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Personal Health Record Use is Growing

More people are using personal health records, according to a survey by the California HealthCare Foundation. The survey was entitled “Consumers and Health Information Technology: A National Survey” and one of the main findings was that while only 7% of adults are currently using personal health records (PHRs), the number …

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Green IT and Efficient Data Center Webinars

BrightTALK, a webcasting service provider, will be hosting two webcasts titled Efficient Data Center and Green IT Summit. These webcasts will be free and held on April 20, 2010 and April 21, 2010. The webinars are a follow-up to the Green Data Center Summit that BrightTALK hosts back in November. …

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Telepharmacy for U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy has been facing a shortage of pharmacists. When catastrophes such as the earthquake in Haiti occur, many pharmacists are deployed and this in turn makes a shortage of pharmacists in other areas. But now there is a solution: ScriptPro Telepharmacy. This is a robotics-based management telepharmacy system …

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Physicians Less Hesitant about Using, Buying EHR Systems

Despite reservations about privacy issues and concerns about the economic viability of web-based health records systems, a recent health IT market research report found physicians today are less apprehensive about using and buying EHR systems, Modern Healthcare reports. Utah-based health IT researcher KLAS Enterprises conducted interviews with 370 ambulatory-care physicians …

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IT Key Factor in Shaping Healthcare, Survey Finds

Healthcare will soon become more patient-friendly and customized to encourage more people to take responsibility for managing their health, and new tools and health IT will provide consumers with opportunities to take charge, according to a newly published report. Released last Tuesday, “HealthCast: The customization of diagnosis, care and cure” …

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EPA Gives More Brownfield Funding

The Environmental Protection Agency is pouring more than $2 million into job training for brownfield clean ups. The Brownfields Job Training Program will train people to redevelop the brownfield properties, which include various polluted areas such as abandoned industrial sites, abandoned gas stations, or old textile mills. These training programs …

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Karen M. Bell New Chair for CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health IT announced Monday its new chair, Karen M. Bell, who is a former senior vice president of health IT services at Masspro and a board-certified internist. “I am honored to have this opportunity to lead the Certification Commission as we enter a new phase of …

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HHS Secretary Sebelius on World Health Day

“Urbanization and Health: Urban Family Matters” was the theme of this year’s World Health Day. The goal of last Wednesday’s World Health Day was to remind citizens that those who live in cities are at the most risk for poor health. The Department of Health and Human Services has a …

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HHS Launches Web Initiatives to Promote Transparency

The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services last week launched a website that tracks how much it spends on Medicare patients in hospitals for the most treated illnesses and conditions, according to Government Health IT. HHS announced April 7 several online programs it plans as part of the administration’s Open …

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