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By John Moore 09:46 am May 19, 2009
The Washington Post on Saturday had an interesting article that profiles how HIMSS, through strong lobbying efforts, was able to land the huge ARRA windfall for its member HIT vendors.
By John Halamka 09:44 am May 19, 2009
Yesterday, ONC released its implementation and operating plan in fulfillment of the 90-day deadline established by Div. A, Title XIII of ARRA.
By Edgar D. Staren, MD 09:50 am May 14, 2009
A colleague of ours frequently comments how he once had a professor that instructed his class "never to do an information technology project with the primary goals of saving money, reducing headcount, or reducing paper."
By James Kahn 11:48 am May 08, 2009
There is a critical element in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that targets funds for Federally-Qualified Community Health Centers. Some of the $1.5 billion in infrastructure funding from the HITECH section of the ARRA may be used for "acquisition of Health Information Technology (HIT) systems" and all FQHCs are eligible for these funds...
By Neil Versel 11:35 am May 08, 2009
Dr. John Halamka, CIO of Harvard Medical School, has officially given up on the idea that people will want to carry their medical records on implanted RFID chips, Michael Millenson reports on The Health Care Blog.
By John Moore 11:33 am May 08, 2009
Much like its ecomagination marketing program that tapped into all things "Green" GE today hosted a special press event to announce its latest marketing schtick, Healthymagination wherein GE plans to invest some $6B into the healthcare space over the next 6 years
By John Moore 11:25 am May 04, 2009
The market for EHRs has stalled as potential buyers await the outcome of the governmen's definition of "meaningful use" and "certified EHR" - both critical for determining Stimulus reimbursement.
By Neil Versel 11:22 am May 04, 2009
This seems to be the week for launching new programs. A group called the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission is going to start accrediting ASPs and other hosted EHR systems.
By John Halamka 11:19 am May 04, 2009
At BIDMC, our Infection Control staff have sent out daily updates about the H1N1 Virus, our process changes to protect patients/staff, and our planning for future activities if the infection escalates.
By John Halamka 09:58 am April 28, 2009
In a recent letter to the HITSP panel describing the interoperability needed for meaningful use, I discussed point to point interoperability and persistent document exchange. Here are a few additional details about these approaches.