Government News Releases – Discussion of Public Policy Comments
Improving Care and Saving Lives Through Health IT The President’s Health Information Technology Plan is an important part of his overall health care agenda to make America’s first-rate health care safer, more accessible, and more affordable.
Request for Information Published in Federal Register – Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology “…interoperability, or the ability to exchange patient health information among disparate clinicians and other authorized entities in real time and under stringent security, privacy and other protections”
Policy Landscape: Congress: Current Legislation …A considerable amount of momentum has been built recently around the need for federal investment to catalyze the creation of a health information infrastructure and the information technology (IT)…..
Remarks By President Bush at ‘Ask President Bush’ Event “Another way to deal with that issue is to use technologies in medicine to wring out excessive costs and to cut down on medical error.” …”And so this administration started a plan to encourage the development of an electronic medical record for every citizen in the country, with privacy rights. That will help streamline and reduce costs in medicine. They estimate 30 percent cost reduction in medicine when we get technology introduced into the health care industry.”
Secretary Says President’s Comprehensive Health Care Plan Works to Make Care More Affordable, Accessible News Release by Tommy G. Thomson: By creating an efficient and effective health infrastructure, we will save lives and reduce the cost of health care by an estimated $131 billion annually or 10 percent of America’s total health care spending.”
HHS’ Efforts to Promote Health Information Technology and Legal Barriers to its Adoption This is a 64 page document from the General Accounting office (GAO) describing: “significant financial, technical, cultural and legal barriers to the adoption of health IT.”
Thompson Launches “Decade of Health Information Technology” News Release by Tommy G. Thomson in which he offers 4 ‘overarching goals’: “bring these information tools directly to each point of care, … interconnect all these clinical settings, …allow patients to become informed consumers and participants in their care, …improve population health and research with information technology.”
Johnson Announces Hearing on Health Care Information Technology Congresswoman Nancy L. Johnson (R-CT), Chairman, Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Ways and Means, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on health care information technology (IT).
Transforming Health Care: The President’s Health Information Technology Plan President Bush has outlined a plan to ensure that most Americans have electronic health records within the next 10 years. The President believes that better health information technology is essential to his vision of a health care system that puts the needs and the values of the patient first and gives patients information they need to make clinical and economic decisions – in consultation with dedicated health care professionals.
Executive order outlining incentives for Health Information Technology and Establishing the Position of National Health Information Technology Coordinator. “….to provide leadership for the development and nationwide implementation of an interoperable health information technology infrastructure to improve the quality and efficiency of health care, it is hereby ordered as follows:…..”
President Bush State of the Union Address. This one sentence in the State of the Union Address by President George Bush has energized the entire Computerized Medical Record Industry: By computerizing health records, we can avoid dangerous medical mistakes, reduce costs, and improve care.
Key Capabilities of an Electronic Health Record System – Committee on Data Standards for Patient Safety – Board on Health Care Services This is an extensively annotated 35 page report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) offering guidance to DHHS on the key capabilities that an EHR should encompass. They identified 8 core functionalities for an EHR.
Health Care Organizations Publications. Comments
HealthGrades Quality Study – Patient Safety in American Hospitals This extensive 23 page study concludes that there are 198,000 deaths annually because of medical errors in the United States. This is a significant increase over the estimate previously offered by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
Electronic Health Record Functional Descriptors This is a 39 page draft document from HL7, on the EHRCollaborative website, which categorizes the features (functional descriptors) of an EHR according to 3 categories; Direct Care, Supportive Functions and Information Infrastructure. For each feature it offers a brief description and a rationale for including it.
HIMSS Electronic Health Record Definitional Model. V1.1 HIMSS offers 8 essential requirements for an EMR.
EHR Collaborative Report: Field Response to HL7 EHR Ballot 1 The EHR Collaborative is a group of organizations, including the AMA, and HIMSS, that are interested in healthcare. This report is an 87 page response to the Health Level 7 (HL7) balloting process offering Draft Standards for an EHR, at the request of the DHHS. It includes a very extensive table of potential features for an EHR.
Standards Insight – An Analysis of Health Information Standards Development Initiatives This is a 10 page analysis in which Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) discusses the functional model for EHRs, touching on HL7 and Continuity of Care Record.
CITL’s: The Value of Computerized Provider Order Entry in Ambulatory Settings. Report from Center for Information Technology Leadership. Concludes that $44 Billion will be saved annually by using CPOE.
Data available from Health Resources and Services Administration Comments
Health Choice Network Discussion of the interconnectivity of Health Choice Network from 1997 through November 2002.
Electronic Medical Records (EMR) System Planning Requirements 5 pages of recommendations for the planning of a purchase of an EMR.
Instructions for completing the Functional Requirements Checklist An invitation from HRSA to EMR companies to fill out a 25 page ‘Functional Requirements Checklist’
Spotlight: CPR System 5 pages, listing various characteristics of 102 different EMR companies and their respective product features.
Electronic Medical Records Procurement Process 14 page slide show offering suggestions to physicians regarding methodology to employ when considering acquiring an EMR.