Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology launched an online portal this week to allow EHR users to submit complaints about issues with usability, interoperability and patient safety related to technology. Health IT users can report problems specifically related to data-blocking or other issues with health information exchange, product usability, and other health IT performance issues, as well as product safety concerns. Source
• The battle over abortion issues intensified as the House voted to move forward with a bill that would end government financing for Planned Parenthood, and Senate Republicans announced that they would take up legislation outlawing all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The recent circumstances are threatening Congressional budget talks and could force a government shutdown at the end of the month. Source
• Health officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that this year's flu vaccine will be far more effective than last year's vaccine, which was only 13 percent effective in preventing the virus. The new vaccine for this season will target the same strain of the virus that mutated last year, the H3N2 strain, and will protect against three or four additional strains. Source
On The Front Lines:
After a strong previous week, Apple gave back 0.11 percent to Android in net devices this week among pMD's charge capture physician users. In Apple news, the launch of Apple's first Android app, "Move to iOS," was blemished by reports that the new data migration app is simply a rebranding of software already offered in the Google Play Store. Apple's second Android app is expected to be Apple Music.
Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.