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Obstacles Remain for Meaningful Use of Health IT
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

There are still huge barriers to the meaningful use of health IT relating to security, health information exchange, decision support, and the secondary use of data collected in electronic health records. The government doesn't know how to surmount these obstacles, which is why Department of Health and Human Services announced it's providing $60 million in grants funded through the HITECH Act for Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects. [Read More]
December 29, 2009
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HHS Offers $60M Grants for Strategic Health IT Projects
The Department of Health and Human Services is providing $60 million in grants for projects to help the healthcare industry overcome barriers to the meaningful use of health IT. It will target four areas: Security and risk mitigation policies, patient-centered cognitive support research, healthcare application and network platform architectures to exchange and use health IT securely, privately, and accurately, and the secondary use of healthcare data. [Read More]

The virtual visit may expand access to doctors
OptumHealth, a division of UnitedHealth Group, plans to offer virtual doctor visits starting next year in the state of Texas. The program, called NowClinic, connects patients and doctors using video chat. Advocates for the technology say that "online medicine is a less expensive way of providing routine care" in this New York Times article. But critics are concerned that the quality of care patients receive will suffer without a physical exam. [Read More]

Your iPhone just called: Your blood-sugar is high
Will patients finally get better about managing their health and that of their loved ones with the help of smart phones? Currently, only about 3% of U.S. consumers put their medical information online in personal-health records, according to Forrester Research. This article in the Wall Street Journal shows how one patient is keeping tabs on the doctor appointments and medication lists of his elderly father, who lives 80 miles away; how a patient is monitoring her asthma daily with a free mobile application; and how another person improved her diet and health with a free body-weight, exercise, calorie, and energy tracker that can be accessed through an iPhone. [Read More]

Success Story: Sisters of Mercy Health
Learn how the Sisters of Mercy implemented changes to improve service quality through IBM Service Management solutions. These solutions facilitate a business process transformation that fosters a culture of productivity and continuous improvement. Download the free copy of Success Story: Sisters of Mercy Health. (This headline is sponsored by IBM.) [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Hospital comparisons soon to be a click away in Ohio
Associated Press/Boston Globe - December 23, 2009

Senate Passes Health Reform Bill, 60-39
Columbus Dispatch - December 22, 2009

IBM financing health technology to gain from stimulus
Bloomberg.com - December 29, 2009

HHS to build universal claims database for health research
Government Health IT - December 29, 2009
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