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Patients Take Center Stage

EDITOR’S NOTE: HIMSS recently invited members of the health IT blog community to share their responses to the question, “How will health IT make a difference a year from now at the next National Health IT Week?”  (HIMSS will launch its inaugural #NHITWeek Blog Carnival Sept. 10 in support the seventh annual National Health IT Week). We asked Rich Elmore, former ONC Query Health coordinator, now Allscripts Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, to do the honors.   When we look back one year from now, we’re going to find that the patient has truly taken center stage in our healthcare system, largely due to the impact of Health IT on the culture and practice of medicine.   You know there’s a massive culture shift underway when: Patients take pictures of their infections with their phone and send them via SMS to […]

This past year, I took a leave of absence from Allscripts to serve as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) coordinator for Query Health, an Open Government Initiative that is establishing standards, policies and services for distributed population queries of clinical records.  It comes at a unique moment in time – at the confluence of broad deployment of Electronic Health Records, the compelling need for standards for secondary use of that healthcare information, and a Stage 3 Meaningful Use strategy that focuses on a “learning health system.”  That is, a system in which the vast array of health data can be  aggregated, analyzed, and leveraged using real-time algorithms and functions.   I’m thrilled to be back and sharing what I learned about what we can do to implement a learning health system that benefits patients on a national scale. Our work began in […]