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Report: HHS paving the road for continued health IT efforts

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) evaluated the progress of the U.S. Health and Human Services (HSS) which since mid-2005 has sought to develop a national health IT strategy. The GAO report indicates that the HHS’ efforts towards this goal are well on their way and look to continue for the foreseeable future.

HIMSS Highlights

Interoperability big story at HIMSS 2006

The annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2006 conference kicked off in February in San Diego with a bang, and those lucky enough to attend experienced a variety of provocative sessions. The conference brought in an estimated 24,500 healthcare professionals and focused on movement within governmental bodies and the challenge of designing and implementing interoperative EHRs.

Swearingen giving away RIS software

In an effort to promote itself as a radiology information system (RIS)-only company, Swearingen Software has an offer for hospitals in which it will provide its RMS RIS software free of charge if you’ll cover the install and yearly service charge.

AHIMA to benchmark for RHIOs

A new study to be conducted by the Foundation of Research and Education (FORE) of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) will develop best practices and successful model(s) for state-level regional health information organizations (RHIOs) in the areas of governance, structure, financing and health information exchange policies.

Study: 1 in 6 Americans has suffered from a medical misdiagnosis

Half of all medical mistakes in the U.S. are reported as misdiagnosis, according to a study released this week by Isabel Healthcare, a developer of web-based diagnosis decision support systems.

Study: Open source software holds key to radically changing health IT

Open source software has the potential to dramatically change and improve the way health IT is developed and pave the way to easier interoperability, benefiting patients and caregivers, according to a report recently released by the California Health Care Foundation.

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State of the Union: President Bush emphasizes healthcare cost control through health savings accounts, health IT

President Bush devoted time to healthcare in his State of the Union address on Jan. 31, with affordability of coverage the main concern which the Administration will focus on this year, he said. Though Bush made reference to electronic medical records and health IT, his focus was on economics and expanding the use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).

Clinical decision support guide wins HIMSS Book Of The Year

A Micromedex-sponsored guidebook called “Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer’s Guide” has been named one of two recipients of the HIMSS 2005 ‘Book of the Year’ award.

HIMSS: Bush Administration follows through on promise for more health IT funding

President Bush last week released his administration’s Fiscal Year 2007 Budget which shows increased allotments for health IT initiatives. In its evaluation of the budget, HIMSS noted that health IT was the top item, which is obviously a good sign.

HIMSS leadership study to-do list: Keep patients happy, safe, and get rid of paper

Patient satisfaction and safety are the two biggest healthcare issues that will be faced in coming years, and along with that comes the implementation of health IT initiatives to boost patient satisfaction and reduce medical errors.