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Health IT bill to ease anti-kickback regs, put NCHIT in charge of standards - now delayed Last week The House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committeesvoted in favor of two versions of the same health IT related bill (HR4157). The bill sets out to empower the HHS’s Office of the NationalCoordinator for Health IT to oversee standards for storing medicalrelated data and standards development relating to interoperability ina timely fashion. However, this week the bill was put on hold overconcerns that it could increase overall federal spending and decreaserevenues.
Though some lag, doctor health IT access increasing Physician access to health IT systems for their practices is growing, according to a recent national study by non-partisan research firm the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) which looked at the period between 2000-01 and 2004-05.
New bill proposes national EHR network Last week both a House of Representatives and Senate version of a newbill dubbed the “Independent Health Record Bank Act of 2006” wereintroduced that look to provide electronic health record accounts toindividuals in a fashion similar to ATM and online banking.
ACR attempts to avoid DRA D-Day The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), which was signed into law inearly February by President Bush, has the now booming imaging centerindustry reeling and fearful that not only is the fun over, but thatthe new rules might very well spell doom.
Survey Update: Most organizations plan to slow technology purchases this year In light of the recent U.S. Deficit Reduction Act, most readersresponding to last week’s survey (64 percent) plan to reduce theirorganization’s capital technology purchases.
Top Stories Kodak restructures to ramp up digital business; health unit is on the block
House moves forward with health IT promotion bill A House subcommittee focused on health issues yesterday approved a bill(HR 4157) designed to boost health IT usage nationally through privacystandards and EHRs (electronic health records).
Health IT use grows in hospitals, helps boost care quality Health IT has the potential to offer considerable quality of careimprovements such as improving clinical informatics, diagnosis,treatment, patient safety and decreasing inefficiencies, according to anew study from the Mathematica research firm.
TEPR speakers urge HIT adoption, but stories reflect a lack of progress If the opening session speakers at the Medical Records Institute annualconference Towards the Electronic Patient Record (TEPR 2006), held thisweek in Baltimore, were anything to judge by, widespread adoption ofelectronic health records isn’t likely in the near future.
States join privacy and security collaborative RTI International announced yesterday that 22 states have signedagreements to join a national public-private collaborative aimed ataddressing privacy and security policy questions affectinginteroperable health information exchange.

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