That was one of the key questions raised in Tuesday’s Health IT Meaningful Usability Summit 2012 in Washington, DC, part of National Health IT Week.  The summit attracted representatives from government, academia, payers, healthcare IT vendors, and non-profits. I was there representing Allscripts, where I serve as Director of User Experience. The summit attendees focused on a handful of key points related to usability:  safety and usability; radical industry transformation; open and modular systems and data; and a consumer focus in Health IT.  Let’s take a quick look at each of them in turn before I return to that headline. Safety and usability Dr. Jacob Reider, the acting Chief Medical Officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT (ONC), and a former CMO of Allscripts, gave a presentation on usability of health IT that focused on safety.  Dr […]

Today’s historic ruling by the US Supreme Court upholding the vast majority of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is good news for healthcare IT proponents who support the many key elements of the law already making a positive impact on healthcare. While the media have focused their coverage of the law on the individual mandate and other political hot potatoes, they have largely ignored the many programs under the law that have nothing to do with insurance coverage but rather provide innovative new approaches to reimbursement.  For example, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which was created by the Affordable Care Act, has launched several programs that have substantial promise in relation to delivery system reform. All Americans – all of us patients — can be thankful that these initiatives will now keep moving forward.  The good news, too, […]