Tag Archives: EHR

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 Awards $83.9M to Assist in Adoption of EHRs

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week announced $83.9 million in grants to help networks of health centers implement electronic health records and other healthcare-related IT systems. The grants are part of the $2 billion allotted to HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration under the American Recovery and …

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ONC Awards Second Round of Beacon Awards

Earlier this month, the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced it had awarded $220 million to 15 Beacon Communities across the nation to demonstrate a future where hospitals, clinicians and patients use health IT in different ways to strengthen healthcare delivery within their communities and achieve measurable …

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EHR Systems Not a Money Saver for Hospital, Says Study

A new report suggests that while the use of electronic health records systems may lead to lower mortality rates for certain conditions, the new technology does not save hospitals money or reduce patient complications, according to the Arizona Republic. Researchers at the Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business …

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Rural Areas a Focus for Health IT Adoption

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal wants healthcare providers in rural areas to be an early focus for health IT extension centers, and setting up “beacon communities” will help those providers with better access to broadband connections, Government Health IT reports. Speaking at a rural health IT conference …

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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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$267 Million Awarded to Establish Health IT Centers

More than $267 million has been been awarded to 28 additional nonprofit organizations to establish Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers (RECs), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday. RECs enable healthcare practitioners to reach out to a local resource for technical assistance, guidance and …

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ONC Grants Research Funds for Health IT

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has awarded $60 million in research grants through the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects program to Harvard University, Mayo Clinic, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to promote research …

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