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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HHS Reaches Exchange Milestone

March 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As of this week, the Health and Services Department has awarded funds for building health information exchanges, the nervous system of an advanced health IT system, to every state and eligible territory. Dr. David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health information technology at HHS, said the occasion marked a "significant milestone"...

The Amazing (Health IT) Race

March 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Yelling "fire" in a crowded theater is one way to start a riot. Yelling "free candy" at the concession stand is another. The chaos is just as disruptive. Hence the potential for the mother of all chocolate messes as health care providers stampede to gobble up billions of dollars in...

The Carrot is Mightier Than the Stick

March 11, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The coiners of maxims about relative strength -- the pen is mightier than the sword. Superman's more powerful than a locomotive. Love conquers all -- have long overlooked the humble carrot. A gargantuan Chernobylesque tuber could change that. The carrot in question is $20 billion of financial incentives that the...

When Blumenthal Saw the IT Light

March 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dr. David Blumenthal, chief evangelist in the crusade to move American health care into the electronic age, is a recovering Luddite. Like many doctors who continue to take a jaundiced view of electronic health records, Blumenthal for a time wandered the paper wilderness, reports Paul McCloskey for Government Health IT....

In Sync

July 12, 2006 Are you invigorated by institutional inertia? Does the specter of failure rev your engine? Do you take satisfaction in rousing the bureaucratic beast? If the answer is "yes," you might be a government change agent. And you are not alone. A new crop of visionary thinkers has emerged in government,...

In Sync

July 1, 2006 Connecting government's radical thinkers. Are you invigorated by institutional inertia? Does the specter of failure rev your engine? Do you take satisfaction in rousing the bureaucratic beast? If the answer is "yes," you might be a government change agent. And you are not alone. A new crop of visionary thinkers...

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