Health IT

SSA health exchange generates extra $2M for users, study finds

A health data exchange between MedVirginia and the Social Security Administration is generating extra revenue, a new report says.

Health data standard could be key to better informed patients

The new rules for achieving "meaningful use" of electronic health records could be advanced through adoption of a technical standard for delivering health information to patients, according to a new white paper.

HHS preparing to award $50M for Health IT Research Center

HHS is preparing to launch its Health IT Research Center devoted to meaningful use of electronic health records under the economic stimulus law.

FEHBP beneficiaries won't face higher health care tax...yet

Pressure from federal employee unions pushed lawmakers to give rank-and-file feds same deal on health excise tax as state/local counterparts.

E-prescribing tools raise reliability concerns

Some e-prescribing systems rely too much on patients to remember details about their medications and are vulnerable to delays when pharmacy networks crash, according to members of an HHS workgroup.

Data-driven health care: Will doctors buy in?

Many doctors are not convinced that data collection leads to better care or that the federal government can help them do their jobs better.

EHRs: HHS walks a tightrope

The department needs to set the bar low enough to get broad adoption and high enough to achieve its goals for improving quality.

Measuring quality

The government's proposed regulation for electronic health records contains 29 quality-oriented measures that eligible doctors and hospitals must implement to qualify for incentive payments.

Military Health System approves strategic plan for IT

The Military Health System released its 2010 to 2015 strategic plan for information technology that focuses on 10 goals.

Grassley suspects health IT may cause medication errors

It seems counter-intuitive, but a Senator believes technology might be adding to health care problems rather than solving them.

National Cancer Institute seeks tools for electronic data management

The National Cancer Institute expects to issue a request for proposals next month to identify a contractor that can expand use of electronic data.

Information therapy measures in rule for electronic health records

The Health and Human Services Department included quality measurements based on a discipline called information therapy in its recent proposed rule for electronic health records.

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