Health IT Pulse:

June, 2010

June 16, 2010  12:01 AM

Newt Gingrich votes for GE Centricity SaaS EHR

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
centricity, EHR, GE, hitech, newt gingrich

Tuesday, GE Healthcare unveiled Centricity, a Software as a Service (SaaS) electronic health record (EHR) for ambulatory practices. Only 15% of these solo primary care docs, small group practices and specialists have implemented EHRs, according to GE's count. Meaning, 85% of the market is up for...

June 15, 2010  1:47 PM

Building open source health care applications, and other health IT news

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
CMS, EHR implementation, health information exchange, HITECH Act, Meaningful use, Telemedicine

If a government-funded platform for an open source app store for health care takes off, the 99-cent EHR system could be coming soon. Two doctors from Children's Hospital Boston have been awarded a $15 million Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects, or SHARP grant to help fund their vision...

June 15, 2010  11:22 AM

Master patient index takes center role in development of state HIEs

JeanD Profile: JeanD
health information exchange, MPI, state HIEs

Strategic and operational plans for health information exchanges have been rolling in to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology as states begin implementing...

June 14, 2010  6:50 AM

New ONC workgroup to discuss HITECH security, privacy

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
health IT standards, HIPAA, HITECH Act, patient data security

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has formed yet another workgroup. This one will discuss the  Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act's security and privacy requirements, and it will do so for the next few...

June 10, 2010  1:55 PM

CMS proposes to ease the burden of telemedicine credentialing

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
CMS, Telemedicine

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has submitted a proposed rule to alleviate the burden of telemedicine credentialing. According to the CMS, the current telemedicine credentialing...

June 9, 2010  12:01 AM

HITECH naysayers come out of the woodwork

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, emr hitech act, Google, google health, hitech, phr

Ray Campbell, head of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium (MHDC), probably didn't surprise many people last week at his organization's annual meeting in Boston when he outlined the many ways the HITECH Act-fueled national health IT...

June 8, 2010  3:15 PM

Beacon communities commentary, and other news

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
Beacon Community grants, EHR, EHR systems, EHR usability, Telemedicine

As reported last week, the federal government will award two more Beacon communities grants, on top of the 15 grants given out last month. In speaking to...

June 8, 2010  11:34 AM

A seat at the health IT table: Don’t forget patients, advocates say

JeanD Profile: JeanD
electronic health records, personal health records

The Simple Minds' '80s hit song "Don't You Forget About Me" could have been the theme for a recent hearing on disparities in health information technology. Health information technology can bridge gaps and lead to safer care, but if professionals aren't paying attention, health IT might also...

June 7, 2010  8:29 AM

HHS initiative offers health data, promises improved community health

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
CMS, Community Health Data Initiative

The Community Health Data Initiative, launched last week by the Department of Health & Human Services, intends to make federal health data available to people ranging from software developers to researchers...

June 4, 2010  12:56 PM

Veterans Affairs department leads the way in telehealth services

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
telehealth services, Telemedicine

This morning a friend told me about a 60-year-old man who died suddenly of heart failure. What was interesting about his story is that he had a history of heart problems, and in the weeks leading up to his death he had told some friends about symptoms he was experiencing, but he never told the...

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