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NCPA Tells HHS Pharmacists are Uniquely Qualified for Preventive Care

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The reformed U.S. healthcare system could unleash a surge in patient demand for preventive care services, and community pharmacists should be part of any plan to meet that demand, the independent pharmacy lobby told Obama administration health officials. 

ASTM Continuity of Care Record Standard Becomes Part of U.S. Policy for U.S. HealthIT

An ASTM International standard used for effective and timely electronic messaging of health care records has now been adopted as a standard for structured summary health record exchange included in new regulations associated with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA/HITECH). Read more on...

CCHIT Should Support BOTH the HL7 CCD and the ASTM CCR for PHRs

CCHIT should recognize both the HL7 CCD and the ASTM CCR as interoperability standards for PHRs.  Some perceive the CCR and CCD as competitive; in application, they are turning out to be highly complementary. Read more on "CCHIT Should Support BOTH the HL7 CCD and the ASTM CCR for PHRs"

Nothing more authentic and scalable than open source

According to Will Schroeder, CEO of open-source software developer Kitware, open source creates an agile, high-quality software process and can be everyone's secret weapon. "While there are a lot of individuals and organizations producing outstanding algorithms and systems, it is all too often that we find external code is not cross-platform, breaks easily, and is inflexible and unstable in response to new data, parameter settings and computing platforms," he tells...

The push for "push" technology for the NHIN

At this link [link removed], an article titled "New technology a 'push' toward EHR future" discusses how "…push messaging, a likely first step in rolling out a proposed national health information network in time for healthcare organizations to use electronic health-record systems in a 'meaningful manner' and qualify for federal EHR subsidy payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009." The article discusses how: David...

Switching to EMR requires knowledge, flexibilty

Can being an 'early adopter' save your hospital millions of dollars? We both know the answer depends on what you're adopting. Suppose we are discussing the adoption of an idea. Can that be analogous to not adopting another idea? I think it can. Allow me to explain. Many providers are in the process of making a very expensive, highly complex, and wide-ranging decision regarding their healthcare information technology strategy (HIT) for their electronic healthcare records system...

Supplier exec: Connectivity will unleash the power of health IT

Electronic medical records and computerized physician order entry won't help the nation meet the goals of the the federal stimulus legislation of patient-centered coordinated care, improved quality of care, reduced medical errors and less duplication. It will take connectivity between EMRs and other medical technologies, and it will require full, two-way interoperability, says a medication management executive. Writing in Hospitals & Health Networks, Jeff Pelletier,...

Explaining International IT Application Leadership: Health IT

In this report, ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro identifies which countries are leading in the deployment of health IT and highlights lessons that might be useful for other countries. The first section of the report gives an overview of the current state of and trends in health IT adoption in the United States and several other developed countries, particularly focusing on Denmark, Finland and Sweden. The second section of the report identifies the factors that have led to...

More hospitals roll out EMRs

CHICAGO – More than four in 10 hospitals stand a good chance of meeting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s meaningful use criteria in 2011, according to the latest data from HIMSS Analytics. HIMSS Analytics President and CEO Dave Garets unveiled Q3 2009 data last month showing that just more than 40 percent of hospitals had reached Stage 3 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model. That’s up 5 percentage points from 2008 data and about 30 percentage points higher...

Most Wired survey shows hospitals are tightening their IT belts

CHICAGO – The economy is forcing hospitals to consider delaying or scaling back their IT projects, according to a survey of America’s “most wired” hospitals and health systems. The Most Wired Survey, conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association, found that even with incentives being made available to implement IT, hospitals still have a long way to go. Officials at the hospitals surveyed...

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Electronic Health Records 2.0: What Does the Future Hold?

This Expert voices panel focuses on Electronic Health Records 2.0, which aired on Federal News Radio (WFED) on February 28, 2012. Panelists include: Peter Basch, MD, FACP, Medical Director, Ambulatory EHR...

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