WASHINGTON | Neil Versel | October 13, 2014 | 10:50 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
Stage 2 of meaningful use is supposed to be about interoperability of data, with electronic records flowing securely between sites as needed to help hospitals and doctors provide better care. But the number of attestations to Stage 2 has been anemic, and... More
SALT LAKE CITY | Neil Versel | October 2, 2014 | 10:23 AM | Data Warehousing, Network Infrastructure, Quality and Safety
With the recent news that four more participants in CMS's Pioneer ACO program are dropping out, the future of this important piece of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is in doubt, now that just half of the original 32 sites remain. More
Neil Versel | September 30, 2014 | 11:43 AM
Stage 2 of meaningful use requires at least 5 percent of a given provider's patients to be engaged in their own care either through an online portal or an electronic personal health record. More
Neil Versel | September 30, 2014 | 11:16 AM
In August, Sharp HealthCare in San Diego disclosed that two months earlier it had become the 10th of 32 original participants in Medicare's Pioneer ACO program to drop out. More
Neil Versel | September 30, 2014 | 09:53 AM | Data Warehousing, Electronic Health Records, Network Infrastructure
An overarching theme from a vendor's first analytics conference is similar to something that EHR vendors have been saying for years: workflow and organizational culture are at least as important as the technology itself when it comes to healing... More
CHICAGO | Neil Versel | September 29, 2014 | 14:11 PM
The message that Allscripts Healthcare Solutions CEO and President Paul Black wanted to share was simple. More
SANTA CLARA, CA | Neil Versel | September 26, 2014 | 06:32 AM | Mobile/Wireless, Network Infrastructure, Interoperability
Now in its eighth year, the annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference has evolved from a showcase for not-ready-for-prime-time apps that wouldn't exist a year later to a self-congratulatory Silicon Valley pep rally to a more mature event that seems to be... More
Neil Versel | September 3, 2014 | 15:07 PM | Quality and Safety
Neil Versel's father Mark Versel passed away May 11, 2012, from an insidious disease called multiple system atrophy, or MSA. In tribute to his father's memory, Versel discusses MSA and the patient safety nightmare that darkened his father's... More
Neil Versel | August 27, 2014 | 14:52 PM
With Stage 2 of a planned three stages just barely underway, it probably is too soon to assess the overall effect of the $27 billion federal EHR incentive program known as meaningful use. More
Neil Versel | August 27, 2014 | 14:49 PM
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Neil Versel | August 27, 2014 | 14:47 PM
One reason health IT appears to be falling short on its promise of improving patient safety is that it's difficult to translate clinical guidelines into electronic form for use in clinical decision support systems. More
Neil Versel | August 27, 2014 | 14:46 PM
A July report from Frost & Sullivan predicted that hospital-based secure mobile communications could be a $240 million market in the U.S. by 2020. More