Date Articles about Government Initiatives Summary
05/24/05 NCQA to Certify Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced plans to develop a new certification program for electronic health record (EHR) keeping systems
02/01/05 President Discusses Health Care Information Technology Benefits “I’ve asked Dr. David Brailer to join us. When we started the process of encouraging information technology to spread throughout health care, and setting the goal that there ought to be — every patient — every American ought to have a medical — electronic medical record within…”
02/01/05 Feds Unveil Medicare Pay-For-Performance Project Rewarding health-care providers based on the quality of the care they give is one important way to help drive the industrywide adoption of health-care IT, such as electronic prescribing and digital health-record systems, which can reduce medical errors and costs.
01/27/05 Bush promotes computerized medical records President Bush said Thursday that the medical industry is behind the times, using paper and pen for many records and prescriptions when computerized records could reduce cost and errors.
01/24/05 Health Care IT Outlook 2005: Returning To Financial Reality During the election year of 2004, health care consumers and providers were showered with a series of promises about the coming high-tech future. Both campaigns issued policy papers calling for vast, new national health care technology initiatives that would improve care while reducing costs.
01/24/05 Support for Leavitt Nomination Comes from Both Sides of Aisle Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley predict-ed a vote to confirm Leavitt early this week. If confirmed, Leavitt will head the largest department in the federal government. HHS encompasses 300 programs, has 66,000 employees and is budgeted for more than $550 billion.
01/22/05 Health IT Infrastructure Could Net Big Savings A national system for electronic health information could save as much as $78 billion dollars a year, or about 5 percent of the current health care spend, according to a study by the Center for Information Technology Leadership, a nonprofit research group focused on health care.
01/16/05 Electronic medical records take hit A year ago, President Bush announced support to modernize the nation’s health-care system with information technology, as part of a 10-year plan. Later, $150 million in funding was proposed.
12/17/04 U.S. Army aims to halt paperwork with IBM system The U.S. Army has enlisted IBM and a handful of other companies to create an automated record-keeping system that ends the need for electronic forms to be printed out, signed and delivered up the military service’s chain of command.
12/13/04 EMR enticements: What will it take? Physicians have been slow to respond to existing programs offering a bonus for implementing electronic medical records.
12/04/04 Thompson: ‘Drive technology’ But electronic health records projects backed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality retained $50 million in funding this year, the spokeswoman added
11/26/04 Both senators ‘pleased’ with funds approved for Pennsylvania Pennsylvania is a good example of where the money goes in the 2005 omnibus spending bill already passed by the Senate and soon to be passed by the House.
11/23/04 Where Arizona’s money will go Here are some of the Arizona-related items, programs or projects funded in the $388 billion omnibus appropriations bill approved by Congress:
11/18/04 Report: State and local health care market booming Market research firm Input Inc. reports the sharp increase is driven by requirements for greater inefficiencies in health care administration, as well as continued investments in Medicaid Management Information Systems. The advancement of electronics record management also will fuel more health care IT expenditures
11/17/04 HIMSS EHR Vendor Association Will Provide Collective Voice to Accelerate EHR Adoption The creation of the HIMSS EHR Vendor Association will work to further initiatives laid out by David J. Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., national coordinator for Health Information Technology, in the Health IT Strategic Framework, which was released July 2004.
11/08/04 VA to let vets personalize health records online The Veterans Affairs Department will launch the first features of a personal health record on its My HeatheVet Web site Thursday, Veterans Day. The goal: expand veterans’ access to and control over their health information.
11/05/04 Detroit has big stake in what happens next in nation’s capital If you buy conventional political wisdom, a second Bush Administration and stronger Republican control of Congress should be good for Detroit’s automakers.
11/04/04 Electronic Healthcare Technology Educational Teleconference Series Scheduled A combination of federal health regulatory mandates are poised to force healthcare providers and payors to adopt e-health technology applications. Two special teleconferences on electronic healthcare technology have been organized by Health Resources Publishing to assist you in: a)understanding and planning for the federal requirements and b) learning how to successfully implement e-healthcare technology.
10/25/04 From his lips: George W. Bush Within 10 years, every American must have a personal electronic medical record. The federal government has got to take the lead in order to make sure this happens—by developing what’s called technical standards. And we’ve done good work, and we’ll try to finish the standards by the end of this year.
10/13/04 HHS Awards $139 Million to Drive Adoption of Health Information Technology The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced $139 million in grants and contracts to promote the use of health information technology (HIT). Awarded through HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), this multi-year program builds on President Bush’s initiative to use HIT to improve the nation’s health care system.
10/04/04 Presidential prescription: How to fix health care President Bush’s proposals have focused on minimizing government intervention and freeing market forces to create solutions. Sen. John Kerry (D, Mass.) has placed more emphasis on using government resources to reduce barriers to health care for the poorest Americans
9/30/04 Department of Defense aids electronic health records system initiative Making electronic record-keeping part of the public health care system would improve medical care and save money, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson noted here today at the HHS-sponsored Secretarial Summit on Health Information Technology.
9/28/04 Federal Agencies Award $1.4 Million to Patient Safety Initiative in Massachusetts SAFE Health Info receives funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to improve health care delivery
9/24/04 Tommy says consumer awareness key to controlling health costs Speaking at the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce annual dinner, the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary laid out what he described as a “market-driven plan” to control costs and deliver better care.
9/03/04 Broadband and R&D tax credits key goals for US Republicans “Widely available broadband, electronic health records and increased government spending on research and development (R&D) are among the technology-related goals in the US Republican Party’s 2004 manifesto, released this week.”
9/01/04 GOP platform: Broadband and R&D tax credits An article in ComputerWorld: “The platform also calls for most U.S. residents to have electronic health records within 10 years, saying e-records will reduce medical errors. “
8/23/04 Here’s to Your (Electronic) Health “The potential benefits of the system are enormous. Estimates of financial savings resulting from streamlined health care administration and the elimination of redundant care range as high as nearly half a trillion dollars a year.”
8/23/04 Medical Records May Go Online Health industry, tech firms, government agencies might collaborate to build a secure database of patient records.
8/17/04 HHS spends $228M on IT programs Article about the GAO: “A preliminary accounting of efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services shows that the agency has about 19 major health information technology initiatives, totaling about $228 million.”
7/26/04 HHS Sets Plan for Adoption of Electronic Medical Records Claims technology will save money, but upfront IT costs likely will be steep “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week unveiled a 10-year plan to create a new health information infrastructure that will include electronic health records for all Americans and a nationwide network that doctors could use to access those patient EHRs.”
7/23/04 Medical records set for transition The federal government is trying to do for health-care records what it did for the early, national train system: Provide a common standard to keep business on track.
7/22/04 US pushes digital medical records Article in discussing Secretary Thomson’s July 21st announcement in which he launches a ‘Decade of Health Information Technology: “Medical records, a last bastion of paper and pen, may be dragged into the electronic age under a new strategy outlined by the US government yesterday.”
7/20/04 Report to promote e-records for health care Article in USA Today: “In the next couple of years, we will see electronic health records.” … “A panel of industry executives, to be appointed soon by Thompson, will review whether government low-interest loans and grants might be made available.”
6/21/04 Experts: U.S. needs e-health record standard From FCW: “The Center for Health Transformation (CHT), a membership group founded by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich … infrastructure is needed in transforming the system. … Seventy-seven percent of the participants at the CHT summit said patient safety is driving the need to adopt electronic health records”
5/13/04 Medical paper-pushers resist opportunity to improve care Editorial in USA Today discussing physician reluctance to embrace EMRs and government incentives to do so.
2/09/04 Government pushes for electronic medical record standards Article in American Medical News: “Momentum is building for federal legislation to promote universal adoption of electronic medical records by developing standards for the software and incentives for its use.”
9/08/03 What is an EMR? Health leaders come up with a definition Article in American Medical News discussing the Institute of Medicine’s July 31st 2003 analysis of EHRs in which they identified 8 core functionalities of an EHR. Please see for the original IOM letter report.
8/04/03 HHS takes steps to make EMRs less complicated to use Article in American Medical News (a publication of the AMA) discussing 2 new initiatives by the Federal Government’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).