HealthLeaders Media IT - January 26, 2010 | Health IT Panel: Use Technology Now to Help Transform Healthcare
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Health IT Panel: Use Technology Now to Help Transform Healthcare
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

Healthcare transformation is long overdue—especially as it relates to technology, according to a panel of technology executives who spoke at a Nashville Health Care Council luncheon last week about the future and current state of healthcare information technology. [Read More]
January 26, 2010
Editor's Picks
Grassley Takes Aim at Hospitals' Problems with Health IT Implementation
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa asked 31 of the nation's largest hospitals and health systems to detail their problems implementing the $19 billion federal health information technology program that was launched last year. The 11-question survey is in response to complaints from providers about administrative complications, formatting and usability issues, errors, and interoperability roadblocks. Grassley's new letter underscores the myriad challenges involved in implementing HIT on such a massive scale, says Louis Wenzlow, director of HIT at the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. [Read More]

California Program Uses Telemedicine to Reach Medically Underserved
Telemedicine has been around for awhile. But a new pilot program with community centers in California strives to redefine the telemedicine experience, according to this piece by my colleague Joe Cantlupe. More than 15 sites will be equipped with high-definition cameras and electronic scopes to deliver primary and specialty care. While a physician assistant stands next to the patient and uses the necessary medical instruments, the physician can see or hear what's necessary in the examination, such as a patient's heartbeat. In turn, patients will be able to see and listen the same way as clinicians. That physician-patient interaction is key to the program's success and may help spur the growth of telemedicine. [Read More]

CCHIT updates EHR certification programs to meet new HHS rules
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has updated its electronic health record certification programs to comply with the Department of Health and Human Services' Interim Final Rule on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for electronic health records. CCHIT will begin accepting certification applications Feb. 12. The roughly two dozen vendors who already achieved certification under CCHIT's latest programs will be offered incremental testing at no cost to close any gap. [Read More]

Q&A: Health IT czar rethinks national data exchange
David Blumenthal, MD, the National Coordinator for Health IT, discusses recommendations from the HIT Policy Committee to encourage the development of a more flexible, less complicated method of health information exchange than the Nationwide Health Information Network. [Read More]

Tech Headlines
Radiation offers new cures, and ways to do harm
New York Times - January 25, 2010

Few Hospitals Use Social Media Effectively, Says Study
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - January 25, 2010

Insurer Anthem invests in hospital initiative to improve safety, cut costs
Los Angeles Times - January 20, 2010

Molina Healthcare to buy Unisys unit for $135 million
Los Angeles Times - January 20, 2010

Should surgeons meet patients online?
New York Times - January 21, 2010
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