At a congressional committee hearing, health IT experts said that HHS has made "considerable progress" in promoting health IT efforts nationwide but that "much work" remains, including on developing stronger standards to ensure the privacy of health data. Modern Healthcare et al.
Kaiser Permanente recently announced it would provide the international medical community with access to its Convergent Medical Terminology system in an effort to increase the interoperability of clinical codes used in electronic health records. InformationWeek et al.
The Pharmacy e-Health IT Collaborative was formed to address health IT challenges and opportunities as they relate to the pharmacy profession. Members will work on linking pharmacy information within electronic health records. Modern Healthcare, Drug Store News.
The State Health IT Dashboard -- created by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society -- aims to help health care stakeholders and policymakers access no-cost information on state-specific health IT initiatives. Healthcare IT News, Health Data Management.
The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association and the not-for-profit HealthBridge will establish a health information network to connect more than 50 hospitals and 7,500 physicians in southwest Ohio. The network will be one of the largest in the country. Dayton Business Journal.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT are encouraging regional extension centers to connect with CHIME's StateNet coordinators on health IT projects. The coordinators are part of a CIO network aimed at sharing strategies for electronic health record adoption. Healthcare IT News, Health Data Management.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has posted answers to frequently asked questions about the federal government's "meaningful use" incentive program. The questions are based on inquiries from various health care groups. Government Health IT et al.
A Senate report says the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are pursuing independent solutions to common requirements for their respective electronic health record systems. Senators are seeking a revised plan from DOD and VA. Government Health IT.
The Federal Communications Commission has approved a plan to open TV "white space" airwaves for broadband use. Supporters say health care providers can use white space frequencies to expand services in rural areas. HealthLeaders Media, InformationWeek.
A new survey concludes that more than 35% of physicians are unaware of the financial penalties for not complying with the "meaningful use" requirements. Still, of those who were unaware, more than 65% said the penalties would not drive them to adopt electronic health records. Healthcare IT News.