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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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More Cash for Rural Hospitals

January 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rural and critical-access hospitals have until Tuesday to apply for a 50 percent boost in federal financial assistance for getting electronic health records (EHRs) up and running. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is making available another $12.2 million in federal money to help with...

National Coordinator Sets Rules

January 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The nation's health IT regulatory office issued its final rule Monday creating a permanent certification program for electronic health record technology, but implementing the change will take some time. A temporary certification program issued last spring remains in effect for the rest of the year while the kinks are worked...

Cash-Back Program Takes Names

January 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ready, set, register: It's time for health care providers to begin signing up for federal Medicare incentive payments for qualifying electronic health records. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the Health and Human Services Department, opened online registration Monday. Providers demonstrating "meaningful use" of EHRs can receive...

CMS Delivers 10-Year Plan

January 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has outlined plans for updating its computer and data systems to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordability Act. The agency projects that it will complete the overhaul in five- and 10-year increments, with "usable functionality" delivered every six months. CMS released the...

Get Fit With Facebook

December 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Can text messages, Facebook and Internet-based programs help young adults manage their weight? The National Institutes of Health is ponying up $36 million over the next five years to find out. The NIH is seeking thousands of participants ages 18-35 for seven clinical trials combining behavioral weight management programs with...

Hospitals Forgo Intelligent Links

December 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Linking equipment such as vital-signs monitors with electronic health records can significantly reduce medical errors, but a recent report shows that most hospitals do not use or plan to use the so-called "intelligent medical devices." Most hospitals use equipment such as electrocardiographs, defibrillators and physiologic monitors, according to research by...

Taken to Task, HHS Falls in Line

December 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Four years after Congress directed the Health and Human Services Department to create a strategic plan for real-time electronic sharing of health information with public health authorities around the country, HHS is taking initial steps to carry out the directive. All it took was a public scolding by the Government...

U.S., Europe to Align e-Records

December 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. and European officials have agreed to develop common standards for electronic health records and for health IT training programs, a move that is expected to boost health IT markets on both sides of the Atlantic. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Neelie Kroes, vice president of the...

Custom EMRs Improve Efficiency

December 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One-size-fits-all might work for Snuggies, but electronic medical records must be sized to fit the health care workers who use them. That's the conclusion university researchers reached following a three-year study at six primary-care offices that implemented an EMR system. According to the University of California, Davis study, while some...

ONC Greases the Skids for EHRs

December 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is rolling out five new initiatives that it says will help to ease the country's transition to e-records. Feedback from the nation's 62 Regional Extension Centers was critical in developing the initiatives, said Mat Kendall, director of the Office of...