Tom Sullivan

Tom Sullivan is the Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare IT News. Sullivan writes the Innovation Pulse column and covers major HIT topics including government policy and emerging technologies. Follow Tom on Twitter @SullyHIT

Trend Micro ransomware

New software on the market is designed to help organizations avoid and eradicate ransomware. Photo: Wikimedia

By Tom Sullivan 07:56 am June 23, 2016
New software and services are tailored for ransom attacks. Will more security vendors follow suit or build anti-ransomware functionality into existing malware tools? 
Data scientist analytics

University of Mississippi Medical Center CHIO John Showalter, MD, recommended that hospitals train analytics specialists on existing tools and avoid buying software the team is not equipped to really use. 

By Tom Sullivan 08:05 am June 16, 2016
Skillsets are changing rapidly. Hospitals must move quickly to keep pace. Experts from Advocate, Geisinger, University of California San Francisco and University of Mississippi Medical Center share best practices and lessons learned. 

“The goal is to empower patients to control their own data. It will enable any app to create and share a CCD with HealthKit, and another app can read that by using HealthKit.”

By Tom Sullivan 01:34 pm June 14, 2016
The move would empower patients to control their own data, according to Ricky Bloomfield, MD, of Duke Health, and help eradicate the tradition of paternalism in medicine.
Precision medicine

“Precision medicine makes doctors nervous because if we’re moving into an era of precision medicine that means, by nature, what came before was not precise.”

By Tom Sullivan 01:11 pm June 14, 2016
The noted physician, software engineer and open science champion said that the hardest part of big data is knowing what questions to ask and finding people capable of figuring that out.
By Tom Sullivan 08:18 am June 13, 2016
New research from Healthcare IT News and HIMSS Analytics determined that precision medicine programs are rolling, albeit slowly, while early focus areas are on chronic diseases, cancer, neurology and pediatrics. 
iHealth Justin Barnes
By Tom Sullivan 07:32 am June 13, 2016
The newly formed company aims to help providers navigate from fee-for-service to value-based care and offer revenue cycle and analytics tools to make the transformation more effective.    
By Tom Sullivan 04:42 pm June 08, 2016
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs formally removed three senior officials on Wednesday and said doing so sets the stage for moving forward. 
Xerox telehealth virtual clinic
By Tom Sullivan 10:45 am June 08, 2016
The infrastructure and consulting services can enable healthcare providers to build out telehealth strategies and design tools that address interoperability challenges and improve the patient experience. 
CIOs, CISOs share advice on cybersecurity

Texas Children’s CISO Sanjeev Sah said hospitals must master the basics because there’s no way to protect against advanced threats if you do not.

By Tom Sullivan 09:52 am June 01, 2016
Speak their language. Don’t talk too deeply about technology. But also remember to pitch the innovative ways that investing in security can improve the business, executives from Henry Ford, NIST, PwC, Texas Children's and others advise.

ONC's new tool includes pricing and product limitation data to help providers comparison shop for EHRs.

By Tom Sullivan 09:19 am June 01, 2016
The new tool includes pricing and product limitation data to help make the process of selecting an electronic health record system less complex, according to National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD. 

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