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

Epic CEO Judy Faulkner
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You’ve probably heard that Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner wants to drop the E from electronic...

By Bernie Monegain |
Amazon getting into healthcare
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Amazon has started a secret lab at its Seattle headquarters to explore business prospects in the...

By Bernie Monegain |
VA VistA commercial EHR
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VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, told House Committee on Veterans Affairs' members on March 8 that...

By Jessica Davis |
datacenter cloud analytics
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Every time Carolinas HealthCare System gets rid of server or storage hardware, someone in the IT...

By Tom Sullivan |
healthcare revenue cycle management
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A want ad recently appeared on the website of Verona, Wisconsin-based electronic health record...

By Mike Miliard |
CapEx vs. OpEx cloud computing
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When the University of California San Diego and UC Irvine Health revealed in mid-November that...

By Tom Sullivan |

Big surprises in 2017

eClinicalWorks to settle suit
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Electronic health records vendor eClinicalWorks has agreed to pay $155 million to resolve a False...

By Tom Sullivan |
8 execs resign from Trump’s cybersecurity council
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Eight members of the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council resigned last week...

By Jessica Davis |
Kaspersky banned by Homeland Security
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on all...

By Jessica Davis |
Bill would jail execs who conceal data breaches
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Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, introduced a bill Thursday that would require all U.S. organizations...

By Jessica Davis |
VA failed to report poor performance
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failed to report 90 percent of poor-performing providers...

By Jessica Davis |
Cerner sued
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Wisconsin-based Agnesian Healthcare is suing Cerner for fraud and breach of warranty, claiming...

By Jessica Davis |
EHR vendor CliniComp sues government over no-bid VA contract with Cerner
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San Diego-based electronic health record vendor CliniComp has filed a bid protest with the U.S....

By Jessica Davis |
Cher sues Soon-Shiong
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Iconic performer Cher is suing biotech mogul Patrick Soon-Shiong, Altor Acquisition, Altor...

By Jessica Davis |

Emerging trends taking hold in 2017

Allscripts Cerner Epic
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Top executives at three electronic health record companies — Allscripts, Cerner and Epic —...

By Tom Sullivan |
HIE business models
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Health information exchanges have for years been plagued by the looming question: Is HIE as a...

By Tom Sullivan |
email malware
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Healthcare providers are overwhelmingly concerned by the potential threat of a breach caused by...

By Jessica Davis |
mobile health
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Anupam Goel has a big prediction: More and more patients will bring their own medical data into...

By Bill Siwicki |
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The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, aka ICS-CERT, was busy in November...

By Tom Sullivan |
NewYork-Presbyterian's AI command center
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At an off-site support building two miles from NewYork-Presbyterian’s Weill Cornell Medical...

By Bill Siwicki |
AI machine learning Moore's Law
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Artificial intelligence: Savvy hospitals are deploying AI and its technological brethren...

By Tom Sullivan |
gene editing and cellular therapies
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When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued new guidance earlier this month on how...

By Mike Miliard |
telehealth programs
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Telehealth has seen a surge of systems implementing programs in a variety of clinical settings...

By Wendy Almeida |
Blockchain in healthcare
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The variety of potential blockchain deployments in healthcare is getting wider. When ONC put...

By Mike Miliard |
As AI spreads through healthcare, ethical questions arise
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As U.S. hospitals work to transform their IT infrastructure, workflows and data management...

By Mike Miliard |
AI tech for hospitals
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As Amazon's Alexa makes "herself" comfortable in more and more homes, she and similar artificial...

By Mike Miliard |
Epic Nuance AI EHR
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Nuance Communications and Epic are partnering to integrate the artificial intelligence...

By Mike Miliard |
Blockchain in healthcare
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Blockchain has the potential to transform healthcare in general and the pharmacy supply chain in...

By Bill Siwicki |
Blockchain in healthcare
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The considerable hype around blockchain is starting to be tempered by enterprises earning...

By Bill Siwicki |
Women IT leaders
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While the number of women in health IT leadership positions have grown over the years, there is...

By Jessica Davis |

Big changes in HIT this year

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Telemedicine is becoming increasingly popular as the financial benefits for providers who offer...

By Jeff Lagasse |
CMS ONC Meaningful Measures
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Two top federal health officials are talking about cutting the regulatory red tape for how...

By Susan Morse |
HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf
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When Hal Wolf looks at the future of HIMSS, he sees “tremendous opportunities” but he is also...

By Gus Venditto |
EHR Regulatory Relief Act
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A group of United States Senators on Thursday put forth legislation intended to reduce the burden...

By Tom Sullivan |
telemedicine offered by employers
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Faced with another 5 percent increase in healthcare benefit costs, a growing number of large U.S....

By Bill Siwicki |
FDA medical device approval
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning to add a new voluntary, alternative pathway for...

By Jessica Davis |
ONC posts patient-data matching best practices framework
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT published the Patient Demographic Data...

By Bernie Monegain |
CMS interoperability
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If there is one thing Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma hopes...

By Jessica Davis |
Tom Price resigns as HHS Secretary
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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD, stepped down from the post on Friday....

By Tom Sullivan |

Great interviews with industry leaders

Allscripts CEO Paul Black
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In part one of our two-part Q&A with Allscripts CEO Paul Black on Thursday, he explained how...

By Mike Miliard |
eClinicalWorks electronic health record
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Since its settlement with the Department of Justice in late May, eClinicalWorks has been under...

By Tom Sullivan |
value-based healthcare
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The healthcare sector is in flux: Regulations are changing, reform may be on its way and the...

By Jessica Davis |
NIH All of Us program gearing up for ‘precision engagement,' Eric Dishman says
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It may seem overhyped at the moment. And its technical and clinical complexities are certainly...

By Mike Miliard |
FHIR interoperability coexist HL7
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Once again this year, HL7's FHIR specification was a hot topic at HIMSS17, a burning issue...

By Mike Miliard |
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When Providence Health and Services began its shift into value-based care and improving patient...

By Jessica Davis |
M*Modal CMIO
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While technology is necessary for the modern healthcare landscape, often the complexity can...

By Jessica Davis |
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When the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement merged...

By Jessica Davis |
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MGMA President and CEO Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, is a nationally recognized healthcare executive,...

By Bernie Monegain |

VA's move to commercial EHR

VA VistA commercial EHR
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VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, told House Committee on Veterans Affairs' members on March 8 that...

By Jessica Davis |
VA VistA picks Cerner
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will replace the outdated VistA electronic health record...

By Jessica Davis |
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When it comes to whether the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should replace its VistA EHR...

By Jessica Davis |
Cerner EHR project for VA
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It will take 18 months for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to launch the new Cerner...

By Jessica Davis |
VA Cerner EHR
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spent $1.1 billion with 138 contractors from 2011 to 2016...

By Jessica Davis |
VA Cerner EHR
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released its report on the functional requirements...

By Jessica Davis |

Game-changing cybersecurity stories of 2017

WannaCry ransomware
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The National Health Service in England and Scotland was hit by a large ransomware attack that has...

By Jessica Davis |
ransomware attack in Europe
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A massive, data-scrambling ransomware attack is sweeping across Europe and causing mass...

By Jessica Davis |
ransomware attack
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Nuance Communications, a major provider of voice and language tools, fell victim to the global...

By Jessica Davis |
Accenture data breach
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Technology and cloud leader Accenture inadvertently left four Amazon Web Services S3 buckets open...

By Jessica Davis |
HHS, FDA, VA among 24 federal agencies with ineffective security
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration and the Department...

By Jessica Davis |
petya cyberattack ransomware
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Nuance Communications, a major provider of voice and language tools is still down on Thursday...

By Jessica Davis |

The best from our events

3 troubling security trends
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BOSTON — Cyberthreats are getting broader, more frequent, increasingly disruptive, and not to...

By Tom Sullivan |
healthcare cybersecurity risk
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BOSTON -- Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, on Monday...

By Tom Sullivan |
5 principles of value-based care
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CHICAGO -- Washington is missing the point on health insurance and it’s not likely that Congress...

By Tom Sullivan |
 precision medicine breakthrough is about apps, not EHRs
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Whatever may become the killer app for precision medicine might not be apparent just yet, but one...

By Tom Sullivan |
Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum
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Social determinants of health are not just about soft skills and the promise of helping patients...

By Tom Sullivan |
precision medicine evolving tech
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John Halamka, MD, was just the second human being to be sequenced in the landmark Personal Genome...

By Mike Miliard |
Susan Hawkins Population Health
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CHICAGO -- Change is dominating the state of population health management in 2017. Whether it's...

By Mike Miliard |
healthcare cybersecurity
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I stepped into the Healthcare Security Forum this week in Boston hoping to walk away with perhaps...

By Tom Sullivan |
Get social data in EHRs to bring precision medicine to population health
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BOSTON -- Personalized care depends on a lot more than a person's molecular makeup. In fact, it...

By Mike Miliard |

Predictions for 2018

PwC: Top 12 defining healthcare issues of 2018
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The continued uncertainty and risk the healthcare industry will face in 2018 will motivate...

By Bill Siwicki |
2018 healthcare predictions
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Health IT is in a very fluid state and evolving quickly. Hospital executives and technology...

By Bill Siwicki |
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Moving into 2018, hospitals and health systems continue to face many challenges in implementing,...

By Bill Siwicki |
ECRI's top 10 tech hazards for 2018
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The ECRI Institute has unveiled its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018, which highlights...

By Beth Jones Sanborn |
Tom 10 healthcare innovations for 2018
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For the 15th year in a row, Cleveland Clinic this week revealed the top 10 innovations doctors at...

By Bernie Monegain |
2018 Cybersecurity prediction
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For about two years, the healthcare industry has come up against some major cyber threats....

By Jessica Davis |