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MU Stage 2 final gives providers some flexibility.
The Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use August 29 that offers hospitals and physicians flexibility for 2014. 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
In a project that could be a boon for ALS patients, and potentially others with neurodegenerative conditions, Philips and Accenture have developed... more
The Protecting Access to Medicare law enacted earlier this year is rather ignominiously known for delaying the inevitable ICD-10 conversion, but it... 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
It's official. The Government Accountability Office today affirmed what the general public knew this past October: the launch of the HealthCare.... more
Few healthcare IT policies these days are as delicate, sensitive and potentially emotionally explosive as efforts to restrict or regulate employee... more
Increasingly, it seems Capitol Hill may be starting to question the long-term mission of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health... more
It turns out, ONC's electronic health record certification process has some serious shortcomings -- chief among them security practices that are... more
The feds have been taking a bit of a drubbing lately, what with the paltry early returns for Stage 2 meaningful use attestations. more
There's been a lot of talk about compliance lately. Federal and state regulations. HIPAA regulations. more
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, with more than 1,400 CIO and IT team members, recently published a case study that... more
My father Mark Versel passed away May 11, 2012, from a most insidious disease called multiple system atrophy, or MSA. more
Patient safety has received more attention than usual recently -- with a new survey by The Leapfrog Group, a Senate inquiry, articles in the consumer... more
Last month, I reported on preliminary findings from Healthgrades and HIMSS Analytics showing that more sophisticated deployments of electronic... more
Sure, HIPAA adds a layer of privacy protection for certain health data -- if organizations actually comply with it -- but there remains myriad... more
A Rhode Island hospital, which nearly two years ago notified 14,000 patients of a HIPAA breach, agreed July 23 to hand over $150,000 to settle... more
In one of the largest HIPAA breaches ever reported, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is notifying some 1.3 million people... more
There has been no increase in new patient visits since the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to ACAView, a report from cloud-based EHR... more
With Stage 2 of a planned three stages just barely underway, it probably is too soon to assess the overall effect of the $27 billion federal EHR... more
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One reason health IT appears to be falling short on its promise of improving patient safety is that it's difficult to translate clinical... more
A July report from Frost & Sullivan predicted that hospital-based secure mobile communications could be a $240 million market in the U.S. by 2020. 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.... more
As the U.S. population grows, the physician workforce shrinks, and information technology fundamentally changes the way care is delivered, the... 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 the most... more
It was announced earlier this summer that Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System, will step down... more
Computerized physician order entry -- or CPOE -- has come a long way over the past 10 years, not only in physician uptake, but also in boosting... more
Venture capital funding for health information technology surpassed $1 billion for the first time in Q2 2014 -- far surpassed, in fact, with $1.8... more
Seven health IT startups have landed a spot in the 2014 New York Health Accelerator. more
There's talk of an acquisition that just might change the landscape of the health IT market. more
In a region dominated by one insurer and teeming with health systems, accountable care models are gaining provider acceptance but still accumulating... more
In a security landscape where threats are multiplying and criminals are getting craftier, simple HIPAA compliance is nowhere near enough more
It's official. After 11 months of talk, the Department of Defense is now taking proposals for its electronic health record modernization project... more
In a move meant to broaden its reach, improve security and help providers meet meaningful use, Georgia Health Information Network has upgraded its... more
A Mississippi health system and three hospitals in Texas, Indiana and Alabama are illustrating how hospitals can thrive, even in a tough economic... more
HHS has tapped an insurance industry veteran who managed one of the few well-functioning state exchanges during the initial enrollment period to lead... more
Ambulatory practices both large and small say they're thinking hard about replacing their EMR, according to a new KLAS report. Hospitals, too,... more
Cedars-Sinai Health System is notifying its patients of a HIPAA breach, after an unencrypted hospital laptop containing patient medical data and... more
It has historically been difficult for public health officials -- especially at cash-strapped state and local departments -- to gauge whether their... more
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has raised public awareness about the risks of healthcare associated infections, as U.S. healthcare workers... more
Nuance Communications has shared 3 billion medical images through its cloud-based PowerShare Network, a feat company executives hail as "an... more
U.S. chief technology officer Todd Park is reportedly packing up to head back West -- Silicon Valley, specifically. more
Health IT companies once again made it to the list of fastest growing companies this year, with three big name EHR vendors chief among them. more
A new survey and study conducted by HIMSS Analytics shows demand for qualified health IT workers is as high as it's ever been and "... more
Stage 2 of meaningful use requires at least 5 percent of a given provider's patients to be engaged in their own care either through an online... more

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