President Obama and others have been pushing electronic health records for years, in part because electronic health records will enable the country to maintain a Nationwide Health Information Network.
To further that effort, Congress passed measures as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act last year that provide federal incentives to eligible health care facilities and physicians that implement certified electronic health records systems. For months now, providers and observers alike have watched as the Department of Health and Human Services has worked to define how those providers can qualify for incentive dollars.
Last week, according to HealthIT News, the Health IT Policy Committee's Governance Work Group, led by John Lumpkin, MD, met for the first time and outlined its goals. Writer Mary Mosquera explains:
The workgroup was chartered - not to set specific standards or policies - but to define a process for assuring secure information exchange..."We can identify those areas impeding exchange nationwide and how best to address them in governance," said Lumpkin.
The group's recommendations will be presented to the Health IT Policy Committee next month. Part of the work group's plan of attack, then, is to gather recommendations from other industries, like banking, that have established processes and policies for the secure exchange of sensitive information. As such, information panels designed to elicit those recommendations are scheduled for Sept. 28.