HealthLeaders Media IT - February 24, 2009 | Here Comes the Stimulus Money, Now Spend It Wisely
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Here Comes the Stimulus Money, Now Spend It Wisely
Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

Now that the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been signed into law and billions of dollars are about to be funneled into HIT, the promise of improved care through technology has become something of a mantra: If you implement an electronic medical record, you will save money and more of your patients will survive. [Read More]
February 24, 2009
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Let the buyer beware
Confused by the "meaningful use" requirement in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009? Do you understand how to meet the e-prescribing component of the Act? If not, you're not alone. This blog posting from the Coker Connection seeks to offer some guidance for providers attempting to decode the Act's technological requirements. [Read More]

Stimulus Bill dramatically modifies HIPAA rules
Here's rundown of some of the modifications to HIPAA's Privacy and Security Rules under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Most notably, personal health record vendors (think Microsoft and Google) are now subject to stricter security standards, which will be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (not HHS). [Read More]

Adopt an EHR by 2015 or lose Medicare money
In all the excitement over the financial incentives being provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to physicians who adopt and use electronic health record technology, it's almost easy to forget about the price physicians who don't adopt the technology will have to pay. [Read More]

When electronic medical records are too secure
Patient privacy is always a hot topic when it comes to EMRs. Most often talked about is how to keep data from being accessed by anyone other than the patient and the provider. Sometimes though, access is exactly what's needed. One of the benefits of digitized medical information is its ability to be mined by researchers for insight into health issues, but as the data becomes more secure, it's often difficult for researchers to gain access to it. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
New Massachusetts eHealth subsidiary will fund expansion
Boston Globe - February 19, 2009

Economic stimulus act heightens HIPAA enforcement
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders News - February 17, 2009
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