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Nashville: The New Hotbed for Health IT Innovation
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

There are only a handful of regions in the United States that have the knowledge base, capital access, local leadership, and infrastructure to be the innovative leader in health IT. And Nashville, TN, is a "tremendous contender," said David Brailer, MD, PhD, chairman of San Francisco, CA-based Health Evolution Partners, during the Nashville Health Care Council's forum on health information technology and the economic stimulus held nearly two weeks ago. [Read More]
July 7, 2009
Editor's Picks
Stakeholders submit comments on draft definition of 'meaningful use'
Here's a quick summary of some of the stakeholder comments submitted on the Health IT Policy Committee's proposed definition of "meaningful use" of electronic health records to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The common thread among many of the comments was that the proposed sequencing for adoption of EHR systems was too aggressive and unrealistic for many providers. Elements like CPOE should be pushed back to 2013 or beyond. [Read More]

HIPAA 5010 Requires IT to Do More with Fewer Resources
It would be an understatement to say that hospitals have long IT project lists. They have to convert to an EHR (if they haven't already), prove meaningful use, and qualify for incentive payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. They also need to transition to HIPAA 5010 and be ready to submit claims electronically using the upgraded HIPAA standards by January 1, 2012—nearly one year prior to the October 1, 2013 ICD-10 deadline. My colleague Lisa Eramo sheds some light on the new HIPAA 5010 data requirements. [Read More]

Health IT coordinator to harmonize EHR standards in NHIN
The National Health Information Network, a patient data exchange system developed under the Bush administration that is currently being used by the Veterans Administration and Social Security Administration, will likely be the health information exchange system used to share patient data and meet the meaningful use criteria. "We are working on continuing the momentum of the NHIN and Connect," the NHIN software, said David Blumenthal, MD, the national health IT coordinator, during a Connect users conference. [Read More]

Five Key Questions About an Insurance Exchange
Soon consumers may be able to compare health insurance plans and select the one that best suits their needs if an insurance exchange is included in health reform. But first lawmakers will have to answer five tough questions, according to this article by my colleague Les Masterson. For example, will it include an individual coverage mandate, be a federal or state program, and who will have access? [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Lawsuit filed against stimulus act
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Massachusetts bill: Tax cuts for electronic prescriptions
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Physician Resistance Remains a Stumbling Block to EHRs
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