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WASHINGTON | Mike Miliard | November 5, 2014 | 10:22 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
A fresh batch of disheartening Stage 2 attestation numbers has prompted several industry groups to once again implore the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to shorten the meaningful use reporting period in 2015 and offer more leeway on some of its... More
Anthony Vecchione | November 5, 2014 | 07:54 AM | Network Infrastructure, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management, Interoperability
Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network announced merger plans on Oct. 16; if the deal clears regulatory hurdles it would result in New Jersey's largest hospital network. In the meantime, it's offering the chief information officers... More
Anthony Brino | November 5, 2014 | 07:19 AM | Electronic Health Records, Enterprise Resource Planning, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
There's a new rift opening up between smaller health networks and large, highly-capitalized hospital systems that can afford to eat the high costs of "misjudged" electronic health record purchases while still making other investments in... More
Anthony Vecchione | November 4, 2014 | 11:08 AM | Mobile/Wireless, Quality and Safety, RTLS
Just a few years ago, discussion of the use of radio-frequency identification in healthcare was usually limited to drug manufacturers and wholesalers. But more and more hospitals are using RFID technology to improve safety and efficiency. More
WASHINGTON | Mike Miliard | November 4, 2014 | 10:52 AM | Health Information Exchange (HIE), Quality and Safety, Policy and Legislation
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has named Anjum Khurshid, MD, director of health systems at the Louisiana Public Health Institute, to serve on the Health IT Policy Committee. She has also renewed appointments for three members of... More
PHILADELPHIA | Bernie Monegain | November 4, 2014 | 10:06 AM | Electronic Health Records, Network Infrastructure, Quality and Safety
The Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation has begun a new collaboration with Drexel University on several research projects aimed at improving the delivery of healthcare, including one targeting chronic disease. More
Frank Irving | November 4, 2014 | 09:52 AM | Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety, Telehealth
The final Physician Fee Schedule rule for 2015, published by CMS on Oct. 31, brings with it a number of changes that physicians and practice managers need to understand about chronic care, telehealth and meaningful use. More
Gus Venditto | November 3, 2014 | 12:43 PM | Data Warehousing, Quality and Safety
As the foundation of his opening keynote address at the HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum in Boston on Nov. 20-21, Kaiser Permanente CMIO John Mattison, MD, will address an issue that marries philosophy, antiquity,... More
SAN ANTONIO | Mike Miliard | November 3, 2014 | 11:06 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Workforce Management
The past few years have been "a very, very intense time" for health IT workers, said Jim Turnbull, chief information officer at University of Utah Health Care, speaking at the CHIME Fall CIO Forum this past week. As he and other CIOs look ahead... More
Government Health IT Staff | November 3, 2014 | 11:05 AM | Network Infrastructure, Privacy and Security, Policy and Legislation
Raising concerns about security practices with the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov, the U.S. House Science Committee has issued a subpoena to compel U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park to testify about his role in creating the site. More
CLEVELAND | Erin McCann | November 3, 2014 | 10:57 AM | Data Warehousing, Electronic Health Records, Interoperability
You want genomic analysis and big data to take off? Don't count on it until interoperability becomes more than just a plan tossed about in federal HIT policy meetings. It actually needs to come to fruition, said Cleveland Clinic's Chief Information... More
CHICAGO | Bernie Monegain | November 3, 2014 | 10:33 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, better known by its acronym CCHIT, is ending all operations, and expects to conclude the process by later this month. The closure follows an announcement earlier this year that it would stop EHR... More