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Health IT data security crude in some companies, says CMS CIO

Julie Boughn, the chief information officer for Medicare and Medicaid, says companies that want to work with her agency often display amateurish data security.

Obama sets sights on next Medicare administrator

Though the White House has not made it official yet, President Obama reportedly knows who he wants to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Proposed rules set stage for e-health records incentives

The Health and Human Services Department has made available its long-awaited regulations for certification and meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) systems.

States will get federal help for electronic health records programs

State Medicaid directors will be reimbursed for 90 percent of their administrative costs for overseeing incentive payments for some health IT programs, CMS says.

HHS to industry: Help assess health IT networks

HHS has asked industry to help conduct a nationwide analysis of health information exchange infrastructures.

States urged to start now on health exchanges

The State Alliance for e-Health released guidance for helping state governments plan for health information exchanges.

Health IT 'meaningful use' framework proposed

The federal Health IT Policy Committee today began considering a detailed framework for defining "meaningful use" of health IT through 2015.

Kennedy moves toward health reform

House and Senate Democratic leaders are putting health care reform legislation on a fast track, with information technology provisions on board the train.

Health IT program needs ID management

The Obama administration's health IT initiative needs strong identity management tools to protect patient privacy, according to vendors, providers and other experts at a panel today.

CMS to spend $905M on IT systems support

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will develop IT systems to monitor incentive payments to doctors and hospitals.

Health care reform tied to IT

Health care reform won't be complete without adopting health IT, the national coordinator for health IT says.

Health IT group wants incentives for EHRs

A health IT organization wants the Obama administration to take an incremental approach in implementing the economic stimulus law concerning electronic health records.

New health IT coordinator will act fast on stimulus

Congress wants a health IT operations plan by May 15 before it releases stimulus funding, a senior official from the coordinator’s office said.

Federal 100 winner: Mary Laureno

Laureno directed the successful deployment of the Next Generation Desktop program, which has reduced costs and improved service for the government's Medicare call center.

Obama names Sebelius as HHS secretary

Kansas governor would oversee health information technology as part of reforming health care.

IT, health care would get more under budget

The Health and Human Services Department would get money to increase techology, research and program integrity under the HHS $76.8 billion request.

Practicing what she preaches

Jen Steele directs the largest telework program in Louisiana state government — and is a teleworker herself.