Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/10/14

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

EHR Association Supports FDA Plans 

According to Healthcare IT News, the EHR Association has announced that it supports the proposals for regulation of healthcare IT that were put forth in a draft report from the Food and Drug Administration. The letter from the EHR Association states that, "EHRA supports the approach proposed in the draft report that categorizes health IT based on the level and nature of risk, then applying appropriate oversight mechanisms." 

Policy Committee Endorses Creating a Health IT Safety Center

iHealthBeat reports that that last Tuesday, the Health IT Policy Committee voted to endorse the creation of a Health IT Safety Center. The public-private Health IT Safety Center would be charged with developing best practices and providing an avenue for sharing information and ideas related to patient safety.

ONC Kicks Off Hypertension Developer Contest

Government Health IT reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT opened its EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge. As a part of Million Hearts, a nationwide project led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the challenge is aimed at helping providers to use EHR and clinical decision support tools in order to reduce high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. 

Meaningful Use Incentives Step Toward $25 Billion

This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that meaningful use incentive pay-outs have now reached a total of $24.4 billion. The number of participating Medicare eligible providers has also riven from 991 to 317,294. 

Navigating the Intersection of Medical Devices, Health IT to Boost Patient Safety 

iHealthBeat reports that one of the main concerns with healthcare is being able to interlink disparate components of medical devices, clinical systems, information systems, and communication platforms in able to streamline care. The parties involved -- including device makers, information system vendors, FDA, and the ONC -- are getting closer to making this a reality. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014 9:21:00 AM Categories: industry news

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