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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Easier Data Exchange Aids Mental Health Workers

September 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Direct secure messaging has transformed the way a Chicago community mental-health services provider cares for patients, according to a case study highlighted in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s Health IT Buzz blog. Direct secure messaging, part of the Direct Project, allows a one-way “push” of information...

Nearly 30 percent of docs say EHRs negatively affect care

September 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The impact of an electronic health record appears to be in the eye of the beholder -- or the physician trying to use it. In its “EHR Report 2012: Physicians Rank Top EHRs,” Medscape found that while 36 percent said their EHRs had a positive impact on doctor-patient relations, 30...

Stage 2 Rules Affect Mobile Health

August 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology related to mobile health applications gets more attention in the final rules regarding Stage 2 requirements for achieving meaningful use of electronic health records. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released their final Stage 2 rules last...

State And Local Health IT Spending to Grow, Report Says

August 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Development of state health insurance exchanges and new quality-based care systems for Medicaid will help drive a $2.7 billion increase in IT spending by state and local health and human services agencies over the next five years, according to a new market report. IT spending by these agencies will increase...

HHS Delays Adoption of ICD-10 Codes

August 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday finalized a one-year delay for compliance with diagnosis and procedures codes known as ICD-10. The new deadline is Oct. 1, 2014. Medical providers and insurers had requested more time to implement the complex codification known as the International Classification of Diseases,...

New 'Meaningful Use' Rules Are Out for E-Health Record Incentives

August 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Stage 2 meaningful use rules for electronic health record incentives are out, released Thursday afternoon by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The CMS rule and the ONC standards and certification criteria let health-care providers know what’s expected of...

Aspiring Filmmakers, Health IT Needs You

August 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wanted: Talented filmmakers to make engaging, fun and informative videos about health IT and medication management. That’s the call from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in its Managing Meds Video Challenge. First prize is $3,000. Second- and third-place winners also win cash, as do two honorable...

Coast Guard Seeks Mobile Interface for Health Data

August 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Coast Guard wants to be able to allow authorized health-care providers to securely view electronic health records on smart phones and tablets. In a March Request for Proposal updated last week, the service said the interface must use commercial, off-the-shelf items and incorporate a secure mobile solution providing wireless...

FDA Looks for Data-Mining Tool to Spot Adverse Drug Reactions

August 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Food and Drug Administration is giving contractors an extra week to submit proposals for helping the agency develop national and international medical device registries. The FDA has a dozen device registries, but its request for proposal notes that impracticality of developing new registries as the types of register-eligible medical...

Jailed man narrowly escapes fatal error in electronic health record

August 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In one of a series of alleged errors by a county jail’s new electronic health record system, the EHR recommended what could have been a fatal dose of medication for a heart patient, the jail’s nurses said this week. A nurse in the Contra Costa jail who is familiar with...

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