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.
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 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.