Health IT Year in Review

Healthcare IT year in review, our best and most popular stories of 2017

We look back at 2017 and the stories that struck a chord with readers – the new tech, policy changes and the sagas. Take a moment to reflect on a busy year. 

Most Popular stories of 2017

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Epic CEO Judy Faulkner is standing behind switch from EHRs to 'CHRs'

by Bernie Monegain

A comprehensive health record, unlike today’s EHR, would incorporate more data types, notably social determinants, she says.

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Wait! What? Amazon and Apple eye building EHRs

by Bernie Monegain

Amazon appears to have launched an investigation into building EHR software.

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VA will move from VistA to a commercial EHR, secretary says

by Jessica Davis

We have more important priorities than software development, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, told the House Committee.

 

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Hospital datacenters: Extinct in 5 years?

by Tom Sullivan

Prominent healthcare execs are predicting a drastic shift from on-premise IT infrastructure into the cloud.

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Epic to jump into medical billing, currently hiring for new unit

by Mike Miliard

The new service is aimed at smaller customers hoping to outsource revenue cycle management, a spokesperson said.

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Solving cloud computing's CapEx vs. OpEx conundrum once and for all

by Tom Sullivan

Hospitals can save money with cloud-based apps rather than buying them outright, but IT pros struggle to explain nuances.

Big surprises in 2017

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eClinicalWorks to pay $155 million to settle suit alleging it faked meaningful use certification

by Tom Sullivan

U.S. Attorney says that the resolution proves EHR vendors can’t ‘flout’ certification requirements and get away with it.

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8 execs resign from Trump's cybersecurity council

by Jessica Davis

Exodus comes after a report found major vulnerabilities in the government’s readiness to protect critical systems from cyber attacks.

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Citing ties to Russia, DHS bans Kaspersky products for government use

by Jessica Davis

While Kaspersky denied any wrongdoing, Homeland Security is giving agencies 90 days to remove all software from systems.

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Bill would jail execs who conceal data breaches

by Jessica Davis

The bill will require orgs to report breaches within 30-days of discovery and is intended to standardize breach notification laws.

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Feds say VA failed to report 90% of poor-performing providers

by Jessica Davis

GAO found that 8 out of 9 providers with concerns on their records weren’t reported to state and national databases.

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Cerner sued for $16 million over revenue cycle rollout

by Jessica Davis

Agnesian Healthcare claims issues in Cerner’s billing software caused losses and damaged hospital’s reputation; Cerner disagrees.

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EHR vendor CliniComp sues government over no-bid VA contract with Cerner

by Jessica Davis

The San Diego-based vendor scorned the VA for not conducting a competitive bidding process.

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Cher sues NantHealth's Patrick Soon-Shiong alleging stock sale fraud

by Jessica Davis

The legendary singer claims Soon-Shiong and other Altor board members hid the success of a promising cancer and AIDS/HIV drug.

Emerging trends taking hold in 2017

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Allscripts, Cerner, Epic signal more open EHRs ahead

by Tom Sullivan

Judy Faulkner, Zane Burke and Paul Black said during HIMSS17 interviews that they're offering APIs to foster innovation.

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What's next for health information exchanges?

by Tom Sullivan

HIE 3.0 will harness IT infrastructure to integrate social determinants and behavioral health into medical data within EHRs.

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Expect more weaponized malware as hackers focus on cashing in

by Jessica Davis

New HIMSS Analytics and Mimecast report ranks top cybersecurity strategies hospitals are pursuing for 2018.

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'Bring your own data' is the next trend in healthcare

by Bill Siwicki

Clinicians need new skills as more patients carry their own health information into appointments.

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How a coffee machine brewed up ransomware, and other startling findings in the HIMSS cybersecurity report

by Tom Sullivan

Keep software patches up to date but don’t rely too heavily on vendors and know that any connected device can be hacked.

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What Apple, Google, Linux and a Huge Dirty COW have in common

by Tom Sullivan

They’re all in this month’s HIMSS cybersecurity report along with Philips, Siemens and Smiths Medical.

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An inside look: NewYork-Presbyterian's AI command center

by Bill Siwicki

Nurses in a faraway control room monitor patients with AI tools and free on-premise clinicians to spend more time with patients.

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AI, machine learning will shatter Moore's Law in rapid-fire pace of innovation

by Tom Sullivan

The technologies are enabling early-adopter hospitals to transition from the art of medicine to the science of medicine. 

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Regenerative medicine, gene editing markets are growing

by Mike Miliard

21st Century Cures Act is helping drive expansion in the cellular therapies, with the field valued at $25 billion.

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8 reasons why telehealth is gaining momentum right now

by Wendy Almeida

Thanks to some new bills in Congress the implementation of telehealth programs in an array of clinical settings has taken off.

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Why blockchain could transform the very nature of EHRs

by Mike Miliard

By giving patients control over their data, the tech could enable better privacy protections and efficiency for information exchange.

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As AI spreads through healthcare, ethical questions arise

by Mike Miliard

New Infosys report points to importance of "ethical standards" for training talent as automation changes workflows.

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The next big thing in AI, emotional intelligence, could give hospitals a competitive edge

by Mike Miliard

But some big questions need to be answered as tools like Siri and Alexa start playing a role in the patient journey, says one expert.

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Epic, Nuance embed AI into EHR for clinical documentation improvement

by Mike Miliard

The tools analyze relevant patient notes using deep learning and natural language processing technologies.

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The next big thing in pharmacy supply chain: Blockchain

by Bill Siwicki

With $200 billion lost to counterfeit drugs annually and patient safety issues, a chain-of-custody log that blockchain could enable holds promise.

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Blockchain beyond EHRs: Thinking past the usual suspects can transform healthcare

by Bill Siwicki

While EHRs and data security get all the attention, there are more immediate opportunities for the digital ledger technology.
 

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Career advice from women leaders proves health IT isn’t a boys' club anymore

by Jessica Davis

Some of the industry’s top women leaders share lessons that have helped them succeed in an industry dominated by men.

Big changes in HIT this year

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Telehealth policy changes mean big revenue opportunities for hospitals

by Jeff Lagasse

Pending developments in government policy with virtual care and reimbursement for services are opening doors for hospitals.

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Meaningful Measures show CMS, ONC commitment to deregulation

by Susan Morse

The new program and expected final MACRA rule are proof that new administration is serious about scaling back requirements.

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New leader ready to prepare HIMSS for the approaching silver tsunami

by Gus Venditto

Hal Wolf believes an aging population will require a new approach from healthcare IT leaders.

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Senators reintroduce EHR Regulatory Relief Act to dramatically change meaningful use

by Tom Sullivan

The proposed legislation would remove the all-or-nothing approach of meaningful use and extend flexibility.

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Almost all large employers plan to offer telehealth in 2018, but will employees use it?

by Bill Siwicki

Telehealth utilization is on the rise, employers have a long way to go to get more staffers onboard.

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FDA to add new voluntary approval pathway for medical devices

by Jessica Davis

The framework would use more modern criteria, allowing comparisons to standards more in line with the tech being evaluated.

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ONC posts patient-data matching best practices framework

by Bernie Monegain

The framework's five categories include data governance, quality, operations, platforms and standards.

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Seema Verma promises CMS is focusing on interoperability, patient empowerment

by Jessica Davis

The CMS Administrator talked about her personal mission to give patients a voice -- and better access to data they need.

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Tom Price resigns as HHS Secretary

by Tom Sullivan

Price’s resignation comes amid criticism about his use of taxpayer dollars for private jets while traveling around the country.

Great interviews with industry leaders

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Allscripts CEO Paul Black talks AI, machine learning and precision medicine

by Mike Miliard

Chief executive shares his vision for the future of genomics and offers a glimpse of the AI-based EHR the company is exploring.

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eClinicalWorks CEO Girish Navani speaks: 'This chapter has to be closed'

by Tom Sullivan

The company has beefed up its compliance and focusing on customer service and innovation.

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Former IBM exec Star Cunningham on the keys to value-based care

by Jessica Davis

The 4D Healthware founder says consumer tech will be central to improving the care of patients and bending cost curve.

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NIH All of Us program gearing up for 'precision engagement,' Eric Dishman says

by Mike Miliard

The agency is deploying user-centered design strategies and turning to targeted marketing experts from the private sector.

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FHIR holds big promise for interoperability, but will need to coexist with other standards for the foreseeable future

by Mike Miliard

Russell Leftwich, MD, says IT professionals need to have a strategy for integrating the spec with existing standards into a hybrid.

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Real-time analytics key to Providence Health’s 'value infrastructure'

by Jessica Davis

EVP Amy Compton-Phillips says West Coast health system is leveraging real-time data and informatics to improve patient outcomes.

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CMIO wants AI to be much more than a disruptive tech

by Jessica Davis

M*Modal’s Gilan El Saadawi is working on an AI-driven virtual assistant to better capture clinical documentation.

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Tejal Gandhi on creating a culture of patient safety

by Jessica Davis

The IHI Chief Clinical and Safety Officer discusses what it takes to improve patient safety issues plaguing hospitals today. 

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Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, opens up about challenges women in healthcare face today

by Bernie Monegain

The CEO of Medical Group Management Association discusses technology, disparity in the workplace  – and more.

VA's move to commercial EHR

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VA will move from VistA to a commercial EHR, secretary says

by Jessica Davis

We have more important priorities than software development, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, told the House Committee.

 

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VA picks Cerner to replace VistA; Trump says EHR will fix agency's data sharing 'once and for all'

by Jessica Davis

The agency will get out of software development and move to the same vendor as DoD.

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Of course VA should replace VistA with Cerner, readers say

by Jessica Davis

While the bulk of respondents to our poll picked the reigning EHR favorite, many think a different course would be better.

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Cerner EHR project for VA will take 7 to 8 years, Shulkin says

by Jessica Davis

While the launch of the new EHR will take just 18 months, the whole system overhaul will take much longer.

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GAO: VA likely wasted $1.1 billion on VistA

by Jessica Davis

After 138 contractors hired to develop, manage and maintain its legacy VistA EHR, it's now obsolete.

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VA will require Cerner to prioritize interoperability in EHR upgrade

by Jessica Davis

Veterans Affairs will require Cerner to work with agency affiliates, providers and other EHR vendors to fuel interoperability.

Game-changing cybersecurity stories of 2017

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Hospitals in UK National Health Service knocked offline by massive ransomware attack

by Jessica Davis

The health service was taken down by Wanna Decryptor with no current decryptor available.

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Global ransomware attack hits Merck, health system after thrashing Europe

by Jessica Davis

The Petya strain spread by infected email attachments is wreaking havoc across the globe.

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Nuance knocked offline by ransomware attacking Europe

by Jessica Davis

The major voice and language tool provider joins the 64 countries hit by the virus, as well as global pharma giant Merck.

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Accenture latest to breach client data due to misconfigured AWS server

by Jessica Davis

Hundreds of gigabytes of data were exposed when the tech giant accidentally left four of its AWS S3 buckets open to the public.

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HHS, FDA, VA among the 24 federal agencies with ineffective security, report says

by Jessica Davis

Hundreds of recommendations about deficiencies in security controls have been made, but many have yet to be implemented.

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Nuance still down after Petya cyberattack, offers customers alternative tools

by Jessica Davis

Researchers have confirmed NotPetya isn’t ransomware, the hackers real intent was the disruption and destruction of data.

The best from our events

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Obama's cyber czar warns of 3 troubling security trends

by Tom Sullivan

Michael Daniel said cyberspace operates under different rules that demand new security model.

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Healthcare must move from risk to resilience, Tom Ridge says

by Tom Sullivan

On 16th anniversary of 9/11 attacks, the former Homeland Security Secretary says the world is more perilous today.

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Know these 5 principles of value-based care, because it's here to stay

by Tom Sullivan

Despite attempts to repeal and replace ACA, American Enterprise Institute scholar says value-based care is path forward.

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The next precision medicine breakthrough is about apps, not EHRs

by Tom Sullivan

Beth Israel Deaconess and Providence St. Joseph Health are building their own apps to transform personalized care.

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Social determinants of health and the $1.7 trillion opportunity to slash spending

by Tom Sullivan

The potential to harness this data to both make people healthier and help hospitals and payers save money is enormous.

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Precision medicine demands ‘evolutionary leaps of interoperability’

by Mike Miliard

Speakers at the Precision Medicine Summit see a genomic future fueled by startups whose innovations outpace EHR vendors.

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Population health is in a major state of change

by Mike Miliard

Experts at HIMSS Pop Health Forum highlight innovations but one thing seems certain: Value-based care is here to stay.

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Cybersecurity is hard, got it? But let's stop blaming hospitals for every breach

by Tom Sullivan

Yes, health entities need to be held responsible for protecting patient data but public shaming isn’t making that happen. There’s a better way forward.

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Get social data into EHRs to bring precision medicine to population health

by Mike Miliard

In addition, the industry must ensure better access to broadband to make telehealth a reality for underserved areas.

Predictions for 2018

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The 12 defining healthcare issues of 2018

by Bill Siwicki

AI, IoT, cybersecurity, disaster preparedness and patient experience are prime concerns, according to PwC.

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2018 health IT predictions for blockchain, big data, cloud computing and more

by Bill Siwicki

Here's what you can expect in the year ahead.

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Biggest EHR challenges for 2018: Security, interoperability, clinician burnout

by Bill Siwicki

Hospital and health system execs discuss hurdles they’re facing as they move into the new year.

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See the list: ECRI's top 10 tech hazards for 2018

by Beth Jones Sanborn

ECRI Institute weighed factors like severity, serious injury or dealth with overall preventability.

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Cleveland Clinic picks top 10 innovations for 2018: Scalp cooling, next-gen vaccines make the cut

by Bernie Monegain

A better way to manage diabetes, a patch for a flu vaccine and a way to prevent hair loss from chemo make the annual list.

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2018 Cybersecurity prediction: Extortion attempts, ransomware will proliferate

by Jessica Davis

Hospital leadership can often be the biggest threat to security because funding is still a low priority.