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E-prescription use grows, but some hurdles remain

Under the new health IT regulations passed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), all physicians will be required to use electronic prescriptions instead of relying on hand-writing them or will be penalized financially by the federal government. The regulation goes into effect in 2012.

ITIF Hosts Health IT Event

This past Thursday ITIF hosted an event entitled “Leading Innovations in Healthcare Technology.” Rob Atkinson of ITIF and Robert Epstein of Medco engaged the room in a discussion centered on the history and current policy of pharmaceutical research and healthcare IT in the United States. The two discussed the advent of personalized medical treatment and the possibility of targeted gene therapy for different types of cancer.

Hearing on Implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act

The House Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee held a hearing on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building entitled “Implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.”

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.

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