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Obama: Health care website problems inexcusable

President Obama weighs in on the failed Healthcare.gov launch, calling it inexcusable and reporting that the nation’s best and brightest from both the public and private sectors have been reaching out and asking how they could get involved to help fix the problems. The same "best and brightest" promise was made in a Sunday blog posted by HHS. No details were provided by either on who these new staffers are, what the additional cost will be, or when the site is expected to be fully operational. Both the president and HHS took the opportunity to publish the most recent Healthcare.gov numbers: 19 million visitors and 500,000 insurance applications filed since its October 1 launch.

How ONC is getting back on track after gov’t shutdown

As ONC’s full staff returns to work, various workgroups are adjusting the due dates of expected deliverables to account for lost time. Paul Tang, MD, vice-chair of the HIT Policy Committee, says that his group would be shifting its schedule of deliverables out by a month, which includes finalizing MU Stage 3 recommendations.

Miami Children’s Hospital Enters Technology Venture With MediTouch EHR

Miami Children’s Hospital forms a strategic partnership with HealthFusion Inc., developers of the MediTouch ambulatory EHR, in which MCH will market a white-labeled, cloud-based, pediatric EHR that comes integrated with MCH’s existing EHR database. The EHR will be available for Southern Florida based pediatric practices.

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  1. How did Forbe’s bombshell article on Practice Fusion not make your nightly headlines?!?! Enjoy:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2013/10/21/practice-fusion-patient-privacy-explicit-reviews/2/

    So Practice Fusion is free to providers….until you find out you violated some patient privacy law and looking at a seven figure fine being levied. That free EMR just turned into 10k per month cost for the next 6 years. I always wondered if patients thought their providers were being cheap/frugle by not investing in an EMR in which they didnt have to share (patient) data.

    How many patients are going to lawyer up over this? Better yet, how many attys are licking their chops waiting to bounce on a class action? Welcome to the big leagues, Practice Fusion.

    [From Inga] We’ve mentioned this topic a couple of times on HIStalk Practice: http://www.histalkpractice.com/2013/09/02/news-9313/ and http://www.histalkpractice.com/2013/08/30/doctalk-by-dr-gregg-83013/, as well as on HIStalk https://histalk2.com/2013/09/05/news-9613/

  2. “best and brightest-nice to know the federal government is now going to use the best and the brightest after they failed miserably. Should’ve thought of that the first time around. Another failure in a long line of failures for the Obama administration.

  3. I know there is a lot of buzz with the recently launched Affordable Care Act and the recent government debacle, but I think most of us get our political news in other places. Can we please get back to healthcare IT and leave the political discourse for other blogs?







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