Full-time IT workers could be happier July 31, 2014 | Mike Miliard, Managing Editor
IT workers
Consultants are much more satisfied with their jobs than FTEs, however
Just one in five full-time health information technology employees say they're "very satisfied" with their current job, a recent survey finds; a substantial 12 percent, meanwhile, say they're "very dissatisfied." But this is in marked contrast with IT consultants. More
Mobile devices, apps open for attacks July 30, 2014 | Erin McCann, Associate Editor
app icons
'That's like saying because I spoke in French and you don't understand French, it's secure'
In many ways, mobile device security is an oxymoron in its current state. In fact, if you're using an Internet of Things-type device, chances are it has an average of 25 hidden vulnerabilities, according to new research, making it a ripe target for hackers. More
Geisinger CEO to step down July 29, 2014 | Mike Miliard, Managing Editor
Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD
Led Pennsylvania health system with trailblazing projects toward better care at lower cost
Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System, will step down next summer. More
Best Hospital IT Departments finalists July 28, 2014 | Mike Moran, Project Editor
Best Hospital IT Departments finalists
85 hospitals make the cut for Healthcare IT News' best health IT units
More than 5,000 IT staff from 194 nominated hospitals completed the 79-question online survey. To qualify to be considered a top hospital, at least half the employees in an IT department needed to complete the survey. More
Cerner sees record Q2 results July 25, 2014 | Erin McCann, Associate Editor
Man stacking coins
'We're going to invest in our business.'
Second quarter financial results were not a disappointment for EHR behemoth Cerner Corp., as officials announced Thursday afternoon a record "all time high" for Q2 results. More
When analytics falls short July 24, 2014 | Evan Schuman, Contributing Writer
Analytics illustration
Some analyses turn out to be highly inaccurate
The joys of unintended consequences never end. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required hospitals to get paid based on how much they improved their patients' health rather than on how many tests and procedures were completed. The intent was to improve patient care. More
Leapfrog: Hospital dangers still lurk July 23, 2014 | Bernie Monegain, Editor
Busy hospital corridor
New survey shows some safety improvements, but also some stubborn threats.
On the up side, more hospitals are adopting computerized physician order entry, which has proven to reduce medication error. On the down side, hospitals can't seem to get a handle on certain hospital-acquired infections. More
Johns Hopkins settles $190M suit July 22, 2014 | Erin McCann, Associate Editor
Johns Hopkins Health System
'It is our hope that this settlement...helps those affected achieve a measure of closure.'
Johns Hopkins Health System will hand over $190 million to settle a class action privacy lawsuit involving one of its former gynecologists who secretly recorded video and captured photos of patient examinations. More
What is 'awareness computing'? July 21, 2014 | Bernie Monegain, Editor
Doctor using tablet
One CIO says the technology goes over and above single sign-on.
MemorialCare Health System, a top 100 integrated delivery network, implemented awareness computing technology at the Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif. The goal is to provide roaming clinicians instant access to patient records throughout the hospital, while also ensuring top security. More
Deaths by medical mistakes hit records July 18, 2014 | Erin McCann, Associate Editor
Doctors consulting with patients
The way IT is designed remains part of the problem
It's a chilling reality -- one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. -- third only to heart disease and cancer -- claiming the lives of some 400,000 people each year. At a Congressional hearing Thursday, patient safety officials put their best ideas forward on how to solve the crisis, with IT often at the center of discussions. More
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Doctors consulting with patients
It's a chilling reality -- one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. -- ...More
Busy hospital corridor
On the up side, more hospitals are adopting computerized physician order entry, which has proven to reduce medication error. On the down side, hospitals can't ...More
Glenn D. Steele, Jr., MD
Geisinger Health System announced a new initiative this week that will offer patients access to advanced cancer treatment protocols and clinical trials. By partnering with ...More
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The EHR vendor market landscape may be poised for a shakeup, as according to recent reports, Cerner may be exploring the possibility of acquiring the ...More
Federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration, are being hindered in carrying ...More
Martha Coakley
A Rhode Island hospital, who nearly two years ago notified 14,000 patients of a HIPAA breach involving their data, agreed Wednesday to hand over $150,000 ...More
Independence Blue Cross
Hospitals participating in Independence Blue Cross' accountable care contracts are reducing costs, improving care and earning incentives, according to the Philadelphia-based insurer.More
Cloud computing
2014's second quarter brought with it a boost in earnings for cloud-based EHR company athenahealth, which reported gains this time around after disappointing numbers last ...More
IBM Watson
As IBM and Apple team up for a new "mobile first" platform, we could be seeing what happens when the power of Watson analytics is ...More