Health IT

HHS works on framework for health IT standards

David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health IT, told a House subcommittee that HHS is working on a framework for standards and interoperability of health IT.

Mike Daconta

Beware of an impending e-records train wreck

Outdated technologies and inadequate transparency are hampering HHS's electronic health records effort, but the experience could provide lessons other agencies can use to avoid similar pitfalls, says columnist Michael Daconta.

HHS distributes $20M to rural hospitals for health IT

The Health and Human Services Department has announced $20 million in additional economic stimulus law grants to help rural hospitals install electronic health record systems.

Smart phone as clinical tool: A teledermatology pilot program

A smart-phone pilot project gives patients in underserved areas better access to dermatologists.

How your mobile phone could help keep you healthy

With smart-phone use on the rise, health care agencies are launching a variety of mobile applications for patients and providers.

Smart phone as patient tool: A mental health application

A project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse turns a smart phone into a tool for aiding people with borderline personality disorder.

VA, Markle push blue buttons to download personal health data

The Veterans Affairs Department and the Markle Foundation are promoting "blue button" applications that would allow patients to download their personal medical data from providers and insurers.

VA has NHIN pilot project in Indiana

The Veterans Affairs Department is testing how to exchange patient medical data electronically with private hospitals and doctors, this time in Indiana.

MUMPS to be retained for VA VistA system -- for now

Ending months of discussion, the top IT official at the Veterans Affairs Department came down in favor of retaining the MUMPS computer language for VA's electronic health record system.

Industry anticipates MUMPS decision on VA's VistA modernization

Industry members have strong opinions on whether the Veterans Affairs Department should retain VistA's existing computer language is it becomes modernized

State, local health IT spending projected to be $10B by 2015

Spending on state and local health information technology systems is expected to rise by 19 percent during the next five years, according to market research firm Input Inc.

California starts statewide telehealth network

The California Telehealth Network will link 800 facilities statewide.

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