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The Do-It-Yourself House Call

Several major insurance companies have pilot programs for a self-monitoring system for patients managing congestive heart failure. Patients are able to take simple readings such as weight, blood pressure and other key metrics, which can then be transmitted to a case manager or care provider. Health care providers can catch any warning signs before patients are forced to go to the ER with anything from shortness of breath to a health attack.

Harnessing health technology

Writing to the Baltimore Sun, David Horrocks of the Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients and Dr. Murray Kalish, an anesthesiologist and the president of MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, detailed the recent “meaningful use” rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and how they can work for the State of Maryland.

Officials Defend E-Health Standard As Work In Progress

Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services attending a hearing by the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee to discuss the new “meaningful use” standards, requirements and expectations that health providers must meet when applying for funding to pay for the adoption of the e-records.

Verizon Unveils 'Cloud' Solution to Facilitate Sharing of Patient Information Among Health Care Providers

One of the largest obstacles involved in converting patient information to an electronic format is the incompatible IT platforms and software used by health care systems and providers. However, a new service created by Verizon will soon make this information available using cloud computing.

FCC Discusses Rural Health Care Fund

Yesterday, the FCC held its July Open Commission meeting. The purpose was to discuss various Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, including a NPRM on the Universal Service Rural Health Care Fund.

George Krebs, live blogging for the FCC’s BlogBand website, noted:…

Health Subcommittee to hold hearing on “meaningful use” rule

Chairman Pete Stark (D-CA) announced that the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing next Tuesday, July 19, at 1pm to discuss the new “meaningful use” guidelines.

ONC and CMS Release Final Meaningful Use Rules for EHR’s

Today, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued final rules on Meaningful Use and Standards and Certification for electronic health records.

National E-Health Records System Still Faces Obstacles

The idea of electronic medical records sounds great: Everything a patient needs her doctors and pharmacist and insurance company to know, all in one place and easily accessible from just about anywhere. But substantial hurdles must still be cleared before the idea will become reality nationwide.

HITECH Privacy Rules Released

The Department of Health and Human Services released a notice of proposed rulemaking, yesterday, on the privacy requirements mandated by the HITECH Act. The rule includes provisions to extend privacy and security requirements to business associates, to prohibit the sale of personal health information without consent, to expand individual rights to access their information and to restrict its disclosure to health plans.

Use of Health Information Technology Leads to Improved Care Quality

According to a recent study by Kaiser Permanente, patient-physician e-mail messaging improves the effectiveness of care for those suffering from diabetes and hypertension. The study was published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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