Health IT Pulse:

October, 2014


October 29, 2014  11:54 AM

DeSalvo still running ONC

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
AMA, DeSalvo, Interoperability, Meaningful use, ONC

Karen DeSalvo, M.D., is still in charge. That unambiguous message was embedded in a low-profile post on ONC's blog, "Health IT Buzz," a few days after the agency blasted out news to the world that...

October 28, 2014  3:15 PM

$840 million HHS initiative targets better patient care

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
clinical quality measures, hhs, Sylvia Burwell

U.S. healthcare providers tempted to treat as many patients in as little time as possible to benefit their bottom lines have a new reason to reconsider that approach. The Department of Health and Human Services announced an $840 million initiative that will fund organizations that work directly...


October 27, 2014  8:40 AM

CDC, ONC collaborate to improve use of EHRs for Ebola screening

MonicaVallejo Profile: MonicaVallejo
CDC, Ebola, EHR, EHR systems, ONC

The Public Health-EHR Vendors Collaboration Initiative, composed of public health practitioners and EHR vendors, convened earlier this month to discuss Ebola electronic screening tools and protocols. The PH-EHR Vendors Collaboration Initiative was established by the CDC the ONC in August 2013 to...


October 22, 2014  3:31 PM

Healthcare groups call on CMS and ONC for meaningful use slowdown

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
American Academy of Family Physicians, CMS, Meaningful use, ONC

Eight influential healthcare groups have joined the campaign to persuade federal health IT officials to ease up on the meaningful use program's requirements and timelines. Rather than focusing on


October 22, 2014  1:05 PM

Nurses bemoan system deficiencies in EHR survey

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR cost, EHR implementation, ehr purchasing, nurses

Nurses -- a group of employees often left out of hospital technology purchasing decisions -- were recently asked for their opinions on the EHRs they work with. Their disapproval was nearly universal. Nearly all of them (98%) said they weren't part of the purchase or configuration processes for...


October 20, 2014  1:49 PM

AMA proposes changes to meaningful use program

MonicaVallejo Profile: MonicaVallejo
AMA, CMS, EHR adoption, Meaningful use, meaningful use attestation

The American Medical Association (AMA) lobbied the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement its version of a revamped meaningful use program in a 30-page letter. The...


October 15, 2014  1:59 PM

ONC health data privacy watchdog Lucia Savage arrives as interop czar Doug Fridsma leaves

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Fridsma, Informatics, ONC, privacy

Another lawyer will soon guide ONC’s privacy office. Lucia Savage, a New York University Law School grad, will later this month succeed Joy Pritts, the Case Western...


October 14, 2014  2:38 PM

Optional 2014 EHR certification criteria up for review

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
2014 EHR Certification, CPOE, EHR certification, EHR standards, ONC

Alterations to the draft version of ONC's 2014 Edition Release 2 EHR Certification Criteria is now open to a public comment period, during which users can offer reviews and feedback on


October 9, 2014  1:53 PM

CMS reopens meaningful use hardship exceptions

MonicaVallejo Profile: MonicaVallejo
EHR, hardship exceptions, Meaningful use, meaningful use attestation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reopened the submission period for meaningful use hardship exception applications for eligible providers. CMS extended the period...


October 8, 2014  2:35 PM

Motley Fool bullish on health IT stocks

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
CIOs, EHRs, investment, Motley Fool

Investors who want to make money with sometimes unorthodox, and sometimes amusingly presented, approaches, often follow advice from the Motley Fool family of media market gurus. Amid the ballyhoo of their latest picks of health IT stocks, however, is a salient point to comfort healthcare provider...


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