Health IT Pulse:

January, 2011

January 31, 2011  11:38 AM

ONC announces $80 million more in health IT grants

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood

An additional $80 million is going to the nation's regional extension centers (RECs), health information exchanges (HIEs) and community colleges, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, or ONC, said last week. Dr. David Blumenthal, the national coordinator, announced these

January 27, 2011  4:09 PM

USDA grant money to support rural health, telemedicine services

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR incentive program, telehealth services, Telemedicine

States struggling to bring telemedicine services to their rural areas may soon have some financial help. This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded more than $34.7 million

January 26, 2011  10:30 AM

PQRI changed, renamed PQRS under health care reform

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
CMS, physician incentives, PQRI, PQRS, quality of care, quality reporting

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 -- usually referred to as "health care reform" in polite dinner conversation -- has spawned a number of changes in the administration of Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The latest is a facelift for the

January 25, 2011  8:35 AM

ONC taps Accenture for health information exchange standards

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
Accenture, health information exchange, Interoperability and health information exchange, Meaningful use, ONC

The lack of health information exchange standards represents perhaps the biggest obstacle to the federal government's stated goal of a national...

January 24, 2011  9:37 AM

FDA reveals plans for medical device regulations

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
FDA, medical devices

For more than two years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has contemplated deeper involvement in medical device regulations and changes to its 510(k)...

January 21, 2011  2:00 PM

CCHIT launches custom EHR certification program

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
CCHIT, custom EHR certification, EHR certification, electronic health records

Hospitals using uncertified health IT software or custom-made electronic health record (EHR) technology now have the chance to get their systems certified for meaningful use. This week, the Certification...

January 20, 2011  12:00 AM

New meaningful use videos instruct, yield laughs

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
David Blumenthal, EHR, EMR, I-HITEC, Meaningful use, ONC, REC, regional extension centers

Some IT managers might liken the experience of deploying electronic health record (EHR) software to a 1950s campy B- or C-grade horror movie in the Ed Wood vein. The Indiana Healthcare Information Technology Extension Center (I-HITEC) is...

January 19, 2011  11:46 AM

Applying application lifecycle management to EHR systems

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
Application Lifecycle Management

By David Schneider, Editorial Assistant Updating software can be expensive. Nearly 70% of IT departments earmark a quarter of their budget for application modernization, and more than 25% of IT companies are forced to budget half of their resources to that task, a Forrester Consulting LLC survey...

January 17, 2011  1:48 PM

EHR Incentive Program participation has ONC ‘gratified’

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
EHR incentive program, meaningful use incentives, ONC

There's been a lot of debate about the merits of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program and the federal government's ambitious timeline for meeting...

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January 13, 2011  10:57 AM

Can EMR technology reduce productivity?

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
EHR implementation, physician productivity

By David Schneider, Editorial Assistant Electronic medical records can streamline the process of gathering and viewing patient information -- but does EMR technology actually decrease productivity among physicians? A recent University of California (UC) Davis study, detailed in

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