Tag Archives: HITECH Act

Rep. Michael Burgess Drafts Bill on New EHR Systems Interoperability Measures

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) is proposing new measures for vendors to comply with systems interoperability standards for electronic health records as he pointed to concerns over the progress of interoperability efforts, GovInfoSecurity reported Thursday. Marianne Kolbasuk McGee writes that Burgess is drafting a bill called “Ensuring Interoperability of Qualified Electronic Health Records” that also calls …

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Sylvia Burwell Names New, Continuing Members of HHS Advisory Committees

The Department of Health and Human Services has added Anjum Khurshid to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee and reappointed Floyd Eisenberg, Leslie Kelly Hall and Arien Malec to the Health IT Standards Committee. HHS said Tuesday they will help the committees push for policies and technology investments that would support planning and implementation of a health IT infrastructure across the …

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Health IT ‘Promises’ and ‘Problems’ in 2011

The adoption of health IT, such as electronic health records, stands at a turning point in 2011. A recent New York Times feature on the burgeoning technology and the policy and policymakers guiding it finds the “promises” and “problems” at a tipping point. One the one hand, this is the …

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Blumenthal: Health IT about to Swing into Full Gear

Electronic health records and other forms of health IT have survived the wrangling over defining “meaningful use.” But, until recently, EHR was often more about talk than action. Not so anymore, said National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. David Blumenthal, on the Health IT Buzz blog. In his post, he …

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Blumenthal Unveils Final Step in Overhauled EHR Certification Process

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has put the finishing touches on creating a permanent health IT certification program. Going forward, “meaningful use” of electronic health records technology will be a “core requirement” for healthcare providers in order to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentives, according to …

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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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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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HHS Remains Vigilant on Health IT Security

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has rolled out an 18-month, multimillion dollar effort to strengthen security and cybersecurity efforts within health IT following the passing of the HITECH Act. According to statement released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services, ONC has requested the …

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