John Pulley

John Pulley has written the Health IT Update blog since May 2011. Prior to becoming a regular contributor to Nextgov, he covered technology for Federal Computer Week and Government Health IT magazines. He has written about government for Federal Times and Air Force Times, as well. Pulley has worked in journalism for more than 20 years. He began his career covering local government for regional newspapers. In addition, he served as a writer and senior editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education for seven years. In 2006, he founded The Pulley Group, an editorial services agency.
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CDC Embraces Health IT

October 29, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is enlarging its health information technology footprint. The agency is taking on "a big role in enabling data exchange between the health care world and immunization registries, around bio surveillance and with electronic lab data exchanges for clinics and public health organizations," reported...

Electronic Records Cut Cardiac Risk

October 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An intensive disease management program that leverages health information technology can reduce the risk of death in patients with heart disease and lower health care costs, a new study finds. Kaiser Permanente Colorado enrolled 628 people in its Kaiser Permanente Collaborative Cardiac Care Service, a population disease management program. A...

AMA Gets Into Health IT

October 26, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The American Medical Association is getting into the health IT business. The association is testing a new on-line portal that will serve as a virtual marketplace for buyers and sellers of electronic health records and practice management applications, reports Modern Healthcare. The venture, called Amagine, will charge health IT vendors...

Health App Disparities Persist

October 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow People who use mobile phones to look up medical information or to run applications for managing their health tend to be younger, browner, city dwellers. The "Mobile Health 2010" report, a project of the Pew Research Center, found that: 17% of cell phone owners use the devices to look up...

Blumenthal: Don't Dis Minorities

October 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government's point man on health IT this week urged vendors not to create a new "digital divide" by overlooking health care providers in minority communities. "Electronic health records possess the ability to help improve both the quality and efficiency of medical care accessible by minorities," Dr. David Blumenthal,...

E-Records Capture Drug Reactions

October 19, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Electronic health records could dramatically improve physicians' reporting of serious adverse side effects experienced by patients taking prescription drugs, suggests a recent study. The Food and Drug Administration requires reporting of such events, yet in a five-month period in 2007 and 2008, a group of 26 doctors in a study...

Smoothing EHR Implementation

October 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Electronic health records may be all about technology, but people are the key to successful EHR implementation. Botch the "change management" (consultant speak for end user acceptance) and you're doomed. Tony Ryzinski, senior vice president for marketing at Sage Healthcare, offers 14 suggestions for successfully integrating EHRs into your healthcare...

Patients Want Access to e-Records

October 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The vast majority of Americans have never asked a doctor to provide them with personal health information or medical records in an electronic format, yet 70 percent of people responding to a new survey said it's important for doctors and hospitals to provide them with electronic copies of that information....

Techie Gap or EHR Abyss?

October 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health care IT executives are worried that they won't be able to implement electronic health records because of the looming shortage of qualified IT staff, according to a new survey of health care chief information officers. More than half of 182 CIOs who responded to the survey by the College...

Health IT Hits the Big Leagues

October 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The year 2010 was, for Major League Baseball, the year of the pitcher. Clinching that characterization was Roy Halladay, a right-hander with the Philadelphia Phillies, who followed up a perfect game during the regular season with a no-hitter in the playoffs, the second in Major League Baseball history. Off the...

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