HealthLeaders Media IT - March 3, 2009 | Time to Move Beyond The Stimulus Hype And Get to Work
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Time to Move Beyond The Stimulus Hype And Get to Work
Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

By allotting nearly $20 billion for health information technology, President Obama has set in motion a fundamental change to our entire healthcare system that many experts agree has been a long time coming. The period we're in now is that nebulous time after a bill has become law, but before any tangible change takes place when all the blogs and message boards come alive with opinions, hypotheses, and predictions about what this infusion of cash will mean in practical terms for the country's hospitals and physician practices. [Read More]
March 3, 2009
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How to make electronic medical records a reality
Even with an infusion of cash from the government, investing in an EMR is no small decision. This New York Times article points out that while the stimulus package will help, the obstacles to successful implementation remain daunting. A crucial key to success, according to the Times, will be how local organizations help doctors in small offices adopt and use electronic records. [Read More]

Halamka's do it yourself board presentation on the stimulus package
Here's a post on the nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as HHS Secretary from one of my favorite bloggers (and one of HealthLeaders Media's 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better), John Halamka. Halamka points out that now that healthcare leadership is imminent, the entire industry is anticipating action on the next steps outlined by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Not only that, but every IT professional in the land is being asked to present an overview to their Board summarizing the possibilities. Halamka has kindly put a presentation together for you and posted it in his blog. [Read More]

Stimulus could restart stalled IT projects
Bradley Erickson, MD, PhD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, talks about how some providers, like Mayo, are dusting off healthcare IT projects that have been deferred. He also says now is the time to begin evaluating how many jobs IT projects create, assessing the healthcare quality impact, and totaling costs to prepare a complete package in anticipation of government requests for grant applications. [Read More]

Beaumont Hospitals already has plans for stimulus money
Not one to let money burn a hole in its coffers, the Royal Oak, MI-based health system says it plans to use its share of the stimulus money to expand a new electronic medical records system to at least 300 of its affiliated physicians by year's end. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Communications networks connect, divide Iowa hospitals
Des Moines Register - March 2, 2009

Good or useless, medical scans cost the same
New York Times - March 2, 2009

Technology enables St. Louis doctors to treat patients via Internet
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - February 25, 2009
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