NaviNet Admin on August 17, 2011

HIT news round up August 17, 2011

Summer is flying by-if you were lucky enough to get some time off from work, don't worry. We've got your back. Here is the big HIT news this week.

HIE News: Here's a quick state-by-state catch-up on HIE creation. New Hampshire recently passed legislation for a statewide HIE.

ePatients: The Office for the National Coordinator of HIT (ONC) is encouraging patient engagement through health IT with an outreach campaign. In it, ONC will highlight the benefits of mHealth apps, EHRs and PHRs.

EHRs: Mid-size and large physician practice usage of EHRs is increasing, according to research from SK&A.

More EHRs: The majority of physicians polled (64%) still list federal incentives as the driving factor behind EHR adoption. Those physicians who have yet to adopt an EHR are looking for one that is easy to use. And those that have implemented an EHR have largely reached their business goals of lower costs and improved patient service (80%) and improved staff efficiency (74%).

Health IT Jobs: The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that healthcare is currently leading the IT job market, with an estimated annual growth rate of 20% through 2018, which outpaces the industry average.

Government Health IT: The VA and Pentagon are creating an exchange to share electronic health records of military personnel.

eRx adoption: Predictably, urban emergency departments are adopting e-prescribing faster than rural emergency departments.

HIT Leaders: In case you missed it, Health Data Management provided a list of 16 HIT leaders to follow on Twitter. It's a great list, congrats to our friends and colleagues who were named.

There you have it! Make sure you get outside before the leaves start changing. To stay on top of health IT news, subscribe to our blog, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and join us on LinkedIn.

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