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Healthcare reform has many labels, but it is rarely tagged as data or technology driven. Although opinions vary on the costs, benefits and complexities of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the law drives a technological overhaul greatly needed to transform the healthcare system. An increased use of Health IT will create significant efficiencies and improve quality outcomes.
Marilyn Tavenner, CMS Administrator, confirmed the federal data hub’s completion at a congressional hearing last Wednesday. The hub will be used to help determine who will qualify for government subsidies when purchasing individual health insurance plans. Administrator Tavenner focused on CMS’ implementation progress and security measures, explaining that testing with federal agencies and states will be complete by the end of August. She assured the subcommittees that CMS is on track for October 1. She also advised the committees that states will be able to interact with the hub regardless of what type of exchange the state has chosen.
Cognosante will support Utah through the design, development and implementation of its new MMIS and will also support Utah’s preparation and completion of the CMS certification process for the new MMIS after it is implemented. This supports the state’s enhance-build, transfer and turnover strategic approach to replacing its MMIS.
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) recently released a progress report on the agency’s health information technology planning and implementation program. This year, the ONC’s priorities will focus on collaborating with its federal partners and private stakeholders to expand health information exchanges and interoperability, optimizing tools and processes designed for Meaningful Use EHR Incentive program and increasing patient engagement.