Health IT Pulse:

March, 2010

March 31, 2010  12:00 AM

Why the ONC can’t endorse a particular EHR vendor

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
David Blumenthal, EHR, EHR implementation, Interoperability and health information exchange, ONC

After Dr. David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health information technology, delivered the Tuesday keynote at last week's IEEE-AMA conference on personalized medicine in Washington, D.C., an audience member representing the Mayo Clinic...

March 30, 2010  9:29 AM

Stage 2 meaningful use criteria already in the crosshairs

JeanD Profile: JeanD
Meaningful use, patient safety organizations

Stage 1 meaningful use requirements aren't yet finalized, but policymakers and industry stakeholders are already turning their eyes to what might be coming down the pike for Stage 2. By 2012, providers will have to begin implementing Stage 2 requirements, whatever they might be. The Centers for...

March 29, 2010  9:40 AM

What the health reform bill means for health IT

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
EHR implementation, Health care reform and federal initiatives

Last week's signing into law of the historic health reform bill is expected to affect all hospital departments -- and IT is no exception. In the days since its signing, many bloggers have pontificated on what the health reform bill means for health IT. Here we offer a small sample. For starters,...

March 25, 2010  12:00 PM

NHIN Direct to help providers exchange health information

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
health information exchange, HIE, Meaningful use, NHIN

As the deadlines to receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act incentive payments draw ever closer, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is eager to jump-start its NHIN Direct project for exchanging health information...

March 24, 2010  10:26 AM

EHR implementation a foregone conclusion, ONC says

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR implementation, electronic health records, ONC

In addition to addressing health care reform, Dr. David Blumenthal, the national coordinator for health IT, took some time during his keynote at the First AMA-IEEE Medical Technology Conference on Personalized Healthcare yesterday to address an equally...

March 23, 2010  12:46 PM

CCHIT certification revamp announced — but you already knew that

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood

Today, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology issued a press release announcing the April 7 reopening of the CCHIT certification process and the formal...

March 23, 2010  9:56 AM

Learning what it takes to undergo an EHR implementation

JeanD Profile: JeanD
EHR implementation

Like the path to true love, the course to true electronic health records (EHR) never does run smooth: This is the realization that dawns on providers some time after they begin the implementation process. At least, this could be a conclusion one reaches after hearing several tales from hospitals...

March 22, 2010  11:34 AM

Will meaningful use rules leave rural doctors vulnerable?

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
EHR, EHR implementation, Meaningful use

On the final day of the comment period for federal meaningful use rules regarding electronic health record (EHR) technology, a group of more than 90...

March 18, 2010  1:26 PM

Of sports cars and meaningful use

JeanD Profile: JeanD
Health IT, Meaningful use

What do Ferraris and health information technology have in common? Both need a good support network if they're going to provide any meaningful use, according to Marc Probst, vice president and chief information officer of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare. Probst provided the...

March 18, 2010  11:38 AM

House members seek revision of meaningful use requirements

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR, EHR implementation, Meaningful use, ONC

Earlier this week, more than 200 members of Congress submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) urging them to modify the

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