Dr. David Blumenthal | May 27, 2010
Across the country, in practices large and small, urban and rural, general and specialized, health care providers are beginning their journey towards the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). Some practices are in the preliminary stages of learning about health IT, while others have already implemented systems and are using them to the benefit of patients.Read Full Post.
Dr. David Blumenthal | May 5, 2010
Across the nation, in communities large and small, health information technology (health IT) innovators are boldly leading the way toward the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). Yesterday, we awarded $220 million in Beacon Community cooperative agreements to 15 trailblazing community consortiums that will demonstrate how the meaningful use of electronic health records can serve as a critical foundation for achieving measurable improvement in the quality and efficiency of health care in the United States.Read Full Post.
Dr. David Blumenthal | April 27, 2010
As I write, physicians throughout the United States are deciding whether to become meaningful users of electronic health records by 2011 when Medicare and Medicaid start making extra payments to meaningful users. For some the decision may be pretty simple. Almost 200,000 doctors already have adopted EHRs and are using them at a basic or sophisticated level. For these physicians, the journey to meaningful use, and its financial and clinical rewards, may be comparatively short. Many other doctors,Read Full Post.
Dr. Charles Friedman | April 7, 2010
We frequently talk about health IT with an emphasis on the technology. But at the heart of the transformation of our health system, it’s really all about people. Above all, it’s about improving care for all Americans.Read Full Post.
Dr. David Blumenthal | April 5, 2010
In June of 2008, ONC published the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan — a roadmap for the implementation of nationwide health IT. We need to update the plan to take into account progress made toward the HITECH vision and new opportunities and challenges that may have arisen.Read Full Post.