Special Report: Health IT Advancements

PopHealth, HHS ARRA Signal Pace of Health IT

Recent investments by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand health information exchanges, along with the rollout of open source software to improve healthcare decisions by measuring data from specific subsets of the population, underscore the accelerating pace of change within federal health IT today.

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Health IT Standards Continue to Develop

A new standards initiative formed in March will expand the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) to support a wider audience of participants who want to use simple, standards-based, widely deployed and supported methods for securely transporting health information.

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SSA Speeds the Processing of Eligibility Claims

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will processes disability claims for more than 3.3 million people this year, up 27 percent, or about 700,000 more applications than in 2008, and agency officials report it will also boost the number of healthcare records transmitted electronically to aid in faster decision-making.

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Technology Will Lead Healthcare’s Transformation

Technology will likely lead the charge in modernizing healthcare services, by driving costs down and creating countless efficiencies.

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