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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.

Hoffman on digitization of medical records: "It’s inevitable and it’s a good thing"

Katherine Hobson of The Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog and Sharona Hoffman, a professor of law and bioethics and co-director of the Law-Medicine Center at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, recently discussed the transition to digital medical records and the potential benefits and risks associated with establishing such a program.

Broadband investments to boost 900 healthcare facilities

On July 2, President Obama announced a $795 million government program that will help rural areas gain broadband access. 900 healthcare facilities stand to benefit from this program. The program supports 66 Recovery Act programs and is expected to initially create 5,000 jobs and spur future economic growth in many of these communities.

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