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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Shining a Light on Health IT

May 5, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Communities large and small -- rom San Diego, New Orleans and Indianapolis to Stoneville, Miss. and Brewer, Maine -- are among 15 named this week as models for advancing the use of health information technology. Vice President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the winners,...

Are Digital Records Losing Steam?

May 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Arm twisting by powerful health care lobbies stands a good chance of persuading the Obama administration to relax its ambitious timetable for digitizing the country's medical records. Dr. David Brailer, a former national coordinator for health information technology, predicts that special interests "will probably" succeed in slowing down the switch...

A List of Top Docs

April 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Keeping up with health IT policy these days is akin to solving a crossword puzzle while skydiving through a cloud of volcanic dust. It's just that easy. Enter Brian Eastwood, site editor at Eager to bring a measure of clarity to the health IT muddle, Eastwood has compiled a...

Two Bits, Four Bits, Six Bits, A Dollar

April 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To be or not to be a meaningful user of electronic health records? That is the question that has many doctors scratching their heads, says David Blumenthal, whose job as national coordinator for health information technology includes whipping up physicians' enthusiasm for IT. To that end, he pulls out many...

Dirt Roads and the Digital Divide

April 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rural areas of the country that have some of the highest rates of chronic disease are far less likely than urban areas to benefit from health information technology. It's not just a dearth of electronic health records. In many cases, rural health care providers don't have access to reliable broadband....

VA to Cure Healthy IT Budgets

April 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite having what is arguably the most successful, large-scale health IT program in the world, the Veteran Affairs Department is under pressure to trim its budget for information technology programs. Of the department's 280 IT programs, two-thirds are in limbo, the result of a spending freeze ordered by the department's...

Giving Health IT a Hard Look

April 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More robust oversight of health IT and better reporting of errors are needed to ensure patient safety as the country's health care providers adopt electronic health records, concluded a draft report, released today, of an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology policy workgroup. The Adoption-Certification Workgroup of...

A Pattern of Better Health Care

April 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The potential of health IT to improve patients' outcomes is undermined by information systems that "are not designed to collect data to support quality improvement as the primary purpose," says a report released this week by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Improving outcomes requires the ability to discern...

Health Care Data Gets Personal

April 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The California HealthCare Foundation yesterday released results of what it is calling a "ground-breaking study" of personal health records. Interestingly, the foundation emphasized findings that tend to fall in the "duh" category. The lead of the foundation's news release, for example, trumpets that "Americans who have access to their health...

Health IT + iPad = iSalvation

April 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow First there was tulip mania, circa 1637. More recently there were tech stock and real-estate bubbles. Now, enthusiasm for the iPad as a game-changing health IT device is swelling like the string section in a romantic movie score. The Washington Post business section did its part on Sunday to stoke...

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