Hospitals begin to untangle BYOD knots September 23, 2014 | Tom Sullivan, Editor, Government Health IT
Knotted ropes
'“You’re forced to consider different options and models based on new and emerging technology.'
"Just by having an app on your device, (a cybercriminal) can determine your call history, take your contact list info, if they choose to." That's how vulnerable smartphones, tablets and their mobile ilk actually are, Jim Routh said, and it's not just the devices that chief information security officers like him have to worry about. More
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
Today’s Headlines
The HHS Office of the Inspector General found one "critical vulnerability" in the security of...
Hospital Corporation of America will acquire PatientKeeper, which makes software that enables...
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Epic won't be the only electronic health record company to leverage Apple's HealthKit...
The exodus from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continued on Monday when it...
Millions of dollars in Medicare payments to providers may be at risk after a technical glitch in the...
Health IT continues to be one of the fastest-growing careers in the country. This infographic from...
A new survey from online jobs search firm HealthITJobs.com reveals that work in health IT results in...
The data in electronic health records may be structured, but the usage patterns of the doctors who...
The newest iPhone operating system was released yesterday, but the hotly anticipated HealthKit...
 
SPOTLIGHT In case you missed it Here are some recent Healthcare IT News reports on industry issues.
Illustration of person with megaphone
In a pointed letter sent to HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell on Monday, a who's-who of industry stakeholders complained of "immediate concerns" about their members' ...More
Branzell
CMS and ONC disappointed many CIOs and IT teams around the country on Aug. 29 when it issued a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful ...More
Capitol
Just one day after a chorus of industry groups implored HHS to reconsider its burdensome Stage 2 attestation requirements, a new bi-partisan bill seeks to ...More
Hospital hallway
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. ...More
Richard Pyle
You might say the CIO and IT team at Harrisburg Medical Center are hands on. When it came to tackling the toughest piece of meaningful ...More
Karen DeSalvo, MD and Michael Burgess
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. ...More
AMA President-elect Steven J. Stack, MD
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 ...More
The challenge for the Carolinas Healthcare System was to reduce the readmission rate for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The solution: predictive analytics.More
Francisco D'Souza
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 ...More