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Rebecca Vesely

About Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health IT since the late 1990s for a variety of publications.

The federal government’s health IT priorities: What to watch

Top federal officials on health information technology outlined their priorities for the sector in a press call this week.

The takeaway was that they would like to see less regulatory burden for providers and help foster information sharing among trusted health care entities. Continue reading

PDMPs get kudos again for role in fighting opioid crisis

State-run electronic databases that collect opioid prescription information are being hailed as an effective tool to curb opioid abuse in a new report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC report got a lot of press, mainly for its primary findings that opioid prescriptions have dropped in recent years but still remained three times higher in 2015 than in 1999. The peak opioid prescribing year was 2010, according to the CDC. Continue reading

What could happen to Medicaid innovation under a repeal scenario?

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Now that Senate Republicans have delayed action on their Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill until after the Independence Day recess, let’s take a moment to talk about innovation.

One underlying objective of the Affordable Care Act was to spur adoption of value-based care and technology-driven care coordination – in tandem with providing free preventive care. Continue reading

FDA moves on digital health innovation

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Photo by Tim Gee via Flickr

Last week’s blog post by Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., is providing digital health innovators with a new roadmap to navigate pre- and post-market federal oversight of their products.

The topline for journalists is that in the coming months, the FDA will publish new guidance on digital health products and launch programs to monitor the industry, according to the blog post.  Key timeframes and details, culled from Gottlieb’s post: Continue reading

VA head opts for no-bid approach to EHR upgrade

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Last week’s announcement that the Department of Veterans Affairs would replace its homegrown electronic health record system VistA with a Cerner product came ahead of the expected July 1 deadline for a decision on the matter.

The move made waves in the health IT sector for several reasons. Most notably, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, M.D., chose to invoke a “public interest exception” in the Cerner pick, bypassing the usual competitive bidding process for government contracts. Continue reading