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Push for Electronic Health Records

Yesterday at a health policy panel, a top executive stated that most lab reports are still on paper. In order to have a national electronic health record system, this is one of the key components and steps: digitizing lab tests. There are about 200,000 medical labs in the United States …

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HHS Keeps President’s Promise of Transparency

Three ideas from the Department of Health and Human Services are results of the accessible federal decision making process. In a press released dated this week, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the Information Streaming, IdeaLab and YouTube “What To Do About the Flu and Prevention PSA Contest” have been made …

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Universities Respond to need for Healthcare Informatics Professionals

Recently healthcare informatics seems to be a buzzword in both the healthcare and education industries. As Congress pushes for a new healthcare system and information technology advances both converge in healthcare informatics and educators are taking notice. Now many colleges and universities across the world are offering degree programs in …

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HHS Declares Plan to Establish Nationwide iBeacon Communities’

Dr. David Blumenthal, the HHS National Coordinator for Health IT, and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Wednesday, Dec. 2 the plans to have $235 million available for the Beacon Community Program.  This program’s goals are to be an example of the ability of health IT to transform local healthcare systems. …

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Health IT Training Grants at HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services made known last week that there is $80 million in new health IT training grants. These new grants are aimed at strengthening the country’s health IT labor force. The grants are broken down into two different categories: community college training programs ($70 million) …

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CTO Aneesh Chopra’s Push for Simple Health IT Standards

Aneesh Chopra, the federal government’s chief technology officer, urges that health IT standards need to be simple and easy to understand. He believes that with simple standards, there can be evolution as well. In a recent article NextGov.com reported that Chopra was in a meeting with the Health IT Standards …

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HHS launches new blog

The Heath and Human Services National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. David Blumenthal, announced yesterday the launch of Health IT Buzz. This is a new blog that allows visitors to learn more about health IT. It also will serve as a place for different groups, such as providers, technology experts, …

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