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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FDA & FCC, RU Health IT BFFs? OMG!

July 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You've heard of sex, drugs and rock and roll. How about food, drugs and communication? That's the upshot of the first-ever partnership between the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Communications Commission, which convened this week for a two-day summit in Washington, D.C. The goal is to promote innovation...

V.C. Firms Bullish On Health IT

July 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Investments in health IT by venture capital firms surged in the second quarter. Information Week reports "new figures from Dow Jones VentureSource show that venture capital investors poured $157 million into U.S. based medical software and information services companies in the second quarter of 2010 compared with $82 million during...

In This Race, Bet On The Terp To Win

July 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Each day brings fresh evidence that the transition from paper medical files to electronic medical records has reached a tipping point. Earlier this week, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley convened a meeting of policy and industry leaders to consider the future of health IT and to outline a plan for moving...

"America's Top Docs" Gets IT

July 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You can almost hear the squeal of tires and smell the burning rubber. In the week since the Health and Human Services Department released final rules governing meaningful use of electronic health records, the rollout of health IT has jumped the gate and begun to gain traction: Castle Connolly Medical,...

Show Them the Money

July 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Final rules governing the adoption of electronic medical records, released this week by the Health and Human Services Department, significantly softened proposed requirements floated earlier this year. The draft regulations generated some 2,000 comments, yet modification of the rules was largely a concession to large special-interest groups, notably the American...

Off and Running

July 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The release this week by HHS of final rules for the meaningful use of electronic health records is akin to the pop of a starting gun at the outset of a five-year marathon. Well down the road, at the finish line, is the promise of a transformed health care sector...

HHS Sustains Paper Cuts

July 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government this week acknowledged critics who accused it of being overzealous in pushing to replace paper medical files with electronic medical records. On Tuesday the Health and Human Services Department announced that it would be easier for doctors and hospitals to qualify for incentive funds--as much as $27...

Mental Health Lobby Wants EHRs

July 2, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mental health advocates are seeking support on Capitol Hill for a bill that would make mental health providers eligible for billions of dollars in incentives set aside to spur adoption of electronic health records. The bill would give mental health providers access to federal grants and incentives available to other...

Meaningful Use Vexes CIOs

July 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Eight of 10 hospitals' chief information officers are concerned or very concerned about their ability to meet meaningful use standards for electronic health records on the timetable set by the federal government. The pessimism of CIOs is among the findings of a new survey released this week by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The...

Health IT Forecast: Cloudless

June 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hindered by cultural bias and distrust, the health care sector's adoption of cloud computing is probably a decade away, experts say. That was the conclusion drawn by IT experts who gathered last week at Harvard Medical School for the Mass High Tech Emerging Technology Forum: Health IT and the Cloud....

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