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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Researchers Develop Implantable, Disposable Health Technology

September 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here today, gone tomorrow. That’s what a group of scientists say they have achieved in developing tiny silicon electronics that can dissolve and be absorbed harmlessly into the body after serving a short-term medical purpose. The scientists’ report, published online this week by the journal Science, raises the specter of...

Accountable Care Organizations Ramp Up Health IT Spending

September 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New accountable care organizations expect to collectively spend $500 million on health IT in their first year, a new market research survey finds. Smaller accountable care organizations estimate that they will spend more than $1 million each for new health IT systems, while larger ACOs anticipate spending up to $4...

Electronic Orders Impede Hospitals' Attainment of Meaningful Use

September 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the first year of the federal electronic health record incentive program, the biggest barriers to achieving meaningful use were problems with computerized provider order entry elements of EHRs, a new study finds. The study, “Overcoming challenges to achieving meaningful use: Insights from hospitals that successfully received Centers for Medicare...

Hospitals Question Health Data Reporting Standards

September 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hospitals want to have a say in the automated quality reporting of electronic health records in order to ensure that they are “feasible, generate valid and reliable results, and have benefits that outweigh the costs,” the American Hospital Association said in a letter to the Agency for Healthcare Research and...

Kansas Health Information Exchange Calls It a Day

September 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Kansas Health Information Exchange is dissolving itself and turning over operations to the state, pending approval by the state legislature. The move will cut nearly $350,000 from the quasi-public exchange’s annual $400,000 operating budget, according to a report by the Kansas Health Institute. A federal grant funding exchange operations...

Canadian Researchers Allegedly Misuse Personal Health Data

September 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An investigation into the alleged misuse of personal health information in university medical research has led to the firing of five employees of the British Columbia Ministry of Health and the suspension of two others, according to news reports. Medical research conducted at the University of British Columbia and the...

Feds expect to shell out $20 billion for electronic health records

September 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twenty billion dollars. That’s how much the government estimates it will dole out in incentives to health-care providers before the penalty phase kicks in for those who fail to adopt electronic health records. So says Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health IT, according to report published today by...

Gaming Health IT Security Systems

September 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Protecting patient privacy and security is no game, but learning about it can be. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT unveiled a new video game to help train medical personnel about privacy and security risks and responsibilities as they begin using health IT systems, reported Tuesday....

Data Exchange to Rely on Voluntary Efforts

September 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is giving up on setting formal rules for exchanging data through the Nationwide Health Information Network, ceding to voluntary efforts already in process. After opening the proposal for public comment this summer, the office heard repeatedly that “the very act of...

Hospitals in Tech-Rich Regions Have Lower IT Costs

September 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Being located away from an “IT-intensive” market can add as much as 4 percent to the long-term costs of electronic health record implementation, university researchers found. A study of 4,231 hospitals by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management found that hospitals in areas with few IT firms saw costs rise...

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