Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fundamental Questions about Certified Electronic Health Records

The Technology and Innovation subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing on Meaningful Use.

The hearing charter observed, based on a CRS report on the HITECH Act, "The ONC drafted a framework that outlined four goals for HIT (Health Information Technology):
  1. informing clinical practice by accelerating the use of EHRs (Electronic Health Records);
  2. connecting clinicians allowing them to exchange information in a secure environment;
  3. personalizing health care by enabling consumers to participate in their care; and
  4. improving population health through public health surveillance and through the acceleration and application of health research in clinical care."
Opening statements were given by Chairman Ben Quayle (R-AZ), Dr. Farzad Mostashari (ONC), Dr. Charles H. Romine (NIST), Mr. Marc Probst (Intermountain Healthcare), Ms. Rebecca Little (Medicity), and Dr. Willa Fields (HIMSS).

Brian Ahier, Dan Bowman, and Joseph Goedert covered the hearing. Scant mention was made of the last 14 minutes of the Q&A time which were the most revealing. (Hearing Video)

A transcript of those exchanges follows.