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
Mayo taps Watson for clinical matching September 08, 2014 | Mike Miliard, Managing Editor
Watson
'With shorter times from initiation to completion of trials, our research teams will have the capacity for deeper, more complete investigations'
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
Googler, tweeter land White House jobs September 05, 2014 | Tom Sullivan, Editor, Government Health IT
White House
Take on roles of chief technology officer and deputy CTO
After it was reported that U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park was leaving his post, immediate speculation was that a Googler and a Twitter attorney were in the running to succeed him. Turns out: President Obama hired both. More
Mapping a shared way forward for HIE September 04, 2014 | Mike Miliard, Managing Editor
Map and compass
How several emerging initiatives, working in concert, could have 'an even more powerful effect than meaningful use' for interoperability
In part two of his Healthcare IT News Q&A, Micky Tripathi lays out the ways interoperability can finally be brought to fruition in the U.S. over the coming decade. Hint: the federal government and the private sector each have big jobs to do. More
Today’s Headlines
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...
As the Affordable Care Act shifts the reimbursement landscape, hospitals are adjusting their recruiting...
Texas Health is hardly the only hospital or health network that struggles to convince the CEO, CFO or...
The 9th annual National Health IT Week kicked off in Washington, D.C., this week with some big names...
In a pointed letter sent to HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell on Monday, a who's-who of...
You might say the CIO and IT team at Harrisburg Medical Center are hands on. When it came to tackling...
This HIMSS infographic reflects changing attitudes about health IT over the 25 years that HIMSS has...
The challenge for the Carolinas Healthcare System was to reduce the readmission rate for patients with...
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has appointed Lana Moriarty to be the new head of...
 
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