Welcome to the weekly bonus features edition of Healthcare IT Today. This article will be a weekly digest of interesting stories, product announcements, new hires, partnerships, research studies, awards, sales, and more. Because there is so much going on in the field of health informatics that we are not able to cover in our full articles, we always want to make sure you are informed of all the latest news, announcements and stories. that happen to help you do your job better. .
Stoltenberg Consulting’s 10th Annual Healthcare IT Industry Outlook Survey found that the biggest IT challenge for CIOs is budgeting for and retaining skilled IT talent, with 65% of organizations saying it is is their main operational burden. Almost the same number, 64%, said their biggest financial burden was getting the most out of existing IT resources. Finally, 54% of CIOs said they would benefit from more flexible staffing models that allow them to grow or shrink their workforce based on IT project demands.
The Sequoia Project plans to begin the QHIN application process on Monday, October 3, and has released several documents to guide potential qualified health information networks through the application and onboarding process. The ONC referred to this publication as a “transition to the operational phase” document for the implementation of TEFCA. The initial set of inaugural QHINs will be announced all at once, with additional QHINs named on a rolling basis thereafter.
In addition, The Sequoia Project released version 0.1 of the Data Usability Working Group Implementation Guide, which is intended to cover high-priority information exchange use cases that can be easily adopted by HIE vendors, governance frameworks, testing programs, etc. The Sequoia Project is accepting public comments on the implementation guide until Friday, October 14.
A study of Medicare beneficiaries published in JAMA Psychiatry and co-authored by CDC, CMS, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that emergency authorized telehealth services for the treatment of opioid use disorders during the pandemic were associated with a better drug retention and a reduced risk of medically treated overdose. The authors of the study concluded that the permanent adoption of these telehealth services is worth considering.
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