Health Care Information Technology

DeSalvo steps down from ONC position to aid U.S. Ebola responseFormer national coordinator named assistant health and human services secretary
Meaningful Use 2: A work in progress for physiciansSome critics of the EHR incentive program have said the slow rate of attestation shows that the program should be revamped or dropped.
Roundtable: The future of interoperabilityThree experts from different parts of the health IT arena discuss the barriers to achieving interoperability.

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10 Apple HealthKit mobile apps for physicians and their patientsThe latest version of Apple’s operating system iOS 8, released in September, allows physicians to connect with patients in more ways than before.
Primary care can extinguish fee-for-service, study saysA new report suggests that primary care can phase out fee-for-service models by incorporating multiple healthcare teams, diverse pay models and technology.
AMA provides blueprint for making meaningful use more physician friendlyThe American Medical Association released its blueprint for the future of the meaningful use incentive program, a proposal that includes greater physician flexibility in attesting and addressing physician usability challenges

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How to avoid modifier 25 denialsExploring three patient scenarios using the modifier 25 code.
Health IT stakeholders: Time for Congress to take actionNearly 60 health information technology stakeholders want Congress to take action to clear up uncertainty surrounding the regulation and oversight of health IT.
Physicians needn’t fear avalanche of patient e-mailsAfter initial spurt, electronic messaging usually levels off, study finds
Top 50 EHR software companies of 2014Medical Economics is unveiling this exclusive report on the top 50 electronic health record (EHR) vendors in an effort to help physicians make purchasing decisions. Companies are listed in alphabetical order.

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