Monday, May 3, 2010

New HIT Implementation Goals Announced

David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health information technology for the Department of Health and Human Services, announced that the agency will be selecting 15 communities as pilot sites that will work with HHS and the states in implementing health information technology and regulations.

This spring, CMS will issue the final regulation on "meaningful use" and the Office of the National Coordinator will issue regulation on certification standards for electronic health records (EHRs). CMS and ONC are currently reviewing comments collected last winter, which urge the agencies to consider the pace at which health IT and EHRs must be adopted and held to a high-functioning standard of use since there is not a solid infrastructure in place yet.

Blumenthal indicated that HHS is also working on regulations to ensure the flow of data and to ensure that penalties are in place when patient data is breached.

Source: BNA

1 comment:

  1. Does anyone know who the 15 communities that are the pilot sites?