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  • By now everyone should have returned to their offices from Orlando and HIMSS11. In case you weren’t there or you were but remained confined to a booth for the duration and missed the latest in EHRs and practice management systems, here is a thorough report from HIStalk. One visitor to our booth commented on the overwhelming amount of vendors on the floor: “30,000 attendees and 1,000 vendors—maybe this is what’s wrong with health care.” Point taken.
  • Here’s a video interview of CEO Jonathan Bush by Matthew Holt and here’s what HIStalk had to say about booth 948: "athenahealth always has such a fun crew at their booth. Jonathan Bush was holding court (I got a short audience) in the central couch pit. It was just too much fun watching the procession of folks flowing in and out and the antics of the inimitable JB."


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="520" caption="Click on the photo from HIMSS11 to see our Tame the Beast video."][/caption]

  • You may have noticed that the departing head of ONC, Dr. David Blumenthal, spoke at HIMSS11. Some excerpts of his remarks reported by HIStalk… “21,300 providers have signed up as Meaningful Users and $20 million has been paid out under Medicaid. The Medicare payments will start in May…62 Regional Extension Centers enrolling 6,000 providers each week… colleges have trained 3,400 people in HIT and the goal is 10,000 per year…” And on Feb. 23, Blumenthal sent out this letter about what he describes as the “Age of Meaningful Use” for EHRs.
  • And in case you left HIMSS early and missed the speech by actor and Parkinson’s patient, Michael J. Fox, here’s an account of his comments.
  • On Monday we reported the release of our 2nd Physician Sentiment Index, through a partnership with Sermo. The Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog picked up the news.
  • On Tuesday morning we announced our strategic alliance with Microsoft. It made the news in Xconomy, the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal. Also Fierce HealthIT sat down for an interview with CEO Jonathan Bush and covered a lot of ground in the Health IT space.
  • Maybe this shouldn’t be surprising, but NPR is reporting a widespread--and incorrect--belief that health care reform has already been repealed.  We like the suggestion in the post to revive Schoolhouse Rock so that folks can better understand the legislative process.
  • HealthcareIT News reports on the growing importance of computer-savvy nurses.
  • Late last week we announced the appointment of Stephen Kahane, MD to head our Enterprise Services Group.
  • Attention all Hemingways-with-a-stethoscope! Physicians Practice is looking for writers with medical degrees, or if you like, doctors who can write. Sign up here.
  • Finally, it’s generally a good idea to pay attention to government auditors. And the Government Accountability Office has concluded that CMS should smooth out inconsistencies in its incentive programs meant to encourage doctors to adopt EHRs and electronic prescription.  And while we’re on the topic of the federal government and information technology, check out the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, which was released last week.
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