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December 2, 2011  12:42 PM

December, already a month to remember in health IT



Posted by: AllinHIT
CMS, EHR, EHR adoption, Electronic health records, Meaningful use, MU stage 2

December can already be marked as a month to remember for those of us in health IT.   HHS leader Sec. Kathleen Sebelius' announcement that MU qualification is being extended until 2014 is sweet music to the ears of those in the industry still struggling with adoption of electronic health...

November 25, 2011  12:05 PM

Studies are revealing nothing new, time to focus on adoption!



Posted by: AllinHIT
E-prescribing, EHR, EHR adoption, eRx, JAMIA

For the past five years, I have written about, spoke on and advocated for the implementation of electronic prescribing software and electronic health records (EHRs). Labor costs concerning pharmacy phone...


November 1, 2011  1:21 PM

Limiting EHR risk is great, but can I get a discount?



Posted by: AllinHIT
CMS, Compliance, EHR, electronic health record, Liability, Medicare, Rep. Tom Marino, Safeguarding Access for Every Medicare Patient Act

I will never forget a discussion I had with a physician about using the e-prescribe "refill status" to monitor medication compliance with her chronic disease patient population.  The doctor made it clear that she did not want this feature "turned on" with the practice's existing e-prescribing...


October 24, 2011  2:44 PM

The ONC, a proven listener in HITECH Affordable Care Acts



Posted by: AllinHIT
ACO, Affordable Care Act, American Hospital Association, EHR, Federally Qualified Health Centers, HITECH, Meaningful use, ONC, Rural health clinics

From final regulations on Meaningful Use stage 1, to the most recent ACO rules, the ONC has shown that they are listening, reading, and putting thoughts to the industry comments.  The recent rule changes to the Shared Savings ACO program, are being applauded by the American Hospital Association,...


October 6, 2011  7:39 AM

Jobs’ innovations, a profound effect on health IT adoption



Posted by: AllinHIT
Apple, Innovation, IPad, IPhone, Steve Jobs

I, like millions of others across this world today, am sadden and shaken with the passing of Steve Jobs, a man who literally has changed the world. There are many accomplishments of this "world changing" figure, from the creation of the PC to the launching of iPads, with such products having a...


September 22, 2011  3:44 PM

My AAFP conference discussion on rural health



Posted by: AllinHIT
AAFP, American Academy of Family Physicians, Care coordination, EHR, HIE, Remote patient monitoring, Rural health, Telehealth, telemedicine

During the the rural health discussion at the AAFP conference, as moderator, I focused on two areas: The  common barriers, and the role that technology can play in addressing these barriers, while also providing quality care to an underserved, rural population. The group, small but passionate,...


September 16, 2011  10:14 AM

AAFP discussion on ACO’s, has questions, fears, but opportunity.



Posted by: AllinHIT
AAFP, Accountable Care Organizations, ACO's, American Academy of Family Physicians, Physician adoption

Yesterday, while attending the AAFP Scientific Asssembly in Orlando, I haphazardly, and happily, assisted in leading a table top discussion on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). After probing and discussing this topic with physicians, I recognized their need for understanding the opportunity...


September 9, 2011  10:36 AM

New AAFP EHR survey a revealing trove of information



Posted by: AllinHIT
AAFP, American Academy of Family Physicians, EHR adoption, EHR User Satisfaction Survey

The AAFP's EHR User Satisfaction Survey has served as an accurate barometer of


August 30, 2011  10:17 AM

Venture Capital in health IT, alive and well, especially in Austin.



Posted by: AllinHIT
Angel investors, Health IT jobs, Health IT market, HITECH, VC funding, Venture Capital

The health care IT software and services market is projected to grow approximately 25% per year, till 2014.  While this growth is due to many factors, the primary credit can be attributed to the HITECH...

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August 22, 2011  2:31 PM

Unencrypted thumbs….are really dumb!



Posted by: AllinHIT
Data privacy and security, Encryption, HIPAA, Thumb drives, USB

This week Australia selected Accenture as a prime contractor, and selected some subcontractors, including Oracle and Orion Health, to develop Australia's "Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record" or PCEHR.  This PHR product will allow Australia's 22 million citizens access their...


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