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

By Mike Miliard 12:00 am January 20, 2014
"It's not their fault!" says Derek Kosiorek, principal in the Healthcare Consulting Group of the Medical Group Management Association.
By Jack Beaudoin 12:00 am January 20, 2014
Healthcare IT News launches a new Insight column this month that will run monthly in this space. HealthData Miner is conceived and written by Jack Beaudoin. Beaudoin digs deep into HIMSS Analytics data to derive insight and commentary on a wide range of healthcare IT topics.
CIOs gauge decade of health IT headway
By Bernie Monegain 10:39 am January 17, 2014
The healthcare IT industry just marked the 10-year anniversary of then President George W. Bush's call to action -- in his 2004 State of the Union address -- to finally transform a paper-mired healthcare system into a digital-age industry. CIOs and other industry insiders speak to the progress and look to the future of health IT.
MU creates 'medical bridges to nowhere'
By Erin McCann 08:00 am January 15, 2014
As far as Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, is concerned, the $34 billion health IT and electronic medical record incentive program was a grave misstep for the healthcare industry -- but not necessarily for the reasons one might think.
Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., intends to file a bill early in 2014 aiming to "strengt
By Mike Miliard 11:13 am January 03, 2014
As more than 2 million people enroll in health plans through HealthCare.gov, congressional Republicans have a new strategy to chip away at Obamacare: Put the focus on the website's security vulnerabilities.
Looking back to before data was big
By Mike Miliard 10:55 am January 02, 2014
So much has changed in just the past few years when it comes to analytics in healthcare -- to say nothing of the huge leap from where we were a decade ago. But there's still plenty of catching up to do, compared to how other industries use data.
By Bernie Monegain 09:08 am January 02, 2014
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has released more than $21.7 million for capital improvement projects to upgrade and improve state hospital facilities and services statewide. The majority of the spending is designated for health information technology projects.
Stimilus package, meaningful use has been good for business.
By Mike Miliard 07:25 am December 31, 2013
In an eventful 10 years for healthcare, meaningful use made an unmistakable mark as vendors large and small took advantage of an unprecedented opportunity. As one observer puts it: "Obama's stimulus was the catalyst that lit this industry up five years ago. We haven't looked back since."
Lost thumb drive leads to $150K fine
By Mike Miliard 10:44 am December 30, 2013
An unencrypted USB drive ended up costing one dermatology practice, which has settled with the Department of Health and Human Services for failing to address HITECH's breach notification provisions.
By Mike Miliard 12:00 am December 20, 2013
It's hard to go too long these days without hearing someone hype the benefits of big data. It's to the point where the term is all but a cliché.

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