Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act

The case for health IT internships
By Stephen Burrows 10:30 am March 03, 2014
Recent federal mandates for healthcare information technology have increased demand on the field, boosting the need for educated and knowledgeable staff for health IT projects. But we are seeing an influx of students entering these programs who do not have clinical or information technology backgrounds.
By Tom Sullivan 10:20 am February 27, 2014
At CCHIT's "The Decade of Health IT" summit at HIMSS14 on Wednesday, four national coordinators looked back on their experiences working to drive healthcare information technology adoption over the past 10 years.
5 ways to avoid health data breaches
By Diana Manos 10:53 am February 19, 2014
IT security is complicated, made even more so by the dynamic nature of technology and the ever challenging threat landscape. It may be best to think of IT security as a chronic illness, a condition that requires ongoing treatment, testing, and re-evaluations.
Michael Leavitt
By Diana Manos 10:53 am February 17, 2014
The sheer volume of uncoordinated measures are overwhelming clinicians and until they are narrowed down and made uniform across all sectors of healthcare, the task of improving care will remain elusive. So say former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt.
Medical identity theft is the most virulent of all.
By Kaiser Health News 09:48 am February 11, 2014
Last month, the Identity Theft Resource Center produced a survey showing that medical-related identity theft accounted for 43 percent of all identity thefts reported in the United States in 2013. According to HHS, the theft of a computer or other electronic device is involved in more than half of medical-related security breaches.
EHR incentives climb to $19B
By Diana Manos 10:28 am February 05, 2014
Strong momentum continues for the meaningful use program as CMS revealed that it has disbursed more than $19 billion in reimbursement incentives. There were 440, 998 registered providers participating in the federal electronic health record incentive program as of the end of 2013, with $19.2 billion paid out in incentives, according to the Centers...
Most healthcare organizations reported a data breach this past year.
By Erin McCann 06:16 am February 03, 2014
If you're shirking your security systems' obligations all to save a few pennies, better think again. Chances are, it will end up costing much more down the road -- a whopping $1.6 billion more.
DeSalvo stays the course to better care
By Bernie Monegain 05:00 am February 03, 2014
Karen DeSalvo, MD, talks with Healthcare IT News Editor Bernie Monegain about the work ahead and what has influenced her on her way to becoming the national coordinator for health information technology. DeSalvo is the fifth coordinator and the first woman to serve in the post since it was established by President George W. Bush in 2004.
By Mike Miliard 08:49 am January 30, 2014
Data sharing is the lifeblood of accountable care organizations. As inpatient and outpatient providers work together to coordinate care for cost savings and improved outcomes, more and better information is critical to success.
Docs in for Stage 2 rude awakening
By Erin McCann 10:44 am January 22, 2014
The Stage 2 numbers for eligible docs are what some might call a little bit scary. Most office-based physicians are not prepared for the October 2014 beginning attestation date. In fact, many aren't even close.

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