HealthLeaders Media IT - April 7, 2009 | Live from HIMSS: Take Advantage of Stimulus Money
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The question of timing to get HITECH Act reimbursement is on everyone's mind. On the one hand, the federal government is saying to hurry up to get the maximum reimbursement by Jan. 1, 2011. At the same time the government is also saying to wait until at least the end of the year before the regulations come to clarify what a "qualified EHR" or a "meaningful user" means. Dr. Jim Morrow, a family physician in Atlanta, cut through the dilemma with some good old Southern straight talk at a crowded session on the stimulus money. [Read More]
April 7, 2009
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Live From HIMSS: Don't Procrastinate on Developing IT Strategy
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the stimulus law, fundamentally redefines the language of heath IT—what is a qualified EHR and who will be the certifying agency. Experts say organizations will have to revamp their processes if they are going to improve healthcare by the appropriate application of technology, noting that "just installing the technology will not fix the problem." [Read More]

GE and Intel working on remote monitors to provide home healthcare
General Electric and Intel are joining forces in an attempt to cash in on the trend of delivering more healthcare outside the realm of hospitals and doctors' offices. The companies plan to spend $250 million jointly over the next five years on research and development of health technologies to let doctors remotely monitor, diagnose, and consult with patients in their homes or assisted-living residences. GE and Intel are pursuing what they anticipate will be a new multibillion-dollar market to automate and streamline the management of chronic conditions as populations age. [Read More]

New York-Presbyterian Hospital offering digital records
New York-Presbyterian Hospital, whose centers and clinics provide about 20% of New York's healthcare, has become the first large institution to move beyond the pilot stage of digital record systems as it begins to offer consumer-controlled health records for patients. The hospital has been working with Microsoft for more than a year on technical matters, as well as on patients' ease-of-use concerns. The introduction will be gradual, beginning with heart patients who will be told of the potential benefits of personal health records when they visit a NewYork-Presbyterian hospital or outpatient clinic. The goal is to scale up the system's introduction over the next few months. [Read More]

Waukesha (WI) Memorial taps eco-friendly ideas in laboratory addition
When Waukesha Memorial Hospital embarked on a laboratory addition and renovation, it had two goals: build something large enough so lab services could be consolidated into one centralized area and do it in an environmentally friendly way. Now under construction, the $24 million project has a host of "green" building features designed to conserve water and energy and reduce waste through recycling. Among other features, the new hospital addition will include a wall of windows to take advantage of natural light, and its floor is made of recycled tires. [Read More]

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