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Rural providers cope with HIT staffing deficits

If compliance with ONC regulations is challenging for healthcare providers in urban areas, with high concentrations of IT professionals, it is especially challenging for rural providers where IT resources in the form of human capital are scarce.  The federal government’s

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Tagging technique keeps more sensitive portions of an EHR more private

State and federal privacy laws rigorously restrict sharing of mental health and other highly sensitive patient records.  A technique called “data tagging” may be key in facilitating health care providers’ compliance with these requirements. Via Modern Healthcare: Using off-the-shelf content

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HHS advisory panel recommends delaying Stage 2 Meaningful Use until 2014

The HIT Policy Committee, which advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in the Department of Health and Human Services, voted 12-5 to approve a significant delay in requiring providers to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use until

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White House Panel Issues Report on Health IT

On December 8, 2010, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued its report on the importance of widespread adoption and use of health IT to improve healthcare delivery and reduce costs. The report concluded that: information technology

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Our column in Government Health IT on RECs and HIT contracts

Government Health IT published a column by Steve Fox and yours truly on the critical role Regional Extension Centers (RECs) can and should play in distributing best practices regarding contracting for health IT systems, including EHRs.  Via Government Health IT:

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WSJ: Major consolidation among HIT vendors likely

The HITECH Act added over $27 billion to an industry whose publicly trading companies’ market cap is below that, around $25 billion.  Such dramatic expansion of the industry will likely lead to significant consolidation among HIT vendors. We have already

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Advisory panel submits recommendations to HIT Policy Committee regarding health data exchanges

On August 19, 2010, the “tiger team” advisory panel submitted a letter to the HIT Policy Committee, established pursuant to the HITECH Act, proposing new safeguards for personally identifiable information on health information exchanges.  Via Bloomberg Business Week:       The recommendations

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Slides from webinar on negotiating “must-have” provisions in HIT contracts

Last Thursday, March 18, 2010, from 1:00PM to 2:00PM (EDT), Post & Schell hosted the second webinar in a series examining the effects of meaningful use and other HITECH Act regulations on the healthcare industry. The webinar focused on identifying and negotiating

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Grassley follows up with letter to 31 hospitals regarding HIT vendor practices

Following up on his letter to health IT companies last fall, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to 31 hospitals in the United States to inquire about each hospital’s experience with purchasing and implementing health information technology.  According to Healthcare IT News:

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Sen. Grassley voices concerns about HIT vendor practices

According to the Wall Street Journal‘s Health Blog: In letters sent earlier this month to 10 companies, [Senator Chuck] Grassley says that he’s “received complaints” about systems that allow doctors to enter medical orders by computer. (Here’s a copy of

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Health IT Market Heats Up

The last few weeks saw a tremendous amount of activity in the health IT market.  Dell and Xerox were among the companies trying to capitalize on opportunities created by the ARRA incentives and certain market trends, including high demand for HIT

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HIT Standards Committee endorses privacy and security standards

On September 15, 2009, the HIT Standards Committee endorsed a set of privacy and security standards for electronic health record systems. These standards will be recommended to Dr. David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, as a basis for

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Government Health IT: CCHIT to serve temporarily as sole EHR certifier

Via Government Health IT: The federal Health IT Policy Committee today endorsed recommendations that would leave the Certification Commission for Health IT in the short term as the sole organization authorized to certify health IT systems that qualified for funding

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Maryland awards $10M for CRISP, a health IT exchange

The State of Maryland awarded $10 million to support the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), a newly created health information technology exchange organization.  Some of  the biggest players in Maryland’s health care industry, including Johns Hopkins, MedStar and

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HIT Policy Committee workgroup presents preliminary definition for Meaningful Use

On June 16, 2009, the Workgroup on Meaningful Use presented its findings to the HIT Policy Committee.  The findings include two parts:  the preamble and the matrix.   The matrix consists of goals to be achieved by 2011, 2013, and 2015, and

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HIT Policy Committee Reveals “Meaningful Use” Proposal

Via Healthcare-Informatics: By 2011, at least 10 percent of all orders processed in a hospital must be entered through CPOE to qualify that institution for CMS incentives under the HITECH Act, according to a proposed matrix of meaningful use released

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Debate on EHR Savings Rages at Harvard

A battle royal rages on among various Harvard physicians about the effects of a widespread adoption of EHR technology.  In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, two Harvard doctors questioned President Obama’s claim that nationwide adoption of EHR technology will save the taxpayers

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