Kaiser Health News recently featured a column from Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. The Secretary applauded major insurance companies, provider groups, doctors and hospitals that have teamed up to support the new “meaningful use” regulations.
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The State of Maine received federal government approval to use a $6.6 million grant to expand the state’s health information technology.
Maine joins six other states to qualify for agency funding through the Office of the National Coordinator, part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Vice President Biden unveiled a White House report on Tuesday indicating that Recovery Act investments in health IT are helping to reduce errors and improve patient care.
The Health IT Policy Committee of the Department of Health and Human Services expressed its support for a plan to require patient consent before health providers exchanging heath records electronically with other clinics, testing labs or health information exchange (HIE) networks.
On Tuesday, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger launched the California Telehealth Network at the UC Davis Cancer Center in Sacramento.
Joel White, executive director of the Health IT Now Coalition, outlined the growing importance of broadband in the medical field, especially in record-keeping, diagnostics and treatments in rural areas. The executive director points out that increasing broadband investment in the healthcare sector would help reduce errors, while also decreasing costs.
Consulting firm McKinsey & Co. recently provided an estimate indicating that, if properly implemented, best-practice health IT policies could create health savings of $40 billion in one year. This amount eclipses the $27 billion the federal government will spend on Medicare and Medicaid initiatives for electronic medical records.
Lawyer Marty Robins recently penned an article for The Huffington Post, in which he examined some of the privacy concerns that stem from the new “meaningful use” regulations for electronic medical records.
Two major tech companies, General Electric and Intel, are teaming up to help those suffering from chronic illnesses by delivering healthcare services remotely.
The FCC and FDA will team up to create an efficient regulatory process for wireless-enabled medical devices and services after the two federal agencies signed a memorandum of understanding.
According to the MOU, the FDA will be responsible for the safety of the device itself, while the FCC will oversee efficient use of airwaves needed by the devices.