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National coordinator posts meaningful use FAQ

The Office of the National Coordinator posted a set of frequently asked questions to help health care providers understand and meet requirements for the meaningful use rule. The 20 questions and answers cover topics ranging from reporting clinical quality measures to certification of electronic health records (EHRs).

Docs move to e-prescriptions

According to new data from Surescripts, the operator of the largest US electronic prescribing network, there are now 200,000 doctors, roughly one in three office-based doctors, who use e-prescribing. This is up from 156,000 last year and 74,000 at the end of 2008.

Report: Success of Medical Home Model Hinges on Health IT

Last week, Deloitte’s Center for Health Solutions released a new report underscoring the need for organizations participating in patient-centered home care to invest in health IT now in order to achieve the initiatives established under the health reform law.

Health IT Now joins Newborn Coalition

The Health IT Now Coalition announced yesterday that it will join the Newborn Coalition, which was launched to promote policies that help the health and wellness of newborns and their families. Executive Director Joel White of Health IT Now participated in the announcement yesterday at the National Press Club.

Health IT Now Coalition Issues Comment on Proposed HIPPA Rule Changes

The Health IT Now Coalition issued comments regarding the proposed modifications to the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules by the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the federal rulemaking process.

Deloitte discusses technology-enabled self-care

Deloitte’s Center for Health Solutions recently issued a brief discussing the convergence of personal health records and mobile communication alongside the barriers and opportunities that exist for health care industry stakeholders.

Health IT Now Coalition to host FCC Briefing

The Health IT Now Coalition will host a briefing with Kerry McDermott and the FCC Health Care team on September 24 at 12:30pm.

The briefing will be held at the National Association of Manufacturers office to discuss the FCC’s health care agenda.

HHS launches Spanish partner site of HealthCare.gov

The Department of Health and Human Services recently launched a Spanish language version of its HealthCare.gov website. The new site, CuidadodeSalud.gov, will connect Spanish speakers with resources aimed at helping them access quality and affordable healthcare coverage.

Health IT Legislation in the 111th Congress

There have been many bills introduced in the House that could have an impact on health information technology. Summaries of the following are available from http://healthitnow.org

Hospitals report HAI data on national network

A new survey by the Premier health care alliance has revealed that hospitals are making progress in the collection of health care-associated infection (HAI) and are more actively reporting the data to a national network.

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