By Jeff Rowe 07:10 am March 11, 2011
I spoke with David Blumenthal, MD, on Wednesday about the current HITECH Act policies and Stage 2 meaningful use criteria, among other things. Dr. Blumenthal was quick to point out that his departure this spring as National Coordinator for Health IT will not create a continuity issue. Why?
By Jeff Rowe 09:59 pm March 08, 2011
A national survey of 1,000 people found that nearly half of the respondents said that EHRs will have a negative impact on the privacy of their personal health information.
By Austin Merritt 04:16 pm March 08, 2011
Last week Microsoft announced it is entering into a partnership with Athena to make their systems more compatible. What does this mean for ambulatory care EHR adopters?
By Scott Kelly 03:48 pm March 01, 2011
Most healthcare organizations have modified or customized their billing applications. While these customizations are fine for their intended purposes, they pose rather large obstacles to the ICD-10 code conversion process.
By Jeff Rowe 05:54 am March 01, 2011
According to the latest KLAS report on ambulatory EMRs, one third of physician practices and community health clinics who were interviewed will be replacing their EMR systems.
By Jeff Rowe 06:07 am February 28, 2011
Outgoing ONC leader David Blumenthal, MD, described the health IT transformation as a "big social project, not just a technical endeavor." In some respects, the federal initiative would have been easier to implement if it were only a technical endeavor.
By Jeff Rowe 04:53 pm February 25, 2011
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and outgoing ONC leader David Blumenthal, MD, stressed the importance of health IT in driving the U.S. economic engine in their keynote addresses on Wednesday, Feb 23, at HIMSS11.
By Jeff Rowe 07:15 am February 24, 2011
HIMSS released a position statement on Monday, Feb. 21, and presented a resolution to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at its annual conference and exhibition in Orlando.
By Jeff Rowe 02:31 pm February 18, 2011
A recent RAND study indicated that the use of electronic medical records may not improve the quality of medical care. The study found that appropriate methods for evaluating how information technology is impacting the quality of patient care are crucial to improving our healthcare system.
By Mike Miliard 07:22 pm February 17, 2011
If you follow the goings-on in healthcare IT at all, you're probably familiar with an Aspen-based EHR vendor called Extormity.

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