Tag Archives: Health and Human Services

Health IT ‘Rock Star’ Blumenthal Sits Pretty at Year’s End

In the world of electronic health records, David Blumenthal the national coordinator for health IT is a celebrity. Health Leaders Media, in a list of the top 20 change agents in healthcare, goes even further, calling him a verifiable “rock star.” HealthLeaders20, a compilation of healthcare figures changing the industry …

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Biotech Firms Bolstered with HHS, NIH Grants

The Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health awarded major grants to nearly 3,000 biotech firms across 47 states and the District of Columbia. The grants to be used for inventive solutions or therapeutic treatment were announced during a teleconference Nov. 3. HHS Secretary Kathleen …

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National Health IT Coordinator Identifies Healthcare Bottlenecks

National Coordinator of Health IT David Blumenthal has identified four bottlenecks in healthcare IT that hinder the United States from adopting a more robust, digital system, according to ModernHealthCare.com. They are: Lack of funding Logistical issues for healthcare practitioners who want to adopt IT methods but lack technological know-how and …

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Blumenthal’s Meaningful Use Proposal: Fast-track vs. ‘Vanilla’ Users

National Coordinator for Health IT David Blumenthal sought to create new standards to recognize healthcare providers who have gone above and beyond in implementing electronic medical records, according to HealthSystemCIO.com. But the new classifications may create unnecessary complications, critics say. Speaking before the health IT policy subcommittee of the Department …

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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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New Home for Healthcare Innovation Coming Soon

The Department of Health and Human Services is making preparations on a new healthcare innovation center to open next year, FederalNewsRadio.com reports. The new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is mandated by the healthcare reform law passed earlier this year. The center will focus on improved payment and delivery …

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Wall Street Journal Praises HHS Software’s Innovation

Who says the federal government can’t do anything right? Not The Wall Street Journal, which recently named Health and Human Services software CONNECT a winner in its annual technology innovation awards. The CONNECT software, developed by HHS with additional assistance by 20 federal agencies, was selected in the Health IT …

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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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