Health IT

Hospitals face compliance problems with HITECH Act

Hospitals are coping with new privacy and security regulations for health information technology that went into effect Feb. 17.

VA takes a leap of faith into telehealth

The Veterans Affairs Department is a step ahead of the rest of the federal government in promoting telehealth, also called telemedicine. Now VA is proposing to double its telehealth investment over two years. But without a broader federal strategy behind it, VA’s leap into telehealth is, to some degree, a leap of faith.

Committee considers changes to meaningful use definition of EHRs

A health IT policy committee is meeting tomorrow to discuss modifications to the recent proposed regulations for the "meaningful use" of electronic health records.

Departments award nearly $1B in grants for health IT

Federal departments have awarded $386 million for state health information exchanges, $375 million for health IT regional extension centers and $225 million for health IT training.

VA to implement IT-driven, patient-centered care model

In what it describes as a massive transformation, the Veterans Affairs Department is preparing to adopt a relatively new concept called patient-centered care that uses technology to keep patients informed and engaged.

Common standards urged for public, private data exchanges

Gail Belles, health care security director for the Veterans Health Administration, addressed the challenges of securing health data exchanges between federal agencies and the private sector.

Veterans Health Administration runs competition for health IT ideas

The Veterans Health Administration has launched a contest to see which employees and contractors can dream up the best ideas for improving its use of health IT.

FDA rolls out Web-based risk assessment tool for food, drug imports

The Food and Drug Administration is launching its automated risk-assessment system that will flag high-risk shipments of imported food and drugs.

VA budgets $157M for virtual e-health record interagency office

The Veterans Affairs Department is forging ahead on its joint program with the Defense Department to create a Virtual Lifetime Electronic Health Record.

SSA to share data with 15 more health information exchanges

The Social Security Administration awarded $17.4 million to 15 health information exchanges that will begin sharing their patient medical data with agency.

Wait another year for patient safety data, GAO says

Information required under the Patient Safety Act likely won't be available until February 2011, according to a new report.

DOD and VA achieve interoperability on health records, GAO says

The Defense and Veteran Affairs departments have finally met their goal of making their digital health record systems compatible, says a new GAO report.

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