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EHR & HIT News Round-Up

by athenahealth Blogmaster,

  • The money flows. According to this piece in Health IT Update, about $400 million worth of incentive payments for the Meaningful Use of EHRs have gone out to physicians around the country. If you are an eligible provider, how are you doing on your path to achieving Meaningful Use? If you are late to the game, you might want to check out the latest in our popular webinar series. The sessions are always available on demand. We also have all kinds of resources available on our website. And stay tuned for more exciting news about how we are working closely with our clients to help them achieve Meaningful Use of their EHR.
  • We are always happy to highlight the latest from Todd Park. He co-founded athenahealth in 1997 with Jonathan Bush and has since gone on to become the Chief Technology Officer for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. But he’s no Beltway bureaucrat. It’s his job is to share his experiences as a successful entrepreneur. Thanks to the HIStalk blog, we found this recent video clip where he talks about the current convergence of various forces and opportunities in health IT today. He takes the stage at around the 00:51 mark.
  • A few weeks ago, we shared the news that Dr. John Halamka would be stepping down from his post as CIO of Harvard Medical School. Here is the exit interview. He is still blogging and holding down several other jobs.
  • Cloud, cloud, cloud. Cloud computing seems to be all over the place now and you will only see more about it and cloud-based services if we have anything to say about it. We have used this blog to cover some of the legal issues around cloud-based health IT. Dan Orenstein, author of those posts and our general counsel, shows up in this piece from Becker’s Hospital Review. And here is another take, which includes some great nuggets. Take for example that, “…88 percent of health care organizations that are cloud users have reduced the cost of software applications by moving them into the cloud, with an average annual savings of 20 percent.”
  • If it weren’t so hard to be a doctor, this company would not exist. Doctors have enough to worry about trying to save and heal people. They don’t need to be distracted by all the scut work we are happy to shoulder. But as hard as it is to be a doctor, what about when the doctor is the patient?  This piece somewhat mirrors what one of our clients endured when the tables were turned on him. The sources of pain are a little different but when Dr. Allen Gee tried to get medical care for one of his children he found a bizarre and frustrating obstacle course in the way.
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