Today’s Headlines

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Fewer than 25 percent of physicians say electronic health records have made them more efficient, and not even 33 percent of them say EHRs have improved care quality, according to a new survey. more
The Healthcare IT News/HIMSS Media Privacy & Security Forum in Boston featured 47 speakers who shared info and strategized over how to combat... more
Just one day after a chorus of industry groups implored HHS to reconsider its burdensome Stage 2 attestation requirements, a new bi-partisan bill... more
As the Affordable Care Act shifts the reimbursement landscape, hospitals are adjusting their recruiting practices -- turning and eye toward... more
Texas Health is hardly the only hospital or health network that struggles to convince the CEO, CFO or other board members just how critical funding... more
The American Medical Association, which represents more than 200,000 members, says it's time to fix poorly designed EHRs so doctors can use them... more
In a pointed letter sent to HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell on Monday, a who's-who of industry stakeholders complained of "immediate... more
You might say the CIO and IT team at Harrisburg Medical Center are hands on. When it came to tackling the toughest piece of meaningful use Stage 2,... more
National Health IT Week kicked off this Monday in Washington, DC, with a litany of prepared speeches and big names in the health IT arena. Among the... more
The challenge for the Carolinas Healthcare System was to reduce the readmission rate for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The... more
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has appointed Lana Moriarty to be the new head of its Consumer eHealth division. more
Outsourcing company Cognizant, which provides healthcare technology services to providers and payers, will buy health IT software company TriZetto... more
Electronic health record behemoth Epic Systems has inked a deal with a lobbying firm to work on its interoperability image -- one that has left a... more
DuBois Regional Medical Center in DuBois, Pa. was first to attest to Stage 2 of meaningful use among a handful of hospitals that attested early.... more
In order to connect the nation's veterans with their healthcare records, the Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new mHealth campaign... more
A Huntsville, Ala., clinical diagnostics laboratory has notified more than 7,000 individuals of a HIPAA breach after the company discovered protected... more
CMS and ONC disappointed many CIOs and IT teams around the country on Aug. 29 when it issued a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use that lacked the... more
With the war already underway, how can hospitals and networks prepare? Chief information security officers share insights about shifting toward more... more
When the Office for Civil Rights knocks on your door, asking about HIPAA compliance, it pays to be ready. And OCR is looking to audit providers... more
ONC and HHS issued a final rule today that they say will give EHR makers, health IT developers, providers and consumers more flexibility and clarity... more
How do individual states stack up when it comes to telemedicine coverage and reimbursement? A new report from the American Telemedicine Association... more
Optum Labs, which was launched by UnitedHealth and the Mayo Clinic to mine deidentified patient data for innovative healthcare research, has four new... more
Apple is out with its latest, much-anticipated products, and taking a step into healthcare with a new iPhone-enabled watch. Will this be a big step... more
Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed several new products today, iPhone 6, an app called Health and the Apple Watch, with health and fitness capabilities.... more
Seattle Children's has received a $5.56 million grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to pilot a program deploying... more
The Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services is the latest entity to face criticism over its handling of electronic health record incentive... more
PwC US announced on Friday it would put in a bid for the Department of Defense EHR contract, proposing an open source system. The PwC team would go... more
In their latest collaboration, Mayo Clinic will enlist IBM's Watson cognitive computing technology to help match patients more quickly with... more
Deloitte's Harry Greenspun, MD, sees exciting new advances on the horizon for mobile health technology, but also has some concerns. On the plus... more
The fear of breaches, subsequent fines and reputation loss are among the reasons why some healthcare technology leaders have been hesitant to embrace... more
Apple is expected to launch HealthKit on Tuesday along with a new iPhone and a much anticipated wearable device, called iWatch. But while the company... more, the government's insurance enrollment website, was breached in July by a hacker or hackers, according to CMS officials at a... more
After looking at all the possible options, Denver-based National Jewish Health decided to go in-house to develop its patient portal, and that's... more
After it was reported that U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park was leaving his post, immediate speculation was that a Googler and a Twitter... more
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C., has posted losses for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, ending June 30. It's the second... more
In part two of his Healthcare IT News Q&A, Micky Tripathi lays out the ways interoperability can finally be brought to fruition in the U.S. over... more
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has been reshaping itself for the future and is working on its strategic plan alongside a 10-... more
Even before the Department of Health and Human Services posted the final rule declaring Oct. 1, 2015 as the compliance deadline, industry analysts... more
Neil Versel's father Mark Versel passed away May 11, 2012, from an insidious disease called multiple system atrophy, or MSA. In tribute to his... more
Micky Tripathi talks about the JASON Task Force, the market pressures pushing for data sharing and the way forward for health information exchange. more
The Department of Homeland Security has gone live with eClinicalWorks' cloud-based electronic health record system at 23 sites across the... more
The 47th and final speaker to join the HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum in Boston Sept. 8-9 has quite a tale to tell.... more
A startup that plans to take Google Glass to healthcare and other markets has landed $8.4 million in venture capital. more
Our monthly "Benchmarks" report finds encouraging news on many healthcare privacy fronts. But some recent high-profile breaches show that... more
The Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use Aug. 29 offering hospitals and physicians flexibility... more
Two large health insurers are hoping a new "public utility" patient data sharing service will improve one of the most pernicious problems... more
Healthcare privacy and security experts from around the U.S. will gather in Boston, Sept. 8-9 to share information and strategize over how to combat... more
The National Institutes of Health has issued a final policy it hopes will promote genomic data sharing as a way to improve health while still... more
A restrictive new rule change from the Drug Enforcement Administration, making it more difficult for physicians to prescribe opioids, will... more
Healthcare organizations are struggling to get a handle on population health, according to a new report from Chilmark Research, which reveals a... more
Consider the Assumption of Breach methodology that Seattle Children's Hospital Chief Information Security Officer Cris Ewell will delve into at... more

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