The RECs are doing fine work, and it's all well and good for CMS and ONC to want to extend support for their work in the hopes of moving health IT interoperability forward and provide necessary training, but that will require Congress to act to extend that funding.
Russell Branzell, president and CEO of CHIME
You had to be pretty technical, and dig down deep into the 14-page document, to find anything that really impressed. I did find this:
ONC, through the HHS Entrepreneurs Program, is developing targeted, open source toolkits ("Health Information Service Provider [HISP]-in-a-box and Admission, Discharge, and Transfer [ADT]-Alerts-in-a-box") that can be rapidly and cost-effectively deployed by a wide range of health care entities including those that are not eligible for the EHR Incentive Programs (e.g., SNFs, surgery centers, and home health agencies).
Still, it was hard not to feel a sense of dashed expectations from this, the major work product of ONC's year of health information exchange.
Searching for insight or perhaps some encouraging words, I spoke last week with Russell Branzell, president and CEO of CHIME, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
"I'll give kudos that they're addressing these concerns," Branzell told me. "The right people are listening. We went into meaningful use pretty quickly during a period of economic turmoil in the country, probably without the homework we should have done on the front end of what this might look like.