Sunday, November 29, 2009

Free PQRI Software from DOCSITE® and MSSNY

The Medical Society of the State of New York is happy to announce that it has qualified to receive seventy-five (75) free licenses of PQRI web-based software from DocSite® to distribute to our membership on a ‘first-come, first-served basis. The offer is available to all physician members but the following conditions are preferred and will be given a higher consideration: practices that are independent, small, rural and primary care.

In order to be eligible, you must also have a high speed internet connection; agree to participate by submitting a signed letter of attestation; submit 2009 data by 01/31/2010; agree to report your experiences over the coming months with the process including barriers or challenges; and report your successful completion in meeting the goals set forth by the reporting option you have selected.

Please visit and click on the PQRI Participation Letter link to download the letter. The letter must be completed and sent back to MSSNY per the instructions indicated. If you have any questions, please click on the DocSite PQRI FAQs-2009 link for Frequently Asked Questions about the program. All remaining questions should be directed to Ron Pucherelli, HIT Project Administrator at 518-465-8085 or to

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Guest Posting is now available

Got the urge to blog and promote your latest innovation to the delivery to healthcare or to mobile computing?

Let us know.
We have several specialized sites that have a strong following:

Android Phone Blog
Blackberry Medicine Blog
EHR PHR Patient Portal PCMH Blog
iPhone Medicine Blog
Smartphone Medical Blog

Submissions may be between 150 and 250 words. No more than three pictures.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

HHS Announces Plans to Make $80 Million Available to Support Health IT Workforce

Grants Will Support Community College Training Programs, Curriculum Development, Additional Programs to be Announced in Coming Weeks

Dr. David Blumenthal, HHS’ National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, today announced plans to make available $80 million in grants to help develop and strengthen the health information technology workforce. The grants that will be made available include $70 million for community college training programs and $10 million to develop educational materials to support these programs. Both programs will support the immediate need for skilled health information technology (health IT) professionals who will enable the broad adoption and use of health IT throughout the United States.

Any U.S. non-profit institution of higher learning currently engaged in providing training in health IT that is interested in drafting curriculum or establishing a consortium that includes community colleges may apply for the grants. Information about grant applications will be available shortly at