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New health IT architecture requires interactive EHRs, scientists advise
By Joseph Conn | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
To help create a new health-information architecture, the current crop of electronic health-record systems needs to be connected using interfaces that will allow them to communicate with each other, according to recommendations from a group of U.S. scientists reporting on the nation's...
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Vital Signs
DeSalvo foresees ONC evolution to interoperable future
By Joseph Conn | April 15, 2014
Dr. Karen DeSalvo is a woman in transition. As the fifth head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, just four months into the job, she will oversee the winding down of many programs started and run by her two predecessors.
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CHIME Time: Surprise! MU Stage 2 will require some very heavy lifting
By Stephen Stewart | April 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
We all fought our way through Stage 1 of meaningful use. It was not without stress, trials and tribulations. But folks, if you have yet to begin work on Stage 2, it makes the first stage look like a walk in the park.
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Brailer's untold ONC story: He wanted $17 billion for HIT
By Joseph Conn | April 09, 2014
In spring 2004, Dr. David Brailer was named the nation's first health IT czar. But well before that, he had been advising the Bush administration on health IT policy.
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10 years after the revolution | Health IT coordinators look back at the nation's progress
By Joseph Conn | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Four men and one woman have held the nation's top health IT post since the position was first created 10 years ago, each with their own view of what's been accomplished and what lies ahead.
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HHS releases tech tool to assess health IT security risks
By Rachel Landen | March 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS released a new tool Friday to help healthcare providers assess their information security risks.The security risk assessment app is designed to help small- to medium-sized clinician offices conduct and document a risk assessment for their organization at their own pace under the Health...
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CHIME Time: Engaging patients as consumers
By Robert Slepin | March 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Patients increasingly expect a better experience in accessing and consuming healthcare services. Providers are beginning to respond with IT-enabled solutions.
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Vital Signs
Champion of IT extension centers leaving HHS
By Joseph Conn | March 14, 2014
This month, someone you probably don't know, but who had a major impact on healthcare IT, will be leaving your employ. And as he leaves office, the major project he built is in danger of disappearing as well.
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CMS issues guidance on Stage 2 hardship exceptions
By Rachel Landen | March 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Answering pressure to provide more details about hardship exception from Stage 2 meaningful-use requirements, the CMS issued guidance that gives hospitals and eligible professionals more time if their EHR vendor is to blame for their failure to meet the deadline.
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Revised NCQA standards still focused on process, critic says
By Andis Robeznieks | March 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The National Committee for Quality Assurance's revised standards for patient-centered medical homes received a generally positive reception, but one critic says the changes don't address the program's biggest problem: a focus on process over outcomes.
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