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February 10, 2011  4:38 PM

CMS launches listserv for EHR Incentive Program updates

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR incentive program, EHRIP, Health IT, Medicaid EHR incentive programs, medicare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sometimes frustrate the stakeholders in health IT by being vague or even silent when it comes to clarifying the rules of their Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program and meaningful use. Now, however, the agency has opened the doors...

February 2, 2011  5:26 PM

It’s been a stormy couple of weeks for Health IT

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Anthony Guerra, Barack Obama, health information exchange, Health IT, health reform, hitech, ONC, regional extension centers, Sarah Palin

It's been a stormy fortnight, weather-wise, for a good chunk of the country. In Washington, health care and health IT initiatives were battered by winds of potential political change as well. It started out well.


September 24, 2010  12:36 PM

Report finds health IT key to adopting medical home model

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, Health IT

Advocates of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) believe this model of patient care has the potential to reduce costs and improve health care outcomes. But health care providers who want to adopt a PCMH model of care without adopting health information technology are in for a bumpy ride....


September 2, 2010  9:44 AM

Health IT meets quality measurement on HIMSS’ Quality 101 website

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR, Health IT, HIMSS, quality measurement

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently launched the Quality 101 website, a resource for information about the basics of quality measurement and improvement. The website "provides a structured collection of resources...


May 27, 2010  2:28 PM

What is telemedicine, and how does it affect health IT?

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR, Health IT, Telemedicine

Last week more than 3,000 people gathered in San Antonio for the 15th Annual International Meeting of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) to talk about "outcomes and evidence for telemedicine and telehealth." Just...


May 20, 2010  2:41 PM

Health IT jobs No. 1 choice for college graduates

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, Health IT

With so many health care organizations moving to electronic health records, it's no wonder college graduates are seeking out health IT jobs. According to a trend study from the University of California San Diego Extension, the


May 18, 2010  1:02 PM

Early adopters prepared for meaningful use, and other health IT news

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EMR, Health IT, HITECH Act, iPod Touch, Meaningful use, phr

For health organizations already wired for electronic medical records (EMR), meaningful use compliance involves merely keeping abreast of changes in the proposed...

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May 11, 2010  11:00 AM

Enforcing EHR adoption, other SearchHealthIT.com news

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
data breaches, Data Loss Prevention, EHR, Health IT, Meaningful use, Software as a Service

Health care providers in Massachusetts who don't adopt electronic health record (EHR) technology could lose more than just incentive funds -- they could become ineligible to renew their licenses. Attendees at Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's health IT...

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May 11, 2010  8:24 AM

HITAC will oversee health IT initiatives for National Quality Forum

JeanD Profile: JeanD
Health IT, HITAC, National Quality Forum

The National Quality Forum has launched its Health Information Technology Advisory Committee, an initiative it announced last winter. The forum, which endorses standards used in...


May 6, 2010  2:00 PM

Study shows using bar-code technology reduces medication errors

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
barcode technology, Health IT, Meaningful use

The next time you find yourself receiving a medication at the hospital, don't worry if the nurse scans you like a bag of potato chips at the grocery store -- it's for your own safety. Medication mistakes are among the most common medical errors to occur, and can cause patients serious harm....


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