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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Health IT Centers of the Country: Unite!

June 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The 62 regional extension centers created by the federal government to help small medical practices evaluate and adopt electronic health records have united to form a national association to advocate for the continued support of health IT. The Association of Regional Centers for Health Information Technology, or ARCH-IT, represents the...

ONC Certifies New Health IT Products

June 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An update to the Certified Health IT Product List will be released Tuesday morning, giving electronic health record users information about the latest products certified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. ONC says in an emailed statement that the most notable change allows eligible professionals using...

EHR Adoption Rate Exceeds Expectations

June 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal Department of Health and Human Resources reached its year-end goal for meaningful use of electronic health records seven months early, HHS officials said this week. Three months ago, the heads of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT...

NIH Makes a Deal With Dell

June 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Dell computer company two IT contracts that could be worth more than $20 billion over 10 years. The larger of the two awards designates the Texas-based computer company to provide IT support to the federal health architecture, the federal enterprise architecture and...

AARP's Baby: Health IT for Seniors

June 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow AARP launched an online tool this month for managing personal health information and selectively sharing the data with health care providers and others. AARP Health Record is free to AARP members. Users can use the security-enhanced services to record information such as blood type and drug allergies, personal and family...

HHS Taps New Chief Technology Officer

June 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The next chief technology officer for the Health and Human Services Department will be Bryan Sivak, the state of Maryland’s chief innovation officer. Sivak served as the state’s innovation chief for just over a year. Before that, he had been CTO for the District of Columbia, according to his LinkedIn...

Angels in the Crowd, Angels in the Cloud

June 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Emerging health IT companies soon will have another avenue for raising capital--a crowdfunding website called MedStartr. On, companies will post videos explaining their business and product to potential angel and venture investors, according to an article published Tuesday by Alex Fair, who heads New York’s Health 2.0 chapter,...

Health Systems Create Virtual Diabetes Registry

June 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Eleven integrated health-care systems used electronic health records data to compile the largest private-sector diabetes registry in the country, according to a study published June 7 in the Centers for Disease Control’s Preventing Chronic Disease. The health care systems compiled the registry, a virtual data warehouse, by extracting information from...

Agriculture Department Cultivates Rural Health IT

June 8, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced another round of funding earlier this week to develop telemedicine networks across rural America. In a June 6 announcement, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the department would offer $14 million in rural-development financing for 32 telemedicine projects, 19 distance-learning projects and one combined project,...

Health IT Is Driving Healthcare Consolidation

June 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The cost and time involved in adopting electronic health records is playing a key role in physicians deciding to sell their medical practices to hospital systems, says the editor of Healthcare Technology Online. The shift away from physician-owned practices to hospital-owned practices eventually will force changes in the EHR market,...

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