Boston is the birthplace of the American Revolution as well as a revolution of sorts in applied medical informatics. Thus, we saw it only fitting to make this city where so many famous patient care applications were created, the location for the first AMDIS Fall Symposium. It’s also our first meeting on the East Coast.
The Department of Health & Human Services has declared 2013 the year of implementation of Meaningful Use (MU) and no rulemaking regarding Stage 3 will occur before 2014. While the numbers regarding incentive payments and EHR adoption continue to increase, I would say that many healthcare providers are questioning the whole initiative.
The 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Information Society (HIMSS) annual convention was a busy, informative and insightful time in New Orleans. During the Physicians’ IT Symposium, co-hosted by AMDIS, I was particularly struck by the realization that we are at the point where the vision of the pioneers in this field has begun to be realized.
Usability is a word that pops up as people start to get serious with any technology. Discussions with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and colleagues from across the U.S. indicate that usability in all dimensions is one of the greatest next steps for us to successfully incorporate health IT into the practice of medicine.
CMIOs have transformed the U.S. health IT system, and healthcare professionals have gone from oblivion to engagement with medical informatics. A recognized specialty has been formed and included in mainstream medical education. Now, young physicians interested in medical informatics careers also are playing an important role.
The 20th annual AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium marked a banner year. Turnout for the annual conference was larger than ever before, with more than 250 people. We saw a number of individuals whom weve never had before in Ojai, Calif. For many reasons, this was a time to celebrate the evolution of the CMIO role in the U.S.
One fundamental reason why EHR usability isnt where it needs to be yet is because of lack of use. There are organizations and individuals that have absorbed applied information technology in healthcare, and have had it in place for decades. But as of a year ago or so, the percentage of the medical population in this county that had implemented a full EHR was only between 15 and 20 percent.