Where's the plan for interoperability? September 22, 2014 | John Loonsk, MD, CGI Federal
Frustrated doctor at laptop
Six reasons we will not have health IT interoperability without an architecture
It is a simple question: "Why doesn't electronic health information flow after the nation spent $26 billion on electronic health records?" Suggesting a 10-year timeframe or arguing that there is progress if you look hard enough just doesn't answer it. More
FTC green lights Cerner-Siemens deal September 19, 2014 | Erin McCann, Associate Editor
Green light
'Until we clear certain regulatory hurdles there's only so far in certain conversations we can go'
EHR giant Cerner is now one step closer to completing its pending acquisition of Siemens Health Services, after the Federal Trade Commission gave the go-ahead to an early termination of the deal's waiting period under antitrust laws. More
HIMSS goes to Congress, 'asks' in hand September 18, 2014 | Bernie Monegain, Editor
US Capitol
Delegates to meet with senators, reperesentatives, staffers to talk health IT
HIMSS delegates from states across the country are heading up to Capitol Hill Thursday with three "asks" for health IT. They've discussed in several private committee meetings how they would approach the lawmakers or -- in several cases -- the lawmakers' staffers. More
AMA presses for better EHRs September 17, 2014 | Bernie Monegain, Editor
AMA President-elect Steven J. Stack, MD
Calls for design overhaul to boost usability
The American Medical Association, which represents more than 200,000 members, says it's time to fix poorly designed EHRs so doctors can use them more effectively and better serve their patients. More
Patient story kicks off Health IT Week September 16, 2014 | Erin McCann, Associate Editor
Karen DeSalvo, MD and Michael Burgess
Patient engagement, interoperability among top themes
National Health IT Week kicked off this Monday in Washington, DC, with a litany of prepared speeches and big names in the health IT arena. Among the overarching themes? Interoperability and patient engagement. More
Sold: Cognizant buys TriZetto for $2.7B September 15, 2014 | Bernie Monegain, Editor
Francisco D'Souza
Cognizant CEO sees changes in healthcare as opportunity for growth
Outsourcing company Cognizant, which provides healthcare technology services to providers and payers, will buy health IT software company TriZetto for $2.7 billion in cash, with the intent to better position itself in the market and take advantage of changes taking place in the sector. More
Small hospital, big focus on Stage 2 September 12, 2014 | Bernie Monegain, Editor
Hospital hallway
'I know the measures very well. I get down into the details and make sure the reports are right.'
DuBois Regional Medical Center in DuBois, Pa. was first to attest to Stage 2 of meaningful use among a handful of hospitals that attested early. Though more hospitals have attested to date, the number could still be counted on a couple sets of hands. More
Cybersecurity cold war is on September 11, 2014 | Tom Sullivan, Editor, Government Health IT
Illustration of fists
'Cybersecurity activity is following the geopolitical landscape.'
With the war already underway, how can hospitals and networks prepare? Chief information security officers share insights about shifting toward more sophisticated information security tactics. More
New final EHR certification rule drops September 10, 2014 | Bernie Monegain, Editor
ONC says it's responding to stakeholder feedback
ONC and HHS issued a final rule today that they say will give EHR makers, health IT developers, providers and consumers more flexibility and clarity when it comes to 2014 Edition certification criteria. More
Hospitals wrongly claim EHR cash September 09, 2014 | Erin McCann, Associate Editor
Money and stethoscope
'A review would have shown that the incorrect cost report periods were used'
The Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services is the latest entity to face criticism over its handling of electronic health record incentive payments, after it was found to have overpaid hospitals $3.1 million in federal cash. More
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App developers, who say they are being left out of important mHealth privacy and security conversations...
The Healthcare IT News/HIMSS Media Privacy & Security Forum in Boston featured 47 speakers who...
Fewer than 25 percent of physicians say electronic health records have made them more efficient, and...
Just one day after a chorus of industry groups implored HHS to reconsider its burdensome Stage 2...
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SPOTLIGHT In case you missed it Here are some recent Healthcare IT News reports on industry issues.
Illustration of fists
With the war already underway, how can hospitals and networks prepare? Chief information security officers share insights about shifting toward more sophisticated information security tactics.More
It pays to be ready when it comes to HIPAA compliance audits.
When the Office for Civil Rights knocks on your door, asking about HIPAA compliance, it pays to be ready. And OCR is looking to audit ...More
The government's insurance marketplace was breached in July,
HealthCare.gov, the government's insurance enrollment website, was breached in July by a hacker or hackers, according to CMS officials at a briefing on Thursday. The ...More
Apple Watch
Apple is out with its latest, much-anticipated products, and taking a step into healthcare with a new iPhone-enabled watch. Will this be a big step ...More
Tablet and stethoscope
Apple is expected to launch HealthKit on Tuesday along with a new iPhone and a much anticipated wearable device, called iWatch. But while the company ...More
Watson
In their latest collaboration, Mayo Clinic will enlist IBM's Watson cognitive computing technology to help match patients more quickly with appropriate clinical trials.More
Doctor using touchscreen
After looking at all the possible options, Denver-based National Jewish Health decided to go in-house to develop its patient portal, and that's without a major ...More
ONC and HHS issued a final rule today that they say will give EHR makers, health IT developers, providers and consumers more flexibility and clarity ...More
Computers and code
PwC US announced on Friday it would put in a bid for the Department of Defense EHR contract, proposing an open source system. The PwC ...More