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Experts Predict a Challenging
Job Ahead for Blumenthal

Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

The industry has seen serious momentum in the health IT field since President Obama took office in January. However, physician resistance toward adopting "clunky" electronic medical records remains strong, and experts say swaying physicians will likely be one of the greatest challenges for David Blumenthal, MD, the newly-named national coordinator for health information technology. [Read More]
March 24, 2009
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CCHIT speeds advanced health IT certification
In a move that is bound to cause some controversy, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology plans to speed development of its advanced technology certification programs to keep pace with federal health IT initiatives. The commission said that it will accelerate the rollout of its Advanced Clinical Decision Support and Advanced Security programs. Originally slated for completion in 2011, those programs will now be finished in the 2009-2010 development cycle, which begins July 1 and runs through June 30, 2010. [Read More]

CalPERS to launch electronic prescribing pilot program
Next month, CalPERS will launch a pilot program to study how electronic prescribing can improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs. CalPERS, which provides healthcare benefits to nearly 1.3 million public employees in California, said its new pilot is the largest e-prescribing initiative in the state, and possibly nationwide. [Read More]

Questions surround health IT money
I love best-case/worst-case scenarios, and here's a good one from the Associated Press on the government's plan to spend $19 billion to promote health IT. Best-case scenario: seamless communication among doctors and patients, and far fewer mistakes. Worst-case: $19 billion goes down the drain. So simple, yet so true. [Read More]

The Standards Charter Organization
John Halamka, MD, gives some good insight into the Standards Charter Organization recently announced in a press release. Halamka says people have been asking if the SCO is the successor to HITSP or if it changes the landscape of standards harmonization efforts. In this blog posting, he answers that question and a bevy of others related to the new SCO. [Read More]

Are You Part of a Top Leadership Team?
HealthLeaders Media is gearing up for its fifth year of the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program that recognizes the best in senior leadership teamwork at hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. This year's winners will be honored during HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now, an event planned for October 15-16 at The Palmer House in Chicago. If you and your organization have an outstanding teamwork story to share, go to the Top Leadership Teams site to learn more about the six categories, download an entry form, and submit your entry. The deadline to submit is April 30. [Learn More]
Tech Headlines
The push for paperless health records
Wall Street Journal - March 24, 2009

Disk with information on 200,000 visitors to Miami hospital stolen
Miami Herald - March 23, 2009

Computer glitch blamed for Wisconsin Medicare payment error
AP/Chicago Tribune - March 19, 2009

The doctor will BRMS you now
New York Times - March 19, 2009

Online records get patients involved in care
Wall Street Journal - March 18, 2009
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