Tag Archives: David Blumenthal

Blumenthal’s EHR Letter: From Minority to Priority Populations

The government’s top health IT guru wants to avoid another “digital divide” by making sure healthcare vendors are serving minority communities in adopting electronic medical records. “Electronic health records possess the ability to help improve both the quality and efficiency of medical care accessible by minorities, so that perhaps rates …

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A Step Closer Toward National System for EHRs

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the finishing touches on a national system of doctors, clinics and hospitals aimed at adopting electronic medical records. Yesterday HHS’ David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health information technology, announced the selection of the final two regional extension centers (RECs) in Florida and …

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CCHIT, Drummond Group Named First EHR Certification Bodies

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology and the Drummond Group Inc. were yesterday named the  first technology-review entities authorized to test and certify electronic health record systems for compliance with the standards and certification criteria issued by the Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year. EHR vendors …

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ONC Issues Final Rule on Certification Program

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology today issued a final rule to create a temporary certification program for electronic health record technology, establishing processes organizations must follow to be authorized by the national coordinator to test and certify EHR technology. Use of “certified EHR technology” is …

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HHS Allocates $220M for Health IT to 15 Communities

The Health and Human Services is allocating $220 million to 15 communities to pilot test the adoption of emerging health IT. The awards are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds totaling a $2 billion effort to promote the implementation of electronic health records by 2014. Vice President …

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Blumenthal Urges Physicians to Adopt EHRs Sooner Rather Than Later

While some physicians throughout the United States have decided to become meaningful users of electronic health records by 2011 when Medicare and Medicaid begin extra payments to meaningful users, many others remain undecided, said Dr. David Blumenthal, national health IT coordinator. Last week, Blumenthal wrote on the Health IT Buzz …

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