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October 2013

2014 initiatives, big data projects are driving health IT investments

It's hard to exaggerate how difficult 2014 will be for healthcare provider IT leaders. I'm picturing Sisyphus rolling his boulder up Meaningful Use Mountain, halfway there. Except it's icy, a complication caused by ICD-10. And dangerous crosswinds called HIPAA risk-based data security implementations are whipping up. Don't look now, but an avalanche of IT-driven big data projects mandated by public and commercial payers’ accountable care payment schemes is rushing down from above. No way he'll make it to the top. No way. Sounds a bit on the glass-half-full side, judging from senior CIOs we interviewed courtesy of the College of Health Information Management Executives, or CHIME, who speak out on our "Information Exchange" page in this month's Pulse. Thankfully, infrastructure investments will make some of these projects go. Getting cell-signal penetration throughout a facility can enable practitioner mobility, so physicians and nurses can meaningfully use their tablets and smartphone EHR apps. We explore the latest pros and cons...

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