John Andrews

John Andrews is an independent freelance writer from Des Plaines, Ill. A professional journalist for more than 30 years, he has written exclusively for the healthcare industry since 1990 and has appeared in dozens of trade publications during his career.

Agnesian HealthCare
By John Andrews 02:59 am November 02, 2015
Because they deal with machinery and software, the IT department isn't typically considered to be part of a hospital's patient care team. But don't tell that to Nancy Birschbach, vice president and chief information officer for Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac, Wis.
Mobile devices
By John Andrews 10:27 am October 02, 2015
The proliferation of mobile device technology has given physicians the freedom to assess and diagnose disease from wherever they may be, but they also need to be cognizant of potential security breaches while viewing images in public, risk management specialists say.
Calendar and clock
By John Andrews 07:38 am August 24, 2015
Fifteen years after the Y2K panic, the healthcare industry is once again closely watching the calendar. Not since Jan. 1, 2000, have so many industry professionals had their eyes on a deadline as they do on Oct. 1, 2015.
Man holding crystal ball
By John Andrews 08:10 am August 18, 2015
Stage 3 of meaningful use is shaping up to be the most challenging and detailed level yet for healthcare providers. Among the elements that warrant attention are quality reporting, clinical decision support and security risk analysis.
Health icons
By John Andrews 09:51 am July 31, 2015
The WEDI Summer Forum on ICD-10 held in Chicago earlier this week could be accurately referred to as "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About ICD-10 (But Were Afraid to Ask)."
People with gears illustration
By John Andrews 09:23 am April 24, 2015
For providers considering how to assemble a viable accountable care organization, experts say the key is to first have a strong care coordination system in place.
Network
By John Andrews 06:22 am April 23, 2015
The draft interoperability roadmap released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT contains so many details in its 166-pages that has been called "meaningful use on steroids."
Padlock on computer chip
By John Andrews 06:53 pm April 14, 2015
Speaker Jeff Bell offered a bit of irony at the start of his cybercrime program Tuesday morning by admitting he left his cell phone in a taxi cab the day before, one of the most preventable causes of data breaches.
people taking notes
By John Andrews 03:42 pm April 12, 2015
OpenNotes advocates are predicting a groundswell of public support for giving patients access to physician notes as part of their medical profile, saying it will help patients understand their diagnoses better and catch potential errors in their profiles.
map with pushpins
By John Andrews 03:34 pm April 12, 2015
The Office of National Coordinator for Health IT is about halfway through reviewing comments it received about the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap proposal it released in late January.

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