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A critical access hospital in southern Illinois was targeted by an unknown party with access to protected health information, who threatened to release more data unless a "substantial" ransom payment was made. more
Revenue cycle upgrades at U.S. hospitals have been pushed aside, in favor of preparation for the October 2015 ICD-10 transition and the chase for... more
Researchers from Kaiser Permanente and Weill Cornell Medical College have pointed to the importance of tracking the effectiveness and safety of... more
IT company HTC Global Services has acquired CareTech Solutions, an IT and Web products and services provider for U.S. hospitals and healthcare... more
In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and... more
In 2012, ARcare undertook a fast-paced transition to a next-generation electronic health record system. Less than two years later, it was nationally... more
Stage 2 meaningful use attestations have shown an uptick, but many providers still struggle. With the Flex-IT Act gaining traction in the House, Rep... more
Perhaps CD-ROMs are not the best storage media when it comes to safeguarding the health information of your patients -- especially when one of your... more
New findings published Dec. 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine affirms a practice for stroke response that has been employed by Donald Frei,... more
Don't dismiss the healthcare industry as one of the last to innovate quite yet. When it comes to adopting cloud technology, it is ahead of the... more
Could younger patients be the key to achieving Stage 2 meaningful use patient access requirements? A new report finds strong desire for online... more
The government has divvied up more than $665 million to states for designing and testing ways to improve healthcare quality, accessibility and... more
The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative is a new national trade organization of HIEs, banding together to gain economies of scale,... more
Sony Pictures last week notified employees that their medical data and Social Security numbers were swiped in a cyberattack, a breach that has... more
Private physician practices will soon be a thing of the past according to a new survey that shows them dwindling year over year as more doctors opt... more
HIMSS Analytics has awarded Cleveland Clinic Health System with its Stage 7 Ambulatory Award, lauding the health system's outpatient settings... more
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will deploy IBM's Watson technology as it builds its clinical reasoning system to help physicians make... more
In a recent interview with mHealth News, Naomi Fried, formerly chief innovation officer at Boston Children's Hospital, discusses how to get the... more
Quality care is top of mind for Maureen Bisognano, RN. It has been since she was a young nurse, and it became a true mission as she worked side by... more
When it comes to helping healthcare organizations develop value-based strategies and build accountable care organizations, Deloitte ranks first,... more
As Time magazine named those fighting the Ebola epidemic its collective "Person Of The Year," a morning keynote and panel discussion last... more
In November, a fresh batch of disheartening Stage 2 attestation numbers prompted several industry groups to once again implore the Centers for... more
After a track record of success since it was founded decade ago – including a crucial five years in which it helped the federal EHR incentive program... more
Washington set its sights on data exchange, but changes at ONC have some wondering just how much impact the feds can have. more
As the "race to the wrist" intensifies and more and more smartwatches and fitness bands enter the market, one has to wonder who stands a... more
Need a doctor? Better yet, wish you could roll back time and get that physician to come to you? Well, you’re in luck: Pardon the cliché, but there’s... more
Patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania might wonder why their nurses are always on their smartphones – until they learn those... more
Nurses just might be the original practitioners of mHealth. Even during the pre-smartphone era, they typically carried pagers around everywhere –... more
Patient engagement is one of the more popular topics in the mHealth landscape these days, and with the mHealth Summit right around the corner (really... more
In the second biggest HIPAA breach ever reported, one of the nation's largest healthcare systems has notified some 4.5 million of its patients... more
To those shirking their HIPAA privacy and security duties: get ready to pay up. That's the message the Department of Health and Human Services... more
The nation’s largest electronic medical record vendor has an image problem. Verona, Wis.-based Epic has come under fire this year over its lack of... more
Not only is data getting bigger, it's getting smarter. In this age of big data, analytics in healthcare has expanded from business intelligence... more
The mood was hopeful as 2014 dawned. "This is the year," said Robert Tagalicod, director of the Office of E-Health Standards and Services... more
When 2014 began, industry groups – hospitals, physician practices, payers, vendors – were working diligently and dutifully toward an Oct. 1 ICD-10... more
As the deadly Ebola virus made landfall in the U.S. for the first time in 2014, it raised a host of questions about electronic health records,... more
It's a chilling reality – one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S... more
While many hospitals have made strides, there are still many tough nuts to crack on the patient safety front, according to the results of a survey... more
In the past decade, several studies have come out suggesting that CPOE can introduce and even magnify errors without proper safeguards, particularly... more
Healthcare organizations with long-established electronic health records run the risk of "note bloat" and compromised patient safety unless... more
The numbers do the talking. The healthcare IT sector raked in records amount of venture capital cash in 2014, with industry startups walking away... more
In August, Cerner Corp. announced it had inked an agreement to acquire Siemens' health IT business unit, Siemens Health Services, for $1.3... more
When Apple announced in June that it was working with the Mayo Clinic on an app that would integrate healthcare information from other third-party... more
Each month in this space, we speak to HIMSS Analytics Executive Vice President Hoyt and HIMSS Analytics Senior Director of Research Jennifer Horowitz... more
The risk of experiencing a data breach "is higher than ever," according to Experian's second annual industry forecast, which shows how... more
McKesson this week launched McKesson Ventures, a strategic fund that will invest in early and growth stage companies aimed at tackling the big... more
"The demand for health informatics workers is projected to grow at twice the rate of employment overall, but there is strong evidence that the... more
KLAS has undertaken the daunting task of sorting out who's who in the emerging field of population health management technology. In a new report... more
Montefiore Medical Center delivers care to some 2 million people in the Bronx and beyond, and has been a longtime leader in population health... more
What's the healthcare C-suite planning for in the coming year? While everybody seems to have differing opinions, there's a consensus that... more
Having established a level of trust and familiarity with electronic health records over the past few years, increasing numbers of U.S. patients are... more

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