Neil Versel is a freelance health IT journalist in Chicago. He has been a professional journalist since 1992, focusing on healthcare since 2000.
By Neil Versel 10:40 am March 10, 2015
Underpinning the newly established pharmacogenomics clinic at NorthShore University HealthSystem is a strong analytics infrastructure -- positioning it for a future where every patient has pharmacogenomic data in their EMRs.
By Neil Versel 09:50 am March 05, 2015
The oral arguments the U.S. Supreme Court heard Wednesday in King vs. Burwell did not address any health IT provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but the ruling could have far-reaching effects on the future of American healthcare.
By Neil Versel 11:13 am January 29, 2015
After four years and $60 million, ONC's Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects program has pretty much wound down. Has it made electronic health records any more usable?
By Neil Versel 02:30 pm December 12, 2014
Not only is data getting bigger, it's getting smarter. In this age of big data, analytics in healthcare has expanded from business intelligence and revenue-cycle management to clinical care.
By Neil Versel 02:20 pm December 12, 2014
In the past decade, several studies have come out suggesting that CPOE can introduce and even magnify errors without proper safeguards, particularly against physicians suffering from "alert fatigue" turning off notifications.
By Neil Versel 02:19 pm December 12, 2014
Healthcare organizations with long-established electronic health records run the risk of "note bloat" and compromised patient safety unless they standardize physician documentation procedures and limit the amount of cutting-and-pasting doctors have to do.
By Neil Versel 02:10 pm December 05, 2014
Data Analytics company Health Catalyst invited Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane — he of "Moneyball" fame — to keynote Health Catalyst's inaugural Healthcare Analytics Summit, Sept. 14-15. The 2011 movie starred Brad Pitt.
By Neil Versel 09:34 am December 03, 2014
Health insurer WellPoint is the launch partner for an online continuing medical education program emphasizing a global focus to diagnosing diseases, something that might have been helpful in handling recent Ebola cases.
By Neil Versel 10:22 am November 24, 2014
With all the talk about patient engagement as a component of both meaningful use and of healthcare quality improvement, it seems to be lacking in one of the most obvious places of all: the hospital room.
By Neil Versel 09:55 am November 20, 2014
In case anyone was still wondering about a leadership vacuum at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Karen DeSalvo, MD, is still national coordinator -- a fact that was in evidence Wednesday at the close of the American Medical Informatics Association's annual conference.