Health IT Pulse:

March, 2011

March 31, 2011  1:24 PM

Senator wants HITECH Act to include behavioral health care providers

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR incentive program, HITECH Act

Some health care providers could be confused about whether they qualify for incentive funds from the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act,...

March 30, 2011  11:35 AM

ACOs on fire — at least as a concept — but what’s the bottom line?

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
accountable care organizations, ACO, clinical data analytics, Health care reform and federal initiatives, HMO

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) promise to lower health care costs while raising the quality of care and saving the U.S. health care system from bankruptcy, all in one fell swoop. Pardon our jaded perspective, but that sounds pretty optimistic for a concept that smells like a health...

March 28, 2011  12:41 PM

Federal health IT strategic plan coming together

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
Health IT policy, Meaningful use, ONC, stra

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) seeks comments on its health IT strategic plan. Unveiled March 25, the 80-page plan...

March 25, 2011  1:59 PM

Health IT leaders: Don’t ignore your clinical engineering services

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
clinical engineering, Health IT, medical devices

Health care leaders who care about patient safety, cost control and compliance with health care regulations shouldn't overlook the importance of their clinical engineering services, according to a new

March 23, 2011  12:08 PM

AHRQ issues National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Meaningful use, National Quality Strategy, quality of care

Last Monday, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) unveiled its National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care ("National Quality Strategy," for short). Mandated by the health care...

March 22, 2011  12:00 PM

Questions on the EHR Incentive Programs? CMS has answers

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

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The latest additions to the CMS FAQ...

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March 18, 2011  1:02 PM

Developers wanted: Health care app store ready to stock up

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR, health care app, ipad ehr, Smartphones

The researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School who envisioned a health care app store -- where physicians could download and test-drive an...

March 16, 2011  1:00 AM

Cost of a data breach rises over last 12 months

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Data breach, HIPAA, patient data security, PHI

Setting aside the somewhat nebulous costs of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement and the negative publicity involved with data breaches, we can still say definitively that the cost of a health care data breach is rising. How much? It costs $20,663 to resolve a...

March 14, 2011  12:21 PM

Wavelink eyes mobile device management for health care

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
HIMSS 2011, mobile device management, mobile health

Wavelink Corp. has made a name for itself in mobile device management. Its Wavelink Avalanche wireless device and infrastructure management platform is used to manage smartphones, tablets and...

March 10, 2011  3:27 PM

New app brings the iPad one step closer to health care

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
ipad, ipad adoption

The question, "Can I use an iPad to access a patient's electronic health record?" is heard often these days in health care IT departments. The answer is usually is no, because the iPad -- a consumer device -- lacks the level of security an enterprise environment needs. As demand for

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