Health IT Pulse:

April, 2011

April 29, 2011  10:27 AM

ATA: Continuing to limit telehealth services a barrier to ACO model

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
accountable care organizations, ATA, telehealth services, Telemedicine

As researchers, physicians and vendors gear up for the American Telemedicine Association's ATA 2011International Meeting & Exposition, the organization is making it quite clear that, for accountable...

April 28, 2011  1:42 PM

How the digital pen can help enable electronic forms in health care

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw

Despite federal incentives to adopt electronic health records and establish a system of electronic health information exchange, many hospitals and providers still include paper forms in their workflows. Some vendors are trying to address this issue by offering devices and technologies to help...

April 27, 2011  12:07 PM

‘Death by PDF’: Don’t kill the messenger

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
data exchange, EHR, EMR, HIPAA, PDF, phr, Regina Holliday

Just in case some readers might consider this a conflict of interest, I'll say it up front: I covered the world of PDF for nine years at, a site affiliated with eWeek. PDFzone's mission was to evaluate PDF document technologies and the market in which they lived, in a...

April 26, 2011  1:00 AM

Telehealth’s opportunity gap: Between interest and implementation

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
remote patient monitoring, telehealth services

Expanding existing technology in the health IT sphere is a welcomed concept; adopting that expansion is a whole other ballgame. That is the case with telehealth as it faces...

April 25, 2011  12:00 PM

The cost of getting health care social media wrong

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
HIPAA Privacy Rule, social media

In the 1964 Supreme Court case Jacobellis v. Ohio, Justice Potter Stewart famously explained, in an attempt to define obscenity, that "I know it when I see it." The same...

April 21, 2011  12:43 PM

One doctor’s reflections on meaningful use attestation

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
EHR attestation process, meaningful use incentives

Monday marked the first day of meaningful use attestation for hospitals and eligible providers participating in the federal Medicare...

April 20, 2011  12:00 PM

SSA CIO’s office shows how IT analytics pay off

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Bio-IT World, IT analytics, open government, SSA

BOSTON -- If you're a health care CIO with too few resources spread among too many projects, you're not alone. The Social Security Administration feels your pain. Its CIO implemented a system of IT analytics that constantly evaluates how its investments are doing -- and posts public progress...

April 19, 2011  12:13 PM

Silos of discussion on ACOs, meaningful use, EHRs

JeanD Profile: JeanD
accountable care organizations, electronic health records, Meaningful use

We talk about “silos” of information in the health IT industry and we must really wonder whether such one-way communication models also exist at the federal level.

Last month the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

April 18, 2011  12:00 PM

How the digital divide affects patient portal adoption

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
digital divide, patient engagement, phr, quality of care

The ability to use a patient portal or personal health record (PHR) service to view lab results, renew prescriptions and communicate with physicians...

April 15, 2011  11:48 AM

Check up: the first few months of meaningful use and EHR adoption

JeanD Profile: JeanD
electronic health records, Meaningful use

The health care industry is on the edge of finding out whether all their efforts toward adopting electronic health records (EHRs) and implementing meaningful use stage 1 criteria will be...

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