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New bill seeks universal privacy standards

In November, House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chair Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.) and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chair Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) put forward a bill (HR 4157) which would grant the HHS the ability to develop new national medical privacy standards and make it easier for doctors to accept donations of IT equipment.

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HHS hopes loosening of Stark law will spur health IT adoption

After much anticipation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued new rules to bolster adoption of e-prescription tools and EMR (electronic medical records) by physicians and healthcare organizations. The new rules were introduced by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt.  

IBM grants standards bodies free access to patents to develop open standards

IBM's healthcare and education practices this week announced a major initiative to grant royalty free access to its patented technology to standards bodies in an effort to boost improve interoperability and IT developments through open software standards

RTI International to support interoperable electronic records initiative

RTI International has been awarded an $11.5 million contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to support efforts to develop the National Health Information Network, a system in which electronic health records would be stored and

Survey: Most hospitals still lack fully implemented IT systems

Though more and more healthcare facilities are adopting IT systems to streamline operations and boost quality of care, only 10 percent of them have a fully installed health IT system in place, according to recently released results from an American Hospit

Bluegate buys Trilliant, names CEO

Provider of health IT outsourcing and management security systems Bluegate Corp. has acquired Houston-based Trilliant Corporation.

Technology CEOs: Networked healthcare system a national imperative

High-level executives from a number of powerful high-tech companies yesterday jointly declared that building a networked healthcare system is an absolute necessity for the United States.

IT certification group to grow

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology, sponsored by the health IT industry, will expand to give greater representation to certain industry stakeholders.

Survey defines physician costs for EHRs

The average cost per physician in starting up an EHR system could be as high as $33,000, so says a special issue of Health Affairs that last month released the results of a web and telephone response based survey.

RAND Study: Industry-wide health IT adoption could save $162 billion annually

If the healthcare community would fully implement information technology such as EMRs and various other health IT systems -- the cost savings could potentially reach $162 billion annually, according to a pair of new RAND Corporation studies released yeste