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 11:16 am September 30, 2014
In August, Sharp HealthCare in San Diego disclosed that two months earlier it had become the 10th of 32 original participants in Medicare's Pioneer ACO program to drop out.
By Neil Versel 09:53 am September 30, 2014
An overarching theme from a vendor's first analytics conference is similar to something that EHR vendors have been saying for years: workflow and organizational culture are at least as important as the technology itself when it comes to healing healthcare through IT.
By Neil Versel 02:11 pm September 29, 2014
The message that Allscripts Healthcare Solutions CEO and President Paul Black wanted to share was simple.
By Neil Versel 06:32 am September 26, 2014
Now in its eighth year, the annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference has evolved from a showcase for not-ready-for-prime-time apps that wouldn't exist a year later to a self-congratulatory Silicon Valley pep rally to a more mature event that seems to be addressing real-world healthcare problems.
By Neil Versel 03:07 pm September 03, 2014
Neil Versel's father Mark Versel passed away May 11, 2012, from an insidious disease called multiple system atrophy, or MSA. In tribute to his father's memory, Versel discusses MSA and the patient safety nightmare that darkened his father's final days.
By Neil Versel 02:52 pm August 27, 2014
With Stage 2 of a planned three stages just barely underway, it probably is too soon to assess the overall effect of the $27 billion federal EHR incentive program known as meaningful use.
By Neil Versel 02:49 pm August 27, 2014
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By Neil Versel 02:47 pm August 27, 2014
One reason health IT appears to be falling short on its promise of improving patient safety is that it's difficult to translate clinical guidelines into electronic form for use in clinical decision support systems.
By Neil Versel 02:46 pm August 27, 2014
A July report from Frost & Sullivan predicted that hospital-based secure mobile communications could be a $240 million market in the U.S. by 2020.
By Neil Versel 10:19 am August 22, 2014
Stage 2 of meaningful use requires at least 5 percent of a given provider's patients to be engaged in their own care either through an online portal or an electronic personal health record. The threshold seems low, but it is the first time that achieving meaningful use is dependent on patient behavior.