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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Health IT: Unwired, Unadopted

September 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Providers and consumers of health care are eager to use mobile devices that deliver improved efficiencies and outcomes, yet a number of factors -- from hospitals' inadequate bandwidth to misaligned payment incentives -- are slowing adoption. A new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, "Healthcare Unwired," finds significant support for the new technologies...

Health IT Skirts Care Management

September 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The impending large-scale deployment of health information technology seeks to dramatically improve health care, yet those technologies frequently fail to integrate care management systems that can dramatically influence efficiencies and clinical outcomes, according to results of a new survey. The "2010 Health Information Technology Survey: How Technology Is Changing the...

Pushing the Paper Envelope

September 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the country's most technologically advanced hospitals is outsourcing part of its health IT function to a technology-support consultancy. Accenture, the world's largest consulting firm, has announced a seven-year contract with Stanford Hospital & Clinics that seeks "to improve patient care and operational efficiency." A goal of the "connected...

Branding Health IT. Ouch!

September 3, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Quick, what is the first image that comes to mind when you think about team work, as in "health IT is a team effort -- one that requires different players working together toward the common goals of increased coordination, quality, safety and efficiency in our health care system?" Do you...

Barack Obama Hates Fat People

September 2, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even if you've followed closely the government's plan to move the country's health care system from paper to electronic medical records, you may have missed a heretofore hidden provision that will allow pointy-headed bureaucrats to track the Body Mass Index of God-fearing, corn-dog loving citizens and, when necessary, ration the...

Pandemic: Health IT Goes Viral

August 31, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Spending on health IT systems at the state and local level will surge almost 20 percent over the next five years, a trickle compared to the 20 percent annual growth rate forecast for the health care IT market in China. The market research firm INPUT projects that the domestic health...

Doctors cry, 'Enough!'

August 26, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow IT wonks, in their perpetual quest to protect computerized data, favor ever-more-complicated user passwords. Doctors are crying, "Enough!" Nine out of 10 physicians polled in a new study said passwords and the length of time it takes to access electronic health records "negatively impact" job satisfaction. A full 60 percent...

Peer Review: Docs Share EHR Tales

August 25, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The best lessons learned are those you don't have to learn yourself. That seems to be the idea behind a free, downloadable guide incorporating the experience of about 170 health IT professionals who have already implemented electronic health records in their organizations. "The CIO's Guide to Implementing EHRs in the...

Testing, Testing ... EHR ... 1, 2, 3

August 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The inexorable march toward the future of health care--one that is digitized, codified and interconnected--has passed another milestone. The National Institute of Standards and Technology last week published a set of approved procedures "for testing information technology systems that work with electronic health records," according to a NIST new release....

Governator: 'Hasta la Vista, Paper.'

August 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated the launch this week of an ambitious "telehealth" system that will use a dedicated broadband network to link hospitals and clinics throughout the country's most populous state. The California Telehealth Network went live on Tuesday, connecting its first two remote sites: Oroville Hospital north of...

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