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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.

HIT Coalition Hosts Briefing with Local D.C Clinics to Discuss Real Impact of HIT

The Health IT Now! Coalition hosted a briefing this afternoon on Capitol Hill discussing the benefits and difficulties of Health IT implementation. To talk about their experiences with the adoption of Health IT were healthcare providers D.C. Primary Care Association, the Whitman-Walker Clinic, and Bread for the City.

$220 Million awarded for Beacon Program

On May 4, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Chief Economist to Vice President Biden Jared Bernstein and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal announced today $220 million for 15 Beacon Community awardees to help spur widespread adoption of health IT.

Kennedy and Murphy Introduce HIT Extension Bill

The co-chairs of the 21st Century Health Care Caucus, Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) recently introduced legislation to expand incentives for the meaningful use of electronic health records from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Report: strategies to save states money as Medicaid is expanded

United Health Group issued a report that outlines strategies that will help states save money as Medicaid is expanded. The new federal health care reform and the growing number of seniors enrolling in Medicaid is causing the expansion and pressure on state budgets.

Dennis Quaid: Reducing Medical Errors

On April 12, Dennis Quaid spoke at an event at the National Press Club in Washington DC about reducing medical errors. Quaid announced that he has produced a documentary airing April 24th on the Discovery Channel called “Chasing Zero” about medical errors in America.

HHS Announces $267 Million in Grants

On April 6, HHS announced its release of $267 million in grants for Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to 28 additional nonprofit centers. The $267 million comes from the HITECH Act which was adopted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

“Health care in our country is community-based.

More HIE grants awarded

On Monday March 22, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $160 million of the final set of grants to help states adopt health information technology. The grants are part of the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program mandated in the 2009 Stimulus bill.

Health IT: Going Mobile

On March 4, Aetna announced a new approach for communicating with patients. Aetna is providing mobile solutions to the vast majority of its members which includes mobile “apps”, text messaging and mobile web access via smart phones.

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