Neil Versel is a freelance health IT journalist in Chicago. He has been a professional journalist since 1992, focusing on healthcare since 2000.
By Neil Versel 06:28 am November 19, 2013
Wish there could be a delay of Stage 2 meaningful use? Talk to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, not the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. And don't hold your breath.
By Neil Versel 09:12 am November 18, 2013
An early pioneer in medical informatics, Morris F. Collen, MD, one of seven founding partners of the Permanente Medical Group, turned 100 on Nov. 12.
By Neil Versel 09:55 am October 23, 2013
The "real opponents" to a unique patient identification system "are the privacy advocates," said Sharp HealthCare CIO Bill Spooner in his call for a national patient ID at the CHIME Fall CIO Forum earlier this month. He was right.
By Neil Versel 10:36 am October 15, 2013
The patient identification issue refuses to go away, mainly because nobody has quite figured out how to assure proper patient identity in health information exchange. At the CHIME Fall CIO Forum in Phoenix, some leading hospital CIOs emphasized the importance of accurate patient matching.
By Neil Versel 10:56 am October 11, 2013
Though he no longer has authority over meaningful use regulations, former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, said that due to the nature of the federal regulatory process, it would be difficult to introduce more flexibility for complying with the Stage 2 rules.
By Neil Versel 10:33 am October 10, 2013
Healthcare organizations with long-established electronic health records run the risk of "note bloat" and compromised patient safety unless they standardize physician documentation procedures and limit the amount of cutting-and-pasting doctors have to do, attendees of CHIME's Fall CIO Forum heard at a session on Oct. 9.
By Neil Versel 10:59 am 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.
By Neil Versel 02:37 pm February 18, 2013
While the Department of Health and Human Services touts the popularity of the meaningful use incentive program - some 3,525 hospitals nationwide and 175,000 individual providers had successfully met Stage 1 requirements through the end of 2012 - news about EHRs has not been all rosy of late.
By Neil Versel 12:00 am January 01, 2013
Hospitals can have hundreds of IT systems. Vendors have built proprietary databases. Not everyone follows the same standards. Health systems fear sharing data with competitors. Policymakers have not focused on health information exchange or EHR usability.
By Neil Versel 10:13 am November 08, 2012
An expert panel at the just-concluded American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium in Chicago discusses why interoperability in healthcare remains elusive.