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Building open source health care applications, and other health IT news

If a government-funded platform for an open source app store for health care takes off, the 99-cent EHR system could be coming soon. Two doctors from Children’s Hospital Boston have been awarded a $15 million Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects, or SHARP grant to help fund their vision of providing inexpensive, interoperable health care applications that can be run on a number of devices and easily swapped out.

The project’s founders have set an aggressive timeline for completion, and are confident that they will need only two years to get their open source health care application platform up and running.

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Clinical order set library provides a path to transforming care — Health system officials discuss how using a clinical order set library and a computerized physician order entry, or CPOE, system has resulted in improvements in the quality of care.

Application performance monitoring diagnoses hospital network problems — Application performance monitoring tools help run down hospital network bottlenecks and keep service providers honest.

To ease EHR implementation, learn from ERP, CRM rollouts — Think health care is unique? Two Ovum analysts argue that lessons learned from enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management can work for implementing electronic health records  too.

Making progress toward meaningful use compliance and HIE — Speakers from the Healthcare Stimulus Exchange conference discuss how they are making progress toward meaningful use compliance and health information exchange.

New ONC workgroup to discuss HITECH security, privacy — Members of the standards and policy committees of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, as well as members of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, have joined a HITECH security and privacy workgroup. They’ll be busy.

CMS proposes to ease the burden of telemedicine credentialing — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a proposed rule to ease the burden of telemedicine credentialing.

HITECH naysayers come out of the woodwork — The HITECH Act’s ambitious health care IT infrastructure buildup encounters more skepticism out in the field.

A seat at the health IT table: Don’t forget patients, advocates say — At a June 4 hearing on disparities in health IT, advocates reminded providers and software developers why it’s important to include patients in the design and development of health IT applications.

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