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CCHIT Proposes Expansion, Leaving Some Vendors Crying Foul
Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has become the de facto stamp of approval for EHRs, helping providers judge EHR product suitability, quality, interoperability, and security. A vendor who meets the Commission's criteria can be certified, automatically proving to providers that their EHR is worth the money, say CCHIT proponents. Now, CCHIT is expanding its scope of certification, and not everyone is happy about CCHIT's increasing influence in the market. [Read More]
January 27, 2008
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If the recession is causing you to rethink how you spend your money on technology, maybe you should follow in this guy's footsteps. A 35-year-old new media manager at a film production company in New York has dropped his cable subscription and moved to watching most of his television online—for free. While shopping for a new laptop for his girlfriend recently, he sidestepped more expensive full-featured computers and picked a bare-bones, $200 Asus EeePC laptop, also known as a netbook. Will consumers like him, and businesses operating with the same cost-cutting mind-set, erode the high-margin businesses of the information technology industry? [Read More]

HHS recognizes healthcare IT specs
Getting us a few steps further down the road toward a nation of interoperable health records, the Health and Human Services Department has formally recognized three new interoperability specifications. Formal recognition is part of a two-step process in which specifications are first accepted by the HHS secretary and then recognized a year later. [Read More]
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