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
Heartbleed
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 HealthCare.gov 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
CIO wrangles data for first step to ACO April 10, 2014 | Mike Miliard, Managing Editor
Data sheets
'We hope to have our HR areas study the data from a benefits perspective: Where is it costing us money and what can we do?'
Like most CIOs of three-hospital health systems, Karen Bowling has plenty keeping her busy these days. Now there's even more to do. With the mission of meeting a slew of federal mandates pretty much well in hand, it's time to help steer toward a future of accountable care. More
Innovation showcase brings 'wow' factor April 09, 2014 | Erin McCann, Associate Editor
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston Children's Hospital exhibit brings big technologies, promising platforms to forefront
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. And the 2014 Boston Children's Hospital Innovators' Showcase proved no exception. More
Bill Spooner's health IT journey goes on April 08, 2014 | Bernie Monegain, Editor
Bill Spooner
Over his 18 years as CIO at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, Spooner has witnessed vast technology progress.
Bill Spooner "retired" from his post as leader of Sharp HealthCare's 450-member IT team on Feb. 14. The quotes around "retired" are necessary because he has something in the works -- he won't say what yet. It's something that will keep him working halftime, or maybe more. It's too hard to leave healthcare IT altogether at this promising juncture, he says. More
CIO: No longer just 'the IT guy' April 07, 2014 | Bernie Monegain, Editor
Executives and doctors at conference table
The healthcare CIO is emerging as a skilled strategist at the executive table, with more demands on the role than ever.
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 before, he or she is expected to bring top executive skills, the long view and strategy to the table. More
There are ways to do analytics right April 04, 2014 | Neil Versel, Contributing Writer
Analytical graph
'If you are just about grabbing data, you will be on a data grab forever.'
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 data, you're doing it wrong." More
Smart data key to patient engagement April 03, 2014 | Mike Miliard, Managing Editor
Doctor and patient
'The patient has to be a contributing member of the care team, not just a bystander'
We hear a lot about patient engagement these days. Certainly, the idea is a noble one. And the benefits it could bring when practiced on a wide scale are immense. But a lot of providers are still wondering: How do you do it? More

Today’s Headlines

Sure, the EHR Incentive Program, with its $22 billion plus paid out thus far to meaningful users, might have helped bring the healthcare sector out of the Dark Ages and into the 21st Century,... More
The American Health Information Management Association has called for the Department of Health and Human Services to announce Oct. 1, 2015, as the new implementation date for ICD-10 as soon as... More
Telecommunication behemoth BlackBerry Limited is testing out the healthcare IT waters, after it announced this week it was buying a stake in a cloud-based medical IT provider company. More
In yet another record quarter for venture capital, health information technology companies raked in $858 million since January, across 163 deals -- a 154 percent increase compared to Q4 2013. More
Meaningful use just might have its financial perks. That's according to the top 25 highest performing meaningful users under the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, all of whom brought... More
Medicare's release this past week of physician reimbursement data may be, as U.S. CTO Todd Park puts it, an "unprecedented" opportunity for transparency. But what will researchers --... More
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