August 13, 2014 | John Halamka | Meaningful Use, Policy and Legislation
Hospitals across the country have until September 30 to complete their 2014 reporting period for meaningful use Stage 2. The trajectory is very positive but the position is less than perfect. More
August 01, 2014 | John Halamka | Data Warehousing, Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange (HIE)
Over the summer, I've given many lectures about SMAC -- social media, mobile, analytics and cloud computing. The most popular analytics topics are business intelligence, big data, and novel data... More
July 18, 2014 | John Halamka | Policy and Legislation
The July meeting of the HIT Standards Committee included important discussions of certification for post acute care and behavior health applications, review of data segmentation for privacy, analysis... More
July 09, 2014 | John Halamka | Business Intelligence, Health Information Exchange (HIE)
During my 16 years as CIO, I've witnessed the transition from client server to web, from desktops to mobile, and from locally hosted to cloud. More
July 01, 2014 | John Halamka | Quality and Safety, Interoperability
John Halamka, MD recently found out that interoperability becomes much more real when you watch your own family members experience it. More
June 23, 2014 | John Halamka | Policy and Legislation
The June HIT Standards Committee focused on an update and evaluation of the standards and interoperability framework initiatives, consistent with the overall theme of ONC’s recent reorganization and... More
June 04, 2014 | John Halamka | Meaningful Use, Policy and Legislation
John Halamka, MD, offers his take on the recent reorganization at ONC, which reduced 17 different offices to 10. More
May 28, 2014 | John Halamka | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
Last week, I posted the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from CMS that offers flexibility to Meaningful Use attestation in 2014. Since then, I've received hundreds of emails about it from my fellow... More
April 30, 2014 | John Halamka | Network Infrastructure, Privacy and Security
As I survey the landscape in 2014, I see much more sophisticated attacks at the same time there is much more severe regulatory enforcement. Where would I put my security dollars this year? More
April 02, 2014 | John Halamka | ICD-10
After the senate vote on HR 4302, I sent an email to the CIOs of payers and providers in Massachusetts, suggesting that we need to capture the millions spent locally in ICD-10 preparations before... More
March 12, 2014 | John Halamka | Mobile/Wireless
Over the past few months, Beth Israel Deaconess has been the pilot site for a new approach to clinical information technology, wearable computing. In the emergency department, they've developed... More
February 27, 2014 | John Halamka | Mobile/Wireless, Cloud Computing
During HIMSS14 I met with numerous companies, leaders and fellow IT professionals. The theme I heard frequently was the need for care management/population health applications based on data... More
February 12, 2014 | John Halamka | Meaningful Use, ICD-10, Policy and Legislation
Readers of my blog know that over the past year, I've written several posts warning about the burden of 2014 certification, the timing overlap of numerous federal programs including ICD-10, and... More
February 04, 2014 | John Halamka | Meaningful Use, Policy and Legislation
Feb. 4 at the HIT Policy Committee meeting, the Meaningful Use Workgroup presented its recommendations as part of the process leading to a final rule in 2015. More
January 22, 2014 | John Halamka | Meaningful Use, ICD-10, Policy and Legislation
Karen DeSalvo started as the new National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology on January 13, 2014. What advice would I give her, given the current state of healthcare IT stakeholders? More