Category Archives: Health Information Technology (IT)

ONC: Health IT Fact Sheet

From the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology What Is Health IT? The term “health information technology” (health IT) refers to the electronic systems health care professionals – and increasingly, patients – use to store, share, and analyze health information. … Continue reading

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10 Recommendations for Patient Safety in Health IT

by Sabrina Rodak, Becker’s Hospital Review The Institute of Medicine, which cited a need for greater oversight of health IT by public and private sectors, has made 10 recommendations for patient safety in health IT. IOM’s report, “Patient Safety and Health … Continue reading

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EMR Implementation Creates Opportunities for Nurses

By Megan M. Krischke, NurseZone.com With the push to obtain the full incentive payout for meaningful use of electronic medical records (EMR)/electronic health records (EHR) created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, many hospitals are in the … Continue reading

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The Health IT Standards Committee Endorses EHR Vocabulary

By Mary Mosquera, Government Health IT The Health IT Standards Committee has endorsed a single set of vocabulary standards and a single guide for putting them in place for each area of quality reporting measures, an accomplishment that some individuals … Continue reading

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HIE’s Save Payers Big Bucks

By Ken Terry,  Fierce Health IT News A study of emergency-department visits conducted by Humana in the Milwaukee area shows that payers can save money if EDs have access to community health information exchanges (HIEs). When ED clinicians queried patients‘ … Continue reading

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HHS Allot $137 Million for Public Health Surveillance & Health IT

By Bernie Monegaine, HealthcareITNews.com WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday awarded $137 million to nearly every state to strengthen prevention efforts and to improve public health. Many of the awards include a health IT component, … Continue reading

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HHS Rural Health IT Task Force Focus Health IT for Rural Hospitals

By Bernie Monegain, HealthcareITNews.com WASHINGTON – The Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture have signed a memorandum of understanding linking rural hospitals and clinicians to capital loan programs to help them purchase software and hardware needed to implement … Continue reading

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