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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.
Report: Future holds room for both digital and traditional modalities Don’t expect film x-ray and other “traditional” radiology systems to go extinct anytime too soon. According to a new report, digital x-ray systems, for example, currently still make up just 30 percent of the worldwide radiography market.
Study: U.S. behind in health IT adoption, paying more for healthcare The U.S. has made some steps towards wider electronic medical record and other health IT adoption, but according to a report by Health Affairs published yesterday, the efforts seem to be baby steps when put in an international perspective.
National health IT coordinator Brailer resigns post but not going far Healthcare IT's first czar — David Brailer, MD, PhD — yesterday resigned his post as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, citing personal reasons.

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