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A critical look at the HITECH Act, and other health IT news

Ray Campbell, CEO and executive director of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, felt it was time for an honest assessment of the HITECH Act. At the consortium’s annual meeting in Boston on June 4, he offered some sobering thoughts on the legislation, 16 months after its enactment.

In his speech, Campbell expressed concern that the HITECH Act could be too flawed to achieve its goal of establishing a national health IT infrastructure. He also warned that while health information technology and health information exchange are necessary, health IT adoption alone is not enough to improve quality of care.

Check out the rest of last week’s coverage from

Cloud computing offerings face barriers to health IT adoption — The development of cloud computing offerings for health care is well under way, but it could take years for cloud services to catch on. Security concerns stand in the way.

Office for Civil Rights offers HIPAA enforcement update — HIPAA enforcement has changed since the HITECH Act passed. An Office for Civil Rights official recently explained the new HIPAA rules and outlined how providers can avoid costly data breaches.

What’s new for health information exchange in CONNECT 3.0 — David Riley, lead for the Federal Health Architecture, discusses how version 3 of the open source tool CONNECT can advance health information exchange, a key tenet of meaningful use.

Cisco’s new tablet computer focuses on collaboration — Cisco has unveiled the Cius, a tablet computer designed for collaboration and virtual desktop integration. Will the Cius be an iPad-killer for health care?

Website details meaningful use incentives as more docs leave Medicare — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has created a website summarizing various meaningful use and EHR adoption incentive programs, and what it will take to reap the rewards.

Meaningful use certification: Later rather than sooner — A new report polls hospital CIOs, who reveal their concern about getting into compliance with meaningful use deadlines, especially with the early deadlines for incentives.

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