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26 Comments

  1. Michael says:

    Have the recent changes in FTC regulation online changed the way the Health Info Technology does business? Do you required any additional disclaimers?

    Thank you,
    Michael

  2. Centralized EHR will certainly lead to cost containment and probable decreased costs within the system. Take back pain and disc disorders for instance, there is so much waste in the system. Patients are still routinely sent for tests and images they do not need, and they are costly. Many times the outcome of the test doesn’t change the treatment protocols anyway. Big waste in back pain treatments, particularly when you see how conservative care is at least as good in outcome, usually better, and is way cheaper. Welcome changes needed.

  3. Proxy says:

    According to your privacy policy HHS collects IP addresses as a standard part of your analytics. What other organizations does HHS share the analytics data with? Is this information shared with other state or federally run websites?

  4. Ed Bujold,MD says:

    I have just downloaded Allscripts 9.2 version of their Allscripts Professional software in my office. This certifies my office for meaningful use. As we started looking at the meaningful use criteria to be loaded to the CMS web site to qualify for the stimulus money (approximately $45,000), it was ironic to me the federal government continues to speak about paper being “bad” and electronic being “good” but we have to load all of our data manually on the CMS site. The technology is there through an excel spread sheet to upload all of this data electronically. Small offices like mine (one physician and two mid-level providers) don’t have a full time dedicated IT person who works in our office. Loading data manually is a burden we shouldn’t have to bear considering this can all be done electronically. We participate in NCQA quality initiatives (diabetes center of excellence and PCMH) and they have the same requirements as you do. We have contracted with a company in Dallas called CINA and they are a certified Medicare provider for PQRI and eprescribing data pulls. Their software overlays our software and automatically pulls data for these initiatives for a small fee (which I gladly pay) and we receive our checks in the mail and we haven’t devoted one minute of our time to upload data to Medicare. Models are out there to do this. Why aren’t you using them?

  5. kamar says:

    I like the idea of reducing the costs in our health care system
    health

  6. kamar says:

    I Like the latest on health technology system People become serious about health only when the problems become extremely serious. Prevention is an utmost priority and a strict medication is necessary for a better life.
    health

  7. scarlett says:

    No doubt there are various ideas but i like this idea of reducing the costs in our health care system.

  8. IAS says:

    To encourage meaningful use of EHRs, the Federal government will give bonus payments to doctors and hospitals that meaningfully use EHRs to improve the quality of care, reduce medical errors, and improve efficiency.

  9. I think you explain the whole situation very well.I have no point to raise in against of what you have said.

    Carl Balog

  10. Mike M. says:

    Most respected websites have these comment policies. And every visitors should follow the rules and guidelines when using the site. Anyway, is Health IT already works on all cities is US? I’m from Detroit and I’ve heard that Health IT isn’t available yet here. I’m not sure if it’s true or what. Can you confirm if it’s already available here in Detroit?

    Regards,

    Mike

  11. have just downloaded Allscripts 9.2 version of their Allscripts Professional software in my office. This certifies my office for meaningful use. As we started looking at the meaningful use criteria to be loaded to the CMS web site to qualify for the stimulus money (approximately $45,000), it was ironic to me the federal government continues to speak about paper being “bad” and electronic being “good” but we have to load all of our data manually on the CMS site. The technology is there through an excel spread sheet to upload all of this data electronically. Small offices like mine (one physician and two mid-level providers) don’t have a full time dedicated IT person who works in our office. Loading data manually is a burden we

  12. Amy Rice says:

    In your Privacy Policy, I saw that HHS collects IPs. Are these IPs shared with anyone else?

    • ONC Blog Team says:

      As stated in the HHS Privacy Policy Notice at http://www.hhs.gov/privacy.html

      “We use this information to improve our website and provide a better user experience for our visitors. We use a tool, Google Analytics, to collect and aggregate this information. This information is available only to web managers and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties. It is retained only for as long as needed for proper analysis.”

  13. Lisa Jackson says:

    Really helpful ideas to decrease the cost of health care system.

  14. Alexis says:

    Any ideas to reduce the costs of the health system is good. Preventative health measures in place will help with cost reduction.

  15. Health IT has the potential to play a HUGE role in improving clinical outcomes while reducing costs. I see implementation as one of the key issues. I look forward to reading this blog and learning how health IT can be used to make healthcare more effective and efficient.

  16. Allan McAvoy says:

    Really good ideas to decrease the cost of health care system. Very interesting.

  17. Good idea to reducing the cost of healthsystem. its really nice and informative blog. thanks for sharing with us.

  18. hansaekiller says:

    I like your ideas about reducing costs in the health care system is too good

  19. Andrew says:

    To me, probably the only real long term solution for quality healthcare at low cost is to get back as close to nature as possible.

    I’m not saying not to use modern technology but rather the use it in a way whereby we can still maintain the necessary balance in life.

    Proof that this works… just my own life and experience.

  20. Early prevention of physical health, can avoid some big problems, so that health care resources can effectively maximize help to more people.

  21. I think its a great idea about reducing the costs in health care system, It will help a lot for cost reduction. Thanks for sharing.

  22. I think the idea is good… It is reducing the costing, probably it will help in economy. Personally think for that reason health care system will get better treatment.

  23. Barik says:

    I want to apply your idea in my health service. Thank you for sharing to me.

  24. Babe clinic says:

    Hi, thanks for your site. Reducing costs in health care system is really important, and we all have to work on it.

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