Is VNA the future of image delivery? April 24, 2014 | Rick Cook, Contributing Writer
Vendor-neutral archives for medical imaging
The definition of vendor-neutral archiving is 'definitely evolving'
As the volume and variety of medical images increases, providers are looking for better ways to store and access them. Vendor neutral archives are fast finding favor -- but in many respects the jury is still out on just what a VNA is and what it should offer. More
Stolen laptops mean $2M in mega fines April 23, 2014 | Mike Miliard, Managing Editor
Laptop with padlock
Will a drumbeat of costly settlements get the message through?
Serving notice that "covered entities and business associates must understand that mobile device security is their obligation," the HHS Office for Civil Rights has settled with two organizations for a combined $1,975,220 penalty after their unencrypted computers were stolen. More
Healthcare security stuck in Stone Age April 22, 2014 | Erin McCann, Associate Editor
New 2014 Verizon breach report shows industry is 'behind the curve' with security
Healthcare has a few things to do differently in the privacy and security arena -- one of them being: Start taking it seriously. This according to Verizon's annual breach report released today. Photo: Carol Smith, 2011 More
Cloud choice no longer 'pie in the sky' April 21, 2014 | John Andrews, Contributing Writer
Man pushing cloud computing button
The question today is not 'why cloud?' but 'how cloud?'
Seems like the sky is the limit for cloud computing, whether it is to replace servers, manage mobile apps or handle system recovery. Cloud vendors are constantly coming up with new ways to utilize a platform that seemed like little more than vapor five years ago. More
Some providers are more 'mature' April 18, 2014 | Mike Miliard, Managing Editor
Computers and code
HIMSS Analytics releases results of its DELTA Powered Analytics Assessment
Effective use of analytics is "not something you can buy from a vendor; it's an organizational and cultural value that has to grow and mature," said James E. Gaston, speaking Thursday at the Healthcare IT News/HIMSS Media Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington. More
Geisinger shows how data drives change April 17, 2014 | Mike Miliard, Managing Editor
Glenn Steele Jr., MD
'Attack cost or increase quality? If you reengineer, you may get a twofer.'
Geisinger Health System, the pioneering integrated care network, is "perfectly designed to do a huge number of experiments in both the provider and payer sides," said its Chief Executive Officer Glenn Steele Jr., MD, on Thursday. More
Where will HIT security be in 3 years? April 16, 2014 | Evan Schuman, Contributing Writer
Padlock on computer chip
There's good news and bad news
Security is a nightmare for all companies, but the very nature of healthcare makes it far worse. Are there ways to make security not merely viable, but even profitable? More
Tale of kickbacks in healthcare IT April 15, 2014 | Neil Versel, Contributing Writer
Charles Dedham, MD
What CareFusion, Charles Denham, MD and the NQF had to do with one another
Is it wrong to be skeptical about the integrity of quality measures in meaningful use, particularly in the wake of what one quality improvement expert called "patient safety's first scandal"? Those at the forefront of healthcare quality and patient safety movements say, "no," but also believe any problems have been contained. More
CISO: Heartbleed 'top of food chain' April 14, 2014 | Erin McCann, Associate Editor
A bug the industry will continue to 'stumble on for a little while'
When it comes to security threat severity, the Heartbleed bug doesn't miss a beat. That's according to Phil Lerner, chief information security officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who, on a scale from 1 to 10, ranks the bug a solid "high priority" at 7.5. More
Sebelius out after mess April 11, 2014 | Bernie Monegain, Editor
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigns after five years.
Obama to nominate White House budget chief Sylvia Burwell to take over
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seemed to have weathered the maelstrom surrounding the botched rollout of the government's health insurance exchanges back in October and come through the other side where more than 7 million people signed up for health insurance through the exchanges. But on Thursday, after five years at the HHS helm, Sebelius resigned. More

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Health information technology systems have made their way to the No. 1 patient safety concern for healthcare organizations, according to the findings of a new ECRI industry report. More
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Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and advocate for ACOs, will be stepping down from his position on May 16. The announcement came by... More
UMass Memorial Health Care is partnering with Minneapolis-based Luminat, which develops care planning tools, to create a platform that will integrate patients' end-of-life directives into their... More
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Executives and doctors at conference table
Expectations are high and getting higher for today's healthcare CIO, who continues to be deluged with "do-it-now" projects at a time when, more than ever ...More
Healthcare leaders worried about ICD-10 delay.
It took the Senate nearly five hours Mar. 31 to debate and approve a bill that would temporarily fix the SGR and also delay ICD-10 ...More
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigns after five years.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seemed to have weathered the maelstrom surrounding the botched rollout of the government's health insurance exchanges back in October and come ...More
Data sheets
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Boston Children's Hospital
Boston has long proven itself a mecca for healthcare innovation, a hub of some of the best minds and most prestigious hospitals in the nation. ...More
Tablet and stethoscope
A widely anticipated report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other agencies may finally clear the air on how healthcare IT -- and ...More
Kaiser Permanente
Some 5,100 Kaiser Permanente patients were sent HIPAA breach notification letters after a KP research computer was found to have been infected with malicious software. ...More
Analytical graph
With apologies to Internet meme-makers everywhere, analytics experts have a message for healthcare providers trying to get their heads around business and clinical intelligence: "Big ...More
Patrick Soon-Shiong
The brainchild of medical researcher, professor and self-made billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, NantHealth is aimed at solving the interoperability crisis and connecting the industry in the ...More