Google Health and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Caring Connections have partnered to allow patients to store and access their advance directives on line.  Advance directives are essentially "directions" that a person gives to their medical professionals about what interventions they wish to have provided or withheld under specific circumstances — especially in emergencies and

[Installment 5 – Governance Considerations from HIT for the Board and Other Hospital Stakeholders] 

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts that relate to the governance concerns surrounding developments in HIPAA, HITECH and HIT. 

The other week, two separate and apparently unrelated events occurred on consecutive days with respect to electronic health records

When I first reviewed the Matrix and other documents released by the HIT Policy Committee’s “Meaningful Use” Workgroup, my initial reaction was “When did defining ‘Meaningful Use’ of EHR morph into attempting to use EHRs to ‘meaningfully’ reform the entire healthcare delivery system.”?  More simply put, the Workgroup’s initial recommendations seemed to me to

The HIT Policy Committee is suppose to unveil its recommendations on the definition of "Meaningful Use" of electronic health records (EHRs) on June 16th, reports Health Data Management.  Any approved definition of "Meaningful Use" would then be forwarded to the Office of National Coordinator for further consideration.  

What will constitute "Meaningful Use" of an EHR has been

Phase I of CMS’s EHR Demonstration project began September 1, 2008.  Physicians selected by CMS to participate in this EHR demo project will be eligible to receive incentives totaling up to $58,000 per physician over five years or $290,000 per practice over five years.

CMS’s selected Community Partners are now accepting applications from eligible physicians located in the following

At the end of June, Investor’s Business Daily reported that Google, Microsoft, Aetna, Blue Cross/ and 27 other private organizations "agreed on" ground rules for protecting the privacy of the sensitive information" c

ontained in personal health records (PHRs). Their Report indicated that the group has been working together for the past 18 months, and on Wednesday, June 26th, released the