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Health IT Now Announces Robert Horne as Executive Director

Washington, DC – Health IT Now (HITN) is pleased to announce Robert Horne as Executive Director, effective immediately. Robert replaces Joel White, who has served as Executive Director since 2007 and will remain involved with HITN as a senior advisor.

Health IT solutions mean big things for business

Seattle Children’s Hospital is a brilliant example of successful health IT implementation. The hospital is using software from Tableau to draw “smart inferences from the 10 terabytes of data locked up in his servers and warehousing appliances.”

The Guideline Advantage Program: An innovative and effective approach to outpatient monitoring

The American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association have joined together to create a program entitled The Guideline Advantage. The collaborative program works with outpatient health technology systems to track and monitor outpatient recovery and wellness.

American Telemedicine Association Hosts its First Annual Policy Summit

On Wednesday, July 27, the American Telemedicine Association will host its first annual policy summit.

Electronic Medical Records: Privacy Risks and Opportunities

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.

Tech giants unite to bolster remote, chronic care services

Two major tech companies, General Electric and Intel, are teaming up to help those suffering from chronic illnesses by delivering healthcare services remotely.

FDA and FCC Join Forces on Wireless Medical Devices Regulation

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.

$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.

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