ed Park takes part in a 9am discussion under the title “The Next Generation of Health 2.0 in the Doctor’s Office.” More clouds in the forecast.
  • A few weeks ago we launched our Meaningful Use Dashboard to demonstrate how our cloud-based EHR service allows us to track the progress of our clients on the path to Meaningful Use and how we can take corrective steps along the way. Achieving the measures continues to be a hot topic in HIT though it may soon be eclipsed by the aforementioned ANSI 5010 and ICD-10 transitions. Either way, thousands of doctors are stepping up for their shot at incentives, as this report demonstrates. They are also getting paid, to the tune of $653 million so far.
  • Finally, here’s a social entrepreneurship story from Technology Review at MIT about using telemedicine to serve poor communities in India with $1 virtual checkups. It’s an effort that got help from some angel investors who might be known around here.
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