October 01, 2013
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago has reached Stage 7, the highest level on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems nationwide.
September 18, 2013
Glen Tullman, who spent 15 years at Allscripts before stepping down in 2012 amid a company shakeup, has announced plans to launch Zest Health. The company's opening salvo will be a consumer-focused mobile app.
August 23, 2013
Allscripts President and CEO Paul M. Black, hired in December 2012 to rescue the troubled EHR vendor, and other company executives sounded defensive and optimistic notes this week as they attempt to regain the confidence of customers, investors and health IT industry analysts.
July 11, 2013
The 15th annual Health Care's Most Wired Survey spotlights the hospitals and healthcare systems that have come furthest so far in implementing health IT and putting it to work transforming care.
May 24, 2013
Insecure IT systems have left hospitals lousy with viruses and malware. Implantable medical devices are vulnerable to hackers and cyber criminals. How real is the danger? And what's being done to fight it?
April 15, 2013
Allscripts reported lower than expected financial results for Q4 2012. However, on March 5, just a couple of weeks after the Q4 earnings call, Allscripts President and CEO Paul Black offered what he characterized as good news for the ailing EHR vendor - the purchase of dbMotion, focused on community health technology, and Jardogs, dedicated to patient engagement.
April 15, 2013
An entire city had been burned to the ground. It would never be the same. It would be better.
It was 1871. It was Chicago. A fire had just destroyed 17,500 buildings and left one out of every three residents homeless.
The compelling story behind the Gr
April 12, 2013
The latest trend in the healthcare industry is that big players are increasingly acquisitive when it comes to new medical device technologies, according to Paul Teitelbaum, managing director with Chicago-based Mesirow Financial's Investment Banking Practice.
April 08, 2013
Since 2007, and in the wake of the Great Recession, an additional 10 million Americans have enrolled in Medicaid, at the same time that states' tax revenue declined. But those long-plagued by Medicaid debt are starting to address their problems, several states are forging ahead with accountable care innovations and the consumer experience is becoming an increasingly important point of focus as states begin to modernize their systems.
April 03, 2013
Chicago health information technology company EMRapproved recently announced a partnership with a new collaboration called HealthITxChange, an online community where healthcare practitioners and health IT professionals can share best practices and lessons learned, or "pearls" on EHR adoption.
March 13, 2013
Creating policy recommendations for HIE data query and response that reduces "real or perceived barriers," without being overly prescriptive, is the privacy and security "Tiger Team" subcommittee's task at hand in the coming months.
March 11, 2013
Dan Michelson, CEO of Strata Decision Technology, who has spent more than 20 years in the healthcare sector, argues that the healthcare industry would do well to take lessons from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
March 05, 2013
Remember the good old days on "ER," "St. Elsewhere" and "Chicago Hope" where doctors and nurses rushed up and down hospital corridors, shouting orders, looking for charts and saving lives in the nick of time? Times have changed.
February 19, 2013
The vision back in 2004 was that in 10 years the healthcare industry would have complete interoperability from one provider to the next, from providers to patients to payers and back again. Now those 10 years are almost up. So how close is the industry to the original goal?
January 14, 2013
When the 2013 North American Connectathon kicks off in Chicago later this month, participants will have the opportunity to test their products under a new certification program that ensures their technology is secure and interoperable with other health IT solutions.
December 13, 2012
As Tim Zoph sees it, it's decision time for patient data security -- a defining moment for "one of the issues of our time in healthcare," that demands healthcare leaders everywhere step up. Zoph, CIO of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago since 1993 and a CHIME/HIMSS CIO of the Year, headlined the Healthcare IT News and HIMSS Media Privacy & Security Forum Dec. 12 in Boston.
December 10, 2012
Almost all of Illinois' 51 critical access hospitals have had electronic health record (EHR) systems for a while. One of the more pressing challenges -- aside from declining funding and late Medicaid payments from the state -- has been health information exchange.
November 20, 2012
It's been written that "imaging was given the cold shoulder in the first phase of the meaningful use program." Moving into Stage 2, that is no longer true. It looks to be easier for radiologists than its predecessor -- which is not to say they’ll flock to the incentive program en masse. Yet Stage 2 is likely to be widely discussed at RSNA 2012 in Chicago.
November 20, 2012
Illuminate PatientView, the newest application of Softek Illuminate's search engine and data aggregation technology, will be introduced at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting Nov. 25-30 at Chicago's McCormick Place and demonstrated by Softek associates in booth 9141.
November 20, 2012
The addition of three-dimensional breast imaging -- a technology called tomosynthesis -- to standard digital mammography significantly increases radiologists' diagnostic accuracy while reducing false positive recall rates, according to the results of a multi-center study published in Radiology.