Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Interoperability: Improved Health Technology and Transformed Health Care in 2016 and Beyond
Despite the enthusiasm for Electronic Health Records (EHRs) that would enable the public to have access to their health information and data, the systems established by healthcare providers still are rudimentary and not interoperable. Law makers are considering legislation to update the 2009 HITECH Act implementing EHR systems and to develop standards.
Interoperability of systems has been a long standing constraint. The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT recently issued a 10-year plan to address this issue for medical records systems. Yet today, less than fifty percent of physicians have adopted EHRs and 59% of hospitals have electronic records. Strong evidence suggests that EHR systems have not helped cut costs or reduce the burden on staff. Considering the vast variety of platforms and huge amount of data, this is understandable.
There is also a lack of a strong legal framework to facilitate information sharing and a single, nationwide directory of providers and organizations able to exchange data using common standards. Compliance requirements further burden the adoption and efficient use of EHR at the expense of treating patients. These problems will get far worse before they get better.
In this two-hour LIVE Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders assembled by The Knowledge Group will review and discuss Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Interoperability as the solution to Improved Health Technology and Transformed Health Care in 2016 and Beyond. The speakers will also offer solutions to the constraints of interoperability and ways to streamline compliance requirements.
Key topics include:
- A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap
- Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
- Interoperability Constraints
- Legal Framework Limitations
- Current Status of the EHR Systems
- Cost, Inaccuracy, Inefficiency, Privacy, and Sustainability
- Potential Effects on Patients
- Potential Effects on the Healthcare Industry
- How to Avoid Potential Risks
- Compliance and Litigation Risks
Steven D. Gravely, Partner
Troutman Sanders LLP
- Introduce and consider other panelists topics and will craft questions based on that
Thomas Felch, Senior Manager
ECG Management Consultants
- Consultant – health care management
- Works with providers to adopt the right structure
- Set up and procedures on governance issues
Leonardo M. Tamburello, Of Counsel
McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
- Meaningful Use is now a Zombie: CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt tweeted on Jan 12: “In 2016, MU as it has existed – with MACRA– will now be effectively over and replaced with something better #JPM16.”
- ONC’s 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (the “2016 Advisory”)
- Senate HELP Committee Draft legislation addressing interoperability and usability of EHRs (issued 1/2/22/2016)
Robert F. Elliott, Esq., Senior Partner
Bartlett, McDonough & Monaghan, LLP
- New and unique compliance and malpractice risks associated with EMRs
- User (Mis)use of EMR Functions: mis-clicks, copy-paste, copy-forward
- Discovery challenges presented by EMRs
- Mistrust of the accuracy of the record
- Difficulty "certifying the record "
- Discovery difficulties- What has actually been produced? Where can I find the rest of the relevant information?
Who Should Attend:
- Health Information Managers
- Government Health Policy Officials
- Health Information Management Officers
- Health Information Compliance Officers
- Health Technology Managers and Experts
- Healthcare Trainers
- Health Privacy and Security Officers
- Healthcare Lawyers
- Medical Office Managers
- Healthcare Directors
Steve Gravely focuses his practice in the areas of health law and disaster preparedness and response issues for critical infrastructure industries. He has represented hospitals and other health care providers for over 20 years in full spectrum of health care legal issues. He was the lead author of the Data Use Reciprocal Support Agreement in support of interoperable health data exchange using the Nationwide Health Information Network and has led and facilitated multiple national workgroups on complex issues related to the legal structure, trust agreements and governance issues of the Nationwide Health Information Network. Steve currently serves as the Health Care Practice Group Leader for Troutman Sanders. Steve began his career in hospital operations and holds a B.A. from the College of William & Mary, a Master of Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia, and a J.D. from the University of Richmond.
Steve Gravely focuses his practice in the areas of health law and disaster preparedness and response issues for critical infrastructure …
Mr. Elliott joined the then new firm Bartlett, McDonough & Monaghan, LLP as its first associate in 1992 and was recognized for his legal talent the following year when he was made partner. Since that time, he has been named a “Top Lawyer” in New York by The New York Times as well as a “Super Lawyer” in Thompson Reuters Super Lawyer magazine in 2011, 2013 and 2014. He was recently made a lifetime member of Swarthmore’s Who’s Who – Worldwide, which exemplifies his leadership and achievement as an attorney. He is a founding member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and proudly serves as its 10th Judicial District Director.
Over the last 20 plus years Mr. Elliott has more than fifty defense verdicts in complex litigation trials ranging from medical malpractice to municipal and premises liability and construction accidents in a wide variety of jurisdictions. Most of these were multi-million dollar matters ranging from eye injuries, orthopedic injuries including amputations, to neurologically impaired children and adults. He regularly represents licensees before Professional Discipline Boards. He has handled numerous billing and compliance matters for Hospitals, Long Term Care Facilities and Residential Care Providers. He has a specific specialty in Mental Health Law and Litigation.
Mr. Elliott joined the then new firm Bartlett, McDonough & Monaghan, LLP as its first associate in 1992 and was …
Thomas's physician practice and multihospital health system clients have achieved significant improvements in service-level performance and high end-user satisfaction under his leadership of EHR implementation and optimization projects. He is adept at promoting change and collaboration among network and operations leadership and practice-based and centralized IT teams to advance technology initiatives. Thomas also brings knowledge of medical staff development planning and physician/hospital alignment strategies to every engagement, ensuring that an overarching vision and direction drives technology solutions. He has led major technology deployments and change management processes, including foundational EHR technology to increase practice standardization and gain greater visibility into clinical, operational, and financial work flows to achieve federal incentive programs. Clients value Thomas's ability to introduce change successfully in physician office practices and his understanding that addressing one element of IT performance in isolation does not result in sustained improvement or higher satisfaction.
Thomas's physician practice and multihospital health system clients have achieved significant improvements in service-level performance and high end-user satisfaction under …
Leonardo M. Tamburello is currently of counsel to McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP. He has focused his work in health care law, with particular emphasis on emerging privacy and technology issues under HIPAA, HITECH and the "Meaningful Use" of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology. Mr. Tamburello is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional / US (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
He regularly represents and counsels providers and their business associates concerning HIPAA and HITECH compliance. He has assisted providers with their implementation of EMR Meaningful Use and provided counseling about a wide variety of fraud and abuse related issues related to compliance with the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, practice structure, reimbursement, coding, data security and other areas.
Leonardo M. Tamburello is currently of counsel to McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP. He has focused his work in …
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