Health IT Pulse:

August, 2010

August 31, 2010  9:44 AM

Directed exchange, meaningful consent: Learning the terms

JeanD Profile: JeanD
directed exchange, meaningful consent, Meaningful use

Stakeholders can add two more phrases -- directed exchange and meaningful consent -- to the health information technology lexicon as they continue to understand the recommendations federal policymakers are considering for the meaningful use rollout. The privacy and security...

August 30, 2010  9:20 AM

Only 2% of hospitals are ready for meaningful use

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
EHR implementation, Meaningful use, regional extension centers

Researchers in Boston and Chicago have found the numbers to back up what many have been saying all along -- only about 2% of hospitals are ready to achieve meaningful use of electronic health...

August 26, 2010  2:04 PM

EHR implementation guidebook available for health care CIOs

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
CHIME, EHR, EHR implementation, HITECH Act

Although electronic health record systems have been around for many years, best practices for successful EHR implementation are still emerging. Health care...

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August 25, 2010  8:28 AM

iPad and tablet competitors to come raise ergonomic issues

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Add new tag, android os, EHR, EMR, ergonomics, IOS, ipad, tablet computer

In the midst of testing and rolling out iPads for use with electronic health records (EHRs) -- or a year from now, maybe one of the Android or Windows tablet competitors -- from the looks of recent expert blog posts, IT leaders should consider soliciting a consult from occupational safety leaders...

August 24, 2010  11:17 AM

Physician, defend thyself: EHRs raise legal issues

JeanD Profile: JeanD
electronic health records, HITECH Act, Legal EHR

As one delves deeply into the details of electronic health records, technical standards, privacy compliance and vendor contracts, what starts to emerge is more a picture of legal defense than one of a system focused on patient care. And it almost has to be that way, considering the myriad...

August 23, 2010  1:01 PM

Tiger Team: Apply fair information practices to HIE

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
health information exchange, health IT security, personal health records

The federal government should take fair information practices into account when it sets privacy and security policies for health information exchange (HIE). That, at least, is the...

August 20, 2010  9:48 AM

NIST releases electronic health records test procedures

JeanD Profile: JeanD
electronic health records, nist, ONC

Vendors and providers that are seeking temporary certification of their electronic health records (EHRs) products now have the approved test procedures released by the National Institute of Standards and...

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August 19, 2010  12:49 PM

Health information exchange developers invited to CONNECT Code-A-Thon

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
health information exchange, NHIN

Health IT developers looking to flex their coding muscles in the area of health information exchange are in luck. The next CONNECT Code-A-Thon event -- where developers from around the country are invited to work...

August 18, 2010  12:01 AM

Mass. General EHR search pilot points way to better quality of care

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR search, EHR usability, Google

A few of us old souls can remember the early days of the World Wide Web, when you had to remember -- or worse yet, guess -- the URLs of sites you wanted to get to. "" or "" were simple to divine via the Mosaic browser's address bar, but some of the .net and other locations...

August 17, 2010  11:07 AM

Mayo Clinic helps others develop social media strategy

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
Mayo Clinic, social media

When it comes to social networking, few health care organizations have been as active as the Mayo Clinic, which recorded its first podcast five years ago and launched its Twitter account way back in 2008. Through its social media efforts,...

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