Category Archives: Health Information Technology

Advancing Patient-Centeredness and Equity through Technology

The other major health care policy legislation enacted within the past two years is the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which was part of the economic stimulus legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The HITECH Act provides up to $30 billion to hospitals, physicians, community health centers and other “eligible providers”. The federal funds will be available through incentive payments paid through Medicare and Medicaid. Hospitals and physicians must demonstrate “meaningful use of certified electronic health records” to qualify for the incentive payments. The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is overseeing most of the implementation of the HITECH Act, in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is overseeing the Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments.

I have compiled some key resources on the implementation of the HITECH Act, with a focus on how it might impact safety net health care providers, and patients and health care consumers, especially from underserved communities.

DHHS Office of Civil Rights: Letter on Consumer Right to Access Health Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights issued this letter in 2013 clarifying the right of health care consumers to view and receive copies of one’s personal health information, both in printed (copies) and electronic … Continue reading

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Blue Shield of California Foundation: Building Better Health Care for Low-Income Californians

“This may yet be the greatest test of our healthcare system – whether we can effectively bring patients into the conversation, instead of leaving the debate to politics, payers, and providers. We hope this report’s findings bring us closer to … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Strong Enrollment of Eligible Hospitals and Providers in HITECH Act EHR Incentive Programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released updated data (as of November 2013) about the number of eligible hospitals and providers who have registered for Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act incentive payments … Continue reading

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RWJF-Health Affairs Policy Brief: mHealth and FDA Guidance

This policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Health Affairs examines the recent FDA guidance for regulation of medical applications (“apps”) on mobile devices. Consumers may use mobile health (“mHealth” apps to monitor their own health. Doctors or … Continue reading

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Food and Drug Administration: Final Guidance on Mobile Medical Applications

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published its final guidance to govern its regulation of mobile medical applications. The FDA recognizes the extensive variety of actual and potential functions of mobile apps, the rapid pace of innovation in mobile apps, … Continue reading

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Health 2.0 v.2013: Integration and Patient Outcomes Are Still Driving Health Technology – But So Should Empathy, Caring, and Communication

I attended my third Health 2.0 conference earlier this week, which was held for the first time in Santa Clara rather than San Francisco [agenda here].  Driving around the neighborhood reminded me that the Silicon Valley is thriving, with companies like … Continue reading

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Massachusetts eHealth Initiative: ACO Readiness for Community Health Centers

This flyer describes a project being implemented by the Massachusetts eHealth Initiative to assess the readiness of three community health centers (CHCs) – Family Health Center of Worcester, Harbor Health Services, and Lynn Community Health Center – to operationalize strategies … Continue reading

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White House Summit on Achieving eHealth Equity

This is the summary report from the February 2013 White House Summit on Acieving eHealth Equity convened by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of National Coordinator for Health IT, Office of Minority Health, and ZeroDivide.  The … Continue reading

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Institute of Medicine: Collecting Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Data in Electronic Health Records

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a summary of its October 12, 2012 workshop on the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data in electronic health records.  The summary can be downloaded from the IOM website and will … Continue reading

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What My Father Taught Me About Health and Health Care, About Life and Death

Three months ago, my father Andrew Shih Lun Bau passed away, peacefully, in his own home.  Next week, on Christmas Day, we would have celebrated his 93rd birthday. As someone who now seeks to improve both health and health care … Continue reading

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