Tis the season to be thankful, in our personal and professional lives. So, through the lens of healthcare IT, we offer up a few “thank you’s”:
We’re thankful for the impending announcement by ONC of the “draft” Stage 2 meaningful use objectives. When it comes, the announcement will bring us all one step closer to certainty, which (whatever the particulars) will be a good thing. Because the only thing more disconcerting than a moving target, is an invisible one.
We’re thankful that a bright light is being shined on the transition to ICD-10. It’s a complex, multi-faceted, and costly endeavor for every hospital and physician practice in the U.S. that requires considerable advance preparation — so better that organizations start to pay attention now (nearly two years before the mandated cut-over date) rather than months down the road, when it will be far more difficult to get ready in time.
We’re thankful for the rapid evolution of handheld devices, and for physicians’ rapid adoption of them. Mobility already is having a positive impact on patient care and physician efficiency, and we expect that impact will increase exponentially over the next few years. It’s an exciting time to be a smartphone.
And, of course, we’re thankful for our customers, employees, and partners. It’s all about you.