A senator’s letter to newly confirmed VA Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer James Gfrerer expresses concerns regarding the agency’s health IT modernization efforts.
One of the key hurdles to interoperability is information blocking—both defining it on a federal level and proposing solutions so the private sector can do its own part in addressing technology through innovation. Now, the private sector has grown frustrated by government delays in meeting the goals of the 21st Century Cures Act’s deadlines.
Even if they have not encountered them in practice yet, health information management professionals may want to familiarize themselves with documents called psychiatric advance directives, a tool mental health professionals are using to help patients receive better care.
The movement to give patients electronic access to doctors’ notes continues to gain momentum, as additional studies garner positive feedback from participating patients.
“The paper and PDF forms just aren’t working for patients or for professionals,” Bechtel said. “Our records systems are in a time of transition…We realized if we could just help you clarify even a small percentage of requests, make it exquisitely clear, then improving patient experience could make your job easier.”
Most hospitals have upgraded or are planning to upgrade their EHRs to meet certification criteria, and hospitals are sharing more data electronically than ever before, according to an ONC analysis of American Hospital Association data.