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 mHealth, medical practices, government policy, and emerging technologies. Follow Tom on Twitter @SullyHIT

ONC EHR interoperability

Deputy Principal National Coordinator Vindell Washington, MD, said now that the electronic health record system infrastructure is in place, the nation can collect on that digital dividend. 

By Tom Sullivan 02:40 pm May 31, 2016
Now that almost all U.S. hospital are using electronic health records, the industry is ready for the next phase of information sharing, improved outcomes and collecting the digital dividend.

Apixio CEO Darren Schulte, MD, said the company intends to use the venture capital to create new applications for care and quality measurement and applied data science.

By Tom Sullivan 12:40 pm May 25, 2016
The data science company said it will use the investment money to develop applications for care and quality measurement. 
patient engagement wearable-as-a-service

iBeat's smartwatch-like device tracks heart activity and can send alerts should any irregularities occur. 

By Tom Sullivan 10:02 am May 24, 2016
Practice Fusion veterans, including former chief executive Ryan Howard, on Tuesday announced a new company called iBeat. The startup is working to create a device that will continuously monitor a user’s heart activity, the company said. Howard called the emerging offering a wearable-as-a-service.
By Tom Sullivan 04:39 pm May 20, 2016
Angie Puffer, operations manager in the Mayo Clinic’s Office of Access Management, spoke at the Healthcare IT News Pop Health Forum 2016 and shared some of the lessons Mayo has learned in attracting those to the patient portal.
Population health patient engagement Uber Blockbuster

Geisinger CEO David Feinberg, MD, said the healthcare industry is broken – and, as such, ripe for a sucess story much like Uber.

By Tom Sullivan 10:38 am May 20, 2016
Making the healthcare system more patient-centered is the disruption the industry needs, said David Feinberg, MD.
Todd Dunn Intermountain population health patient engagement

Todd Dunn, director of innovation at Intermountain Healthcare, said population health is going to demand new tools that delight users. To accomplish that, Intermountain focuses on empathy, curiosity and rapid experiment.

By Tom Sullivan 10:35 am May 19, 2016
CIOs and innovation officers point to companies such as Ikea, Lego, Oxo -- and how they have conducted observational studies to effectively understand UX and deliver products accordingly. 
data privacy HIPAA breach information security OCR
By Tom Sullivan 05:10 pm May 12, 2016
A healthcare attorney spotlights big problems and offers advice on ways to navigate around the pitfalls, from cybersecurity insurance to HIPAA, social media to patient access. 
NIST privacy security data breaches HIPAA

National Institute of Standards and Technology data scientist Ronald Ross advocates a higher-level approach for addressing cybersecurity threats.

By Tom Sullivan 03:18 pm May 11, 2016
LOS ANGELES — Building on several best practices and basic blocking and tackling of cybersecurity, healthcare organizations must also take a higher-level view to effectively address the problems of today.
ICD-10 claims coding
By Tom Sullivan 05:32 pm May 09, 2016
The workgroup’s research found productivity hiccups in providers’ coding, and clinical documentation alongside positive impacts for payers in the areas of claims validation and data analytics. But isn’t it too early to tell whether the transition really went well? 
FHIR interoperability standard Corepoint Health genomics population health clinical decision support

HL7 Fellow and Corepoint Health CTO Dave Shaver said HL7 will take what develoeprs discover about FHIR at the Montreal Connectathon and roll that into the next version of the emerging interoperability standard. 

By Tom Sullivan 02:20 pm May 06, 2016
Dubbed release candidate number 3, the latest incarnation of the emerging interoperability standard also brings advancements for workflow, eClaims, CCDA profiles and provider directories. 

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