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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 10, 2010  9:40 AM

Tweaking the HITECH Act for more EHR incentives

JeanD Profile: JeanD
EHR incentives, HITECH Act

Lawmakers continue to try tweaking the legislation governing the adoption of meaningful use in favor of more electronic health record incentives for providers. The latest desire for changes to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act comes from...

July 6, 2010  1:25 PM

A critical look at the HITECH Act, and other health IT news

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
health information exchange, HIPAA, HITECH Act, Meaningful use

Ray Campbell, CEO and executive director of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, felt it was time for an honest assessment of the HITECH Act. At the consortium's annual meeting in Boston on June 4, he offered some sobering thoughts on the legislation, 16 months after its enactment. In his...

June 15, 2010  1:47 PM

Building open source health care applications, and other health IT news

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
CMS, EHR implementation, health information exchange, HITECH Act, Meaningful use, Telemedicine

If a government-funded platform for an open source app store for health care takes off, the 99-cent EHR system could be coming soon. Two doctors from Children's Hospital Boston have been awarded a $15 million Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects, or SHARP grant to help fund their vision...

June 14, 2010  6:50 AM

New ONC workgroup to discuss HITECH security, privacy

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
health IT standards, HIPAA, HITECH Act, patient data security

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has formed yet another workgroup. This one will discuss the  Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act's security and privacy requirements, and it will do so for the next few...

June 1, 2010  2:46 PM

The pains of health information exchange, and other news

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
health information exchange, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act, tablet computer, Telemedicine

Health information exchange (HIE) represents a cornerstone of federal health IT policy. As our FAQ on health information exchange indicates, HIE is poised to alter...

June 1, 2010  9:15 AM

Two more Beacon Community grants up for grabs

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
Beacon Community grants, health information exchange, HITECH Act

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced last week that it is accepting applications for the

May 25, 2010  12:51 PM

Health IT policy adjustments, and other news from

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR implementation, health IT standards, HITECH Act, NHIN Direct, RHIO

Health IT policy officials have begun to see a realignment of priorities, issues and work, causing federal committees and workgroups to redirect their efforts accordingly. The workgroup on health information exchange has updated its agenda to address these changing policy...

May 25, 2010  9:35 AM

Doctors worry HIPAA Privacy Rule compliance piles on burdens

JeanD Profile: JeanD
HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act, Medical Group Management Association

Doctors are unsure whether the electronic health record (EHR) systems they use will allow them to comply with various requirements under the HITECH Act, according to the results of an industry survey. The Medical Group Management...

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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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