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VT Business Talks Long Term


Universal access will improve economy, make Vermont healthier

Burlington, VT – Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) issued the following statement Friday in response to this week’s election results.

“This year’s election was not a referendum on the policy and advantages of affordable and universal access to health care. Vermonters and Vermont businesses are still in need of quality care and comprehensive reform.

But problems with our present health care system persist and must be dealt with. Continue reading


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Epic pushes back against interoperability critics October 29, 2014 | By Susan D. Hall

This is an interesting argument.

What do you think?

“Electronic health record vendor Epic is going on the offensive after claims that it impedes data-sharing, according to an article in Politico”.

“If we don’t speak up, people will believe what others say about us, and an unanswered accusation becomes seen as the truth if you don’t respond,” CEO Judy Faulkner said in an interview with the publication. “We’re now in a position where we have to.”

Critics say Epic makes its difficult or too expensive to share data, which presses smaller healthcare organizations to use the same software or join larger networks, according to the article. A Rand Corp. report states that more than half of the $24 billion spent by the Meaningful Use program has gone to Epic, a vendor operating a “closed platform.”

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High school coding programs give students taste of health information management

As we all move towards increased use of technology,  it’s always important to remember it’s not really about the technology it’s about how and why we use it to carry out our intentions.

I expect that high school students may bring a perspective from their world where technology is a fundamental of their learning and social interaction.

Interested to know what people think about this Kansas based high school initiative as we see the world and The Triple Aim being influenced from places we may not have thought about!

Sal Rasa

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A Call To Action for a Nationwide Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure

An important document from the ONC.

Very interested to know what people relate to and hoping to learn more from your responses.

Sal Rasa

“June 5, 2014, 10:39 am / Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc Today we are pleased to release Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure. This paper describes ONC’s broad vision and framework for interoperability and is an invitation to health IT stakeholders – clinicians, consumers, hospitals, public health, technology developers, payers, researchers, policymakers and many others – to join ONC in developing a defined, shared roadmap that will allow us to collectively achieve health IT interoperability as a core foundational element of better care, at a lower cost and better health for all”.