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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.

Rep. Kennedy plans to introduce health records privacy bill

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) plans to introduce legislation that fills the holes in existing laws that protect the privacy of Americans’ health records.

Report: Many healthcare providers need expertise in health IT

Health IT adoption has been widely shown to greatly benefit patient care, but one essential ingredient that is missing is healthcare providers with expertise in implementing the technologies, according to a report released this week by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) called Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology.

'HIT Promotion Act' action increases

Privacy is the biggest issue when it comes to crafting a federal law to promote health information technology (HIT) according to speakers during last month’s House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee hearing. It was the first hearing on the Health IT Promotion Act of 2005, which Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.) introduced last October.

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.