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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IT Procurement, Happily Ever After

April 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If Aesop were writing today, he might spin a cautionary tale about the selection of electronic health records. The moral? A proprietary system that looks like a golden goose may turn out to be a costly pile of sour grapes. Or something like that. Some smart guys at Harvard are...

The Weakest Health IT Link, Inc.

April 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A major failing of the government's plan to digitize paper medical records, assert some privacy advocates, is that you just can't trust pointy headed bureaucrats to keep that information safe. That sentiment isn't unfounded, says a CMS official, but it is misplaced. Rather, private companies that seek to establish electronic...

Head to Toe, Health IT Exposed

April 5, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For gearheads and policy wonks who quiver at the mention of health IT (and you know who you are), your "swimsuit issue" hits stands today. The entire issue of Health Affairs magazine is devoted to ... wait for it ... glistening full-body coverage of the "benefits and limitations of electronic...

Stethoscope, Thermometer, iPad

April 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Early adopters who forgot to preorder an iPad are lining up to get their nerdy mitts on Apple's latest device, which goes on sale on Saturday. We don't expect to see many white coats or stethoscopes in the queue, but mass adoption of the iPad by the medical community could...

IT Workforce Adequate, Possibly

April 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It is inevitable that the massive undertaking to digitize and electronically exchange the country's health care data will result in a near-term shortage of health IT workers, right? That's the conventional wisdom. But David Blumenthal, the Obama administration's national coordinator for health IT, takes a more sanguine view--sort of. "Well,...

Madison Ave. to Gild Health IT

March 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health & Human Services Department has enlisted a private public relations firm to persuade Americans that health information technology systems will protect their personal health information. The contract will pay Ketchum $26 million to devise the public education campaign, reports Government Health IT. The award acknowledges that the transition...

Big Brother Eyes Health Records?

March 26, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The use of scare tactics to undermine health reform continues. Fox News suggested this week that efforts to expand the use of electronic medical records raise concerns "about government access to Americans' medical history ... and what the government will do once it has access to Americans' medical history." Adhering...

Health Reform and Health IT

March 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Making law is often compared to making sausage, but the crafting of health care reform that unfolded over the past year more resembled the intractable twisting and turning of a taffy puller. If nothing else, the epic process provided a ready-made excuse for reluctant readers: Why peruse today a bill...

NIST Releases Testing Protocol

March 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Seeking to ensure that the nation's burgeoning health IT infrastructure lives up to expectations, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has released the first phase of "a new health IT test method and related software." Three additional installments are to follow. The suite of software tools is being developed...

Wanted: Health IT Workers

March 19, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At a time when the national unemployment rate hovers above 10 percent, the health IT sector has more shovel-ready jobs in the pipe than there are qualified high-tech shovelers. Eager to close a projected shortfall of 51,000 health IT workers over the next five years, the federal government has created...

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