I don’t know how many of you noticed, but ONC has done a nice redesign of the HealthIT.gov website. Here’s a screenshot for those that don’t want to click through to the site:
Besides the website being a pretty big visual upgrade to the site, I also like the way it’s been simplified and focuses on the two most important parts of the healthcare system: the providers and the patients.
I haven’t dug into all the resources really deeply yet, but at first glance it seems like they have some decent information for those who likely don’t have a deep understanding of healthcare IT and the government EHR incentive money.
Personally I’d have liked to see a little more emphasis on EHR selection as opposed to them skipping straight to the EHR implementation. Sure, many people consider EHR selection part of the EHR implementation, but I see EHR selection as so important that it’s worthy of highlighting separately.
I’ll leave an analysis of the section on Patients and Families to the ePatients out there. I’m sure they’ll be chiming in shortly.
I also love all the social media integration that’s happening on the site. My only problem with government use of social media is that they can’t use it properly most of the time. They’re so restricted on what they can and can’t say that you don’t get the full benefits of social media.