Today’s Headlines

Omobolo Johnson
In what's being hailed as a "spectacular success story," the World Health Organization has declared Nigeria free of the Ebola virus transmission, with public health agencies and government officials citing a mobile health initiative as largely responsible for the triumph. more
With basic health IT now near-ubiquitous across healthcare, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has announced substantial new... more
Operating costs, ICD-10, keeping pace with new technologies, and surviving in a world of changing payment models -- those are just some of the... more
Commercial insurers inaccurately process about 20 percent of claims filed by medical practices. It's an industry standard that has weathered the... more
With more than 350 exhibitors on the show floor, including many for the first time, MGMA's exhibit hall is expected to be abuzz with activity... more
"I've never seen this level of frustration in our membership, as I have in the past six to eight months or so," says MGMA Senior... more
The healthcare industry is swimming in Social Security numbers, thanks to the necessities of patient record management technology. But balancing... more
Boston Children's Hospital has named three finalists to compete for $30,000 and investment advice from industry leaders in the hospital's... more
"It isn't out of the realm of the possible" that medical device security flaws could "cause severe injury or death,"... more
While Ebola stokes public anxiety, more than one in six hospitals -- including some top medical centers -- are having trouble stamping out less... more
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences was announced as the latest HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award winner on Wednesday. It's the most... more
With sights set on leveraging predictive analytics in the clinical setting, IBM and researchers at the University of Michigan have launched a project... more
Wes Wright, chief information officer of Seattle Children's Hospital, had a couple big reasons for embracing a virtual desktop infrastructure... more
The Ebola cases in the United States, despite their limited numbers, have generated considerable discussion and anxiety. But the focus on EHRs in... more
For wearable technology to live up to the hype, especially when it comes to healthcare, it will have to be "interoperable, integrated, engaging... more
One of the most frequent complaints in John Halamka's email inbox these days is that electronic health records are filled with data, but little... more
Healthcare IT News is gathering information and input on patient engagement for a future project. As healthcare transitions to new value-based... more
Frustration with electronic health records has never been higher among RNs, with vast majorities complaining of poor workflows, bad communication and... more
The folks at Penn Medicine know a little something about putting data analytics to work. After identifying three years ago that their sepsis... more
One of the takeaways of a recent survey conducted by Software Advice indicates that mHealth users are better at using electronic health records --... more
Partners HealthCare CIO James Noga is just beginning to envision what the infrastructure for big data will look like for the Boston health system... more
In a congressional hearing Thursday, a Texas Health Resources executive joined other clinical stakeholders in the U.S. Ebola crisis to shed light on... more
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, is the founder and director of the Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare in Boston, talks with mHealth... more
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which represents more than 1,400 CIOs, and Health Level Seven International are working... more
Charles Jaffe, MD, CEO of standards organization HL7, came away from the joint meeting of the federal Health IT Policy and Health IT Standards... more
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has teamed up with the Bay State's largest hospital in a new partnership aimed at addressing three... more
In a bid to drive better quality, wider access and improved care coordination through health information technology, the Centers for Medicare &... more
Integral to effective care coordination with Medicaid beneficiaries involves the ability to communicate with sick and chronically ill patients. But... more
The overarching message delivered to joint HIT Policy and Standards Committees by the JASON task force on Oct. 15: The government should "act... more
ONC's work to drive interoperability is under perhaps more intense scrutiny than ever. Yet, a sense emerged on Wednesday morning during a... more
Cash flow into the healthcare IT sector may just have reached its limit. Coming down from a torrid second quarter, Q3 venture capital funding for the... more
ABILITY Network, which develops workflow technology for hospitals, home health agencies and other care settings, will acquire MD On-Line, maker of... more
While it's clear how Apple's HealthKit and the newest smartphones will play in the healthcare realm, Apple Pay, which the company is... more
A coalition of healthcare associations today called on HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to revamp the meaningful use program. "Without changes to... more
Maine's largest city this past week announced plans to put grant money to work developing a business hub centered around health informatics,... more
Here's the good news: Seventy-seven percent of free-standing physician practices have an ambulatory electronic medical record system installed,... more
An academic medical center in California is notifying patients of a HIPAA breach after officials discovered that a physician's email account had... more
National coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, revealed on Tuesday that ONC now has a new Chief Privacy Officer. "She brings a set of rich experiences... more
Once the outbreak in West Africa happened and spread to other countries in that region, was it inevitable that Ebola would reach the U.S.? And should... more
Tech giant Google is trying out the telehealth waters, after reports last week confirmed the company was in the trial phase of a video-based platform... more
Providers have begun to make targeted use of leading-edge technologies to optimize their electronic medical records, but the vast majority don't... more
Stage 2 of meaningful use is supposed to be about interoperability of data, with electronic records flowing securely between sites as needed to help... more
Premier healthcare alliance has offered to put its data analytics to use to help the White House fight antibiotic resistant bacteria, which Premier... more
The Federal Trade Commission has some news for health IT vendors whose zeal for competitive marketshare outweighs their willingness to share data:... more
Health IT infrastructure has made significant progress in recent years, with EHR adoption among hospitals and physicians growing. However, the... more
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is exporting its knowledge and management services around the world, to countries like China and... more
It's official. The Louisiana-based health system has become the first Epic EHR shop to integrate its electronic health record with Apple's... more
Arguing that the current up-in-the-air regulatory climate is hindering innovation in health information technology, an array of vendors and industry... more
RTI International has landed a contract with the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to develop a roadmap for a national health IT... more
Medicare is fining a record number of hospitals -- 2,610 -- for having too many patients return within a month for additional treatments, federal... more
It may not come as any surprise: Electronic health record vendors don't play well with others. At least that's according to healthcare... more

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