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Nancy Ferris

Nancy Ferris is senior editor of Government Health IT.

Feds collaborate on NHIN interface

The free software will be available to the public in March, an ONC official said.


OMB sponsors online discussion of privacy issues

Stakeholders are invited to join in the discussion hosted by the National Academy of Public Administration.

Shortliffe will succeed Detmer at AMIA

University of Arizona professor is named president and CEO of American Medical Informatics Association, effective July 2009.


Massachusetts requires EHRs in hospitals by 2015

Health care cost containment bill also creates a way to develop a statewide HIE and promotes health IT in other ways.


PHRs will automatically contain Medicare data in CMS pilot program

A project in Arizona and Utah will test the value of online PHRs that might include information such as prescriptions and lab results.

Also in the news: E-heath records for Calif. farmworkers

A state-funded project will help migrant workers take their medical records with them as they travel throughout California.

House committee approves major health IT bill

Privacy issues are at the forefront as Energy and Commerce Committee approves bill to promote EHRs and health information exchanges.

Law will boost e-prescribing, HHS secretary says

Despite the president's veto of the recent Medicare bill, officials say the administration supports the legislation's e-prescribing incentives.

Medicare bill rewards providers for e-prescribing

Beginning in October, doctors would get bonuses for using e-prescribing and face fee reductions if they don't adopt the technology by 2012.

Process for standing up the AHIC successor becomes clearer

An 18-member board is likely to be announced at the end of September.

One nationwide network will support e-prescribing

SureScripts and RxHub are merging to provide comprehensive services to doctors and pharmacies.

DEA proposes rules to allow e-prescribing of controlled substances

Agency solicits public comments on its plans for heavy-duty security in all systems and third-party ID verification.

ONC budget not likely to increase

Both houses of Congress are considering appropriations bills that would hold spending by the health IT office near this year's level.

D.C. RHIO will be connected by Microsoft Amalga

Association of clinics selects product developed and used at local hospitals.

Privacy provisions threaten health IT bill

A House subcommittee has approved H.R. 6357, but some lawmakers say its privacy protections are too broad.

E-prescribing of controlled drugs could be allowed soon

The Drug Enforcement Administration plans to propose a rule change that would lift requirements for paper prescriptions for painkillers and other potentially dangerous drugs.

Feud erupts over forecasts of health IT's long-term costs

Rand Corp. and Congressional Budget Office publicly criticize one another's analyses.

4 percent of U.S. doctors use EHRs, new study finds

Study's authors say they are troubled by the results of their survey, which shows minimal increase in usage.

To help consumers, CMS will rate nursing homes

Nursing homes will get up to five stars in a new, easy-to-grasp format for CMS' Web site.

Voice-recognition tool aids battlefield doctors

The technology reduces the time spent documenting surgery and other care provided to wounded service members.