New Mass. electronic health records grants: Wiring Healthcare for the Homeless

From Healthcare IT News: The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative will give 32 collaborative projects up to $75,000 each in HIway Implementation Grants to help 80 healthcare organizations across the Commonwealth connect to the HIway, Massachusetts' statewide health information exchange. From the Massachusetts eHealth Institute Recipients were awarded grants based on their ability … Continue reading New Mass. electronic health records grants: Wiring Healthcare for the Homeless

The future for computers and health care

 Partners’ Kedvar asks – What is the future of The Center for Connected Health?  I was recently asked to predict what our Center would be like 10 years hence.  Stated another way, the question was: “What is your ten year vision for your Center?”  My initial reaction was, “Of course I should be able to … Continue reading The future for computers and health care

Blog roundup: Employers and health reform

I’m always impressed at the range of perspectives to emerge every two weeks in the Health Wonk Review, a collection of blog posts.  The latest edition – hosted by the BNET Healthcare Blog --looks at the role of employers in health reform. As always, you’ll find comments from economists, health policy experts, lawyers, consumer advocates … Continue reading Blog roundup: Employers and health reform

What your doctor is really thinking

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center announced their new “Open Notes” project yesterday. According to the hospital new release, the project “will examine the impact of adding new layer of openness to a traditionally one-sided element of the doctor-patient relationship – the notes from patients’ doctors’ visits.” The Globe sort of scooped them and then some with … Continue reading What your doctor is really thinking

Health week in review and a peek at doctors’ notes

See the BHN week in review, hosted by Mass Device, where we try to untangle the news about what kind of health information systems will qualify for federal funds. We also ask -- How much of that eco- friendly drug company tower in Kendal Square was paid for by national health care systems in places … Continue reading Health week in review and a peek at doctors’ notes

ONC: “Meaningful use” for HIT will evolve

 A panel deciding what kind of computerized health information systems will get stimulus money was sent back to do some more homework yesterday, according to Healthcare IT News.  Companies that make these systems and providers who use them have been waiting for a definition of the "meaningful use" requirement  so they canplan to  get in on … Continue reading ONC: “Meaningful use” for HIT will evolve

New Partners/Harvard HIT blog

Partners has a new blog on -- jargon alert -- clinical informatics.  Might  be worth checking out since the federal HIT effort is headed by Partners doc David Blumenthal. He recently brought Partners' HIT boss on board to help out.  For more on Dr. John Glaser, see BHN's March interview. The Partners site includes links, news and its own content.  Today it leads … Continue reading New Partners/Harvard HIT blog

Blumenthal on “meaningful use” — soon

Here are 'today's comments and links from Kaiser Health News about David Blumenthal's definition of the term that will drive stimulus money for HIT:  "meaningful use."  HHS soon will issue guidance and specifications on the definition of "meaningful use" of health information technology, National Coordinator for Health IT David Blumenthal said on Friday, CongressDaily reports (Noyes, CongressDaily, 5/8). "Meaningful use … Continue reading Blumenthal on “meaningful use” — soon

Quick hits on HIT, quality and wedding bells

Former NEJM editors Relman and Angell to wed. Globe  SEIU organizes St. Elizabeth's  SEIU  Rhode Island report first to measure statewide healthcare IT use  Healthcare IT News Groopman in WSJ questions the quality of "quality metrics" Racial health care disparities persist in Mass.  Blumenthal on HIT in NEJM:  The HIT components of the stimulus package … Continue reading Quick hits on HIT, quality and wedding bells

BHN exclusive: Partner’s Glaser on getting HIT right

             Partners HealthCare has been way ahead on getting computers to bedsides and into the hands of doctors. Partners CIO John Glaser, the man in charge of putting that system in place, spoke to BHN last week.            The technology can be used to do a lot of good, he said. HIT can eliminate duplication, … Continue reading BHN exclusive: Partner’s Glaser on getting HIT right