Erin McCann | April 23, 2014 | 10:54 AM | Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange (HIE), Quality and Safety
Health information technology systems have made their way to the No. 1 patient safety concern for healthcare organizations, according to the findings of a new ECRI industry report. More
Erin McCann | April 22, 2014 | 11:05 AM | Mobile/Wireless, Network Infrastructure, Privacy and Security
Healthcare has a few things to do differently in the privacy and security arena -- one of them being: Start taking it seriously. This according to Verizon's annual breach report released today. Photo: Carol Smith, 2011 More
Erin McCann | April 18, 2014 | 11:11 AM | Mobile/Wireless, Workforce Management, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
A California-based home care and hospice group has undergone a digital overhaul after providing tablet computers for its some 1,300 care providers. And, although far from an inexpensive rollout, the digitization has saved the group big bucks. More
Erin McCann | April 16, 2014 | 15:50 PM | Enterprise Resource Planning, Network Infrastructure, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
It seems almost unfair. Clinical IT systems, in the last few years, have generally enjoyed a monopoly of the applications spotlight, often leaving operational apps sitting in the shadows, on back burners and positioned at tail ends of healthcare's to-do... More
Erin McCann | April 16, 2014 | 11:08 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
Sure, the EHR Incentive Program, with its $22 billion plus paid out thus far to meaningful users, might have helped bring the healthcare sector out of the Dark Ages and into the 21st Century, technologically speaking, but do these systems really improve the... More
BOSTON | Erin McCann | April 14, 2014 | 11:02 AM | Mobile/Wireless, Network Infrastructure, Privacy and Security
When it comes to security threat severity, the Heartbleed bug doesn't miss a beat. That's according to Phil Lerner, chief information security officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who, on a scale from 1 to 10, ranks the bug a solid... More
Erin McCann | April 11, 2014 | 10:41 AM | Health Information Exchange (HIE), Network Infrastructure
The state with the lowest electronic health record adoption rates in the nation has finally put a foot forward with its statewide health information exchange, after announcing the network's go-live earlier this week. More
BOSTON | Erin McCann | April 9, 2014 | 10:54 AM | Mobile/Wireless, Network Infrastructure, Quality and Safety
Boston has long proven itself a mecca for healthcare innovation, a hub of some of the best minds and most prestigious hospitals in the nation. And the 2014 Boston Children's Hospital Innovators' Showcase proved no exception. More
Erin McCann | April 9, 2014 | 07:01 AM | Meaningful Use, Claims Processing, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
Think the chances of getting a meaningful use audit are slim? Tell that to the folks who lost their job for doing it wrong, or folks at the four-hospital Scripps Health, who, all told, have undergone 11 meaningful use audits to date. Some say mock audits are... More
OAKLAND, CA | Erin McCann | April 7, 2014 | 10:25 AM | Privacy and Security
Some 5,100 Kaiser Permanente patients were sent HIPAA breach notification letters after a KP research computer was found to have been infected with malicious software. Officials say the computer was infected with the malware for more than two and a half years... More
Erin McCann | April 2, 2014 | 10:12 AM | Meaningful Use
The brainchild of medical researcher, professor and self-made billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, NantHealth is aimed at solving the interoperability crisis and connecting the industry in the most powerful of ways -- a direct response of discontent with the... More
WASHINGTON | Erin McCann | April 2, 2014 | 07:05 AM | ICD-10
It took the Senate nearly five hours Mar. 31 to debate and approve a bill that would temporarily fix the SGR and also delay ICD-10 one year. The curious -- and disconcerting -- thing is, during that time not a single Senator made mention of the ICD-10... More