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Health IT Pulse is the blog for the writers and editors of SearchHealthIT.com, which covers health care technology and electronic health records infrastructure, applications, management and compliance.


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CHIME and AHA launch Most Wired 2015 survey

January 21, 2015 - CMS may be the source of the definitive numbers about which hospitals, healthcare systems and physicians are attesting to meaningful use, but the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) knows which providers are “most wired.” CHIME, in conjunction with the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum, has opened the two groups’ “2015 Most Wired”...... READ MORE


CHIME and AHA launch Most Wired 2015 survey
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jan 21 2015

CMS may be the source of the definitive numbers about which hospitals, healthcare systems and physicians are attesting to meaningful use, but the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) knows which providers are “most wired.”

CHIME, in conjunction with the American Hospita…READ MORE


Health Information Trust Alliance creates health IT security group
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jan 20 2015

The success of health IT rests on users and beneficiaries learning to trust healthcare technology. A move made by The Health Information Trust Alliance put more stock in that statement. The alliance announced the formation of another group — the Health Information Technology and Medical Device Inte…READ MORE


Patient care metrics available from CMS
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jan 15 2015

Patients looking for more help in choosing providers that best fit their needs can now turn to new data on healthcare quality from CMS.

The care quality data provided by physician group practices, hospitals and accountable care organizations (ACOs) is available on the Medicare Web sites Physicia…READ MORE


A majority of patients would share their data for healthcare research
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jan 13 2015

Healthcare organizations searching for ways to improve the business aspect of their daily operations would be wise to keep an eye on future studies from healthcare researchers. Slightly more than half (53%) of patients said they would be willing to anonymously share their health data with researcher…READ MORE


With the new year in mind, a look back at hot health IT trends 20 years ago
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Jan 9 2015

As we jump into 2015, health IT professionals are familiar with the road ahead: Meaningful use debates, HIPAA audits, and EHR advances will all make headlines this year. And new technologies like wearable devices will push the boundaries of patient-centered care.

With that in mind, I thought it w…READ MORE


Jonathan Bush of athenahealth in media spotlight
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jan 7 2015

Jonathan Bush, CEO of athenahealth, Inc., is the pre-eminent personality in the EHR vendor universe.

A new Fortune profile of the mercurial businessman, cousin to a former president and nephew to another, paints his company’s recent More Disruption Please startup conference in Maine as a frathh…READ MORE


Six states profiled in State HIE Program study
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jan 6 2015

Participants in the State HIE Program believe its existence has increased awareness of HIE and that the value of the program will grow as it solidifies ties with supporting programs, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs).

The ONC created the State HIE Program in 2009, when it offered $564…READ MORE


Cerner-Siemens merger big 2015 story to watch
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Dec 31 2014

Cerner Corp.’s $1.3 billion acquisition of Siemens AG’s EHR unit was one of the big health IT stories of 2014.

Now, how the merged entity will fare in the turbulent EHR marketplace is one of the great anticipatory stories of 2015.

In the meantime, some prognosticators from KLAS Enterprises LLC…READ MORE


ICD-10 testing week numbers muddled by negative testing
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Dec 30 2014

Though they were part of a self-selected group that’s likely ahead of the game in transitioning to ICD-10, the results of trial claims submitted by healthcare providers to CMS may brighten the industry’s outlook on the viability of the coding update.

CMS accepted more than three-quarters (76%) of…READ MORE


CHIME boosts political and business profiles
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Dec 29 2014

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is flexing its political muscle and boosting its business profile.

CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell, in a statement timed to accompany a letter from 30 House lawmakers to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services p…READ MORE


2015 Healthcare IT community event calendar
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Dec 29 2014

SearchHealthIT has compiled a list of healthcare IT events for the upcoming year.
Know of an event that’s not included below? Suggest it in a comment and we’ll add it to the list!

January 2015
The Digital Health Summit (at 2015 International CES)
January 6 – 9 * Las Vegas, NV
http://ww…READ MORE


FDA proposal would make healthcare professionals go online for drug info
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Dec 23 2014

Concerned that patient safety is at risk in the current system, the FDA formally suggests the healthcare industry change the way practitioners receive information about any medications they are prescribed.

A recent FDA proposal outlines its plans to change the method of labeling of certain produc…READ MORE


Review the cyberattack on Sony Pictures in light of potential EHR theft
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Dec 22 2014

When was the last time you talked to your company’s emergency response planners? If you haven’t done so in a while, make it a New Year’s resolution to get a cup of coffee with them.

Since late 2013, we’ve seen high-stake data breaches at Target, Home Depot, and most recently, Sony Pictures Entert…READ MORE


CMS seeks comments on proposed rule for ACO program
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Dec 18 2014

Accountable care organizations are on the verge of receiving a supportive push from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to aid them in their mission of improving the quality of care coordination while reducing expenses.

CMS recently issued a proposed rule that aims to improve pol…READ MORE


Half of patients in ONC-funded trial chose to conceal sensitive personal health info
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Dec 17 2014

Some 50% of the patients who participated in an ONC-funded trial withheld clinically sensitive data from some or all of their healthcare providers. The trial examined the effects of patient access to their own medical records.

The study was designed and conducted by the Regenstrief Institute at I…READ MORE


Expansion of online appointment scheduling could lead to cost savings
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Dec 16 2014

Online patients will make 986 million medical appointments in the U.S. in 2019, accounting for 38% of all appointments made that year, according to projections compiled and reported by Accenture plc.

Accenture’s report also states that online appointment scheduling will generate $3.2 billion in s…READ MORE


Five physician-driven healthcare IT vendors
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Dec 16 2014

Guest post by Charles Settles, content writer, TechnologyAdvice

Poorly-designed workflows, charting, and other aspects of the user interface are common user frustrations with medical software. There are many causes for this, but one is likely the lack of physicians working in EHR design. Of the h…READ MORE


ONC releases federal strategic plan for health IT
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Dec 15 2014

The passage of the Affordable Care Act and the increasing amount of professionals and hospitals receiving payments from EHR incentives had significant influence on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020.  The plan — recently released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health In…READ MORE


Projection and reality clash in PwC, Health Research Institute data
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Dec 10 2014

Despite PricewaterhouseCoopers predicting mobile healthcare to remain fashionable in 2015, there’s measurable hesitance on the parts of both patients and physicians to use mobile technology during the course of care, according to new research.

Most clinicians (86%) agree that mobile applications …READ MORE


Presidential panel aims connected health at cancer
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Dec 9 2014

Connected health is one of the fastest-growing and most fascinating of all the health IT sub-categories, particularly because it has two meanings: it deals both with electronic, usually remote, links between providers and patients, and also with connections between providers.

Connected health is …READ MORE


Medicare EHR incentive deadlines extended
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Dec 4 2014

Hospitals will have more time to submit meaningful use data, receive 2014 program incentive payments and avoid payment adjustments for 2016. All of that is possible because of a CMS decision that extended the deadline for meaningful use attestation measures. Among the changes  is a deadline extensi…READ MORE


RSNA 2014 draws more than 55,000 to Chicago
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Dec 3 2014

CHICAGO — Welcome to RSNA 2014, the biggest, baddest granddaddy or grandmommy of all medical shows.

Actually, the Radiological Society of North America  Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting — held in the Windy City for years — is one of the biggest trade shows of any kind in the world.

T…READ MORE


The slow disappearance of the fax machine in healthcare
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Dec 3 2014

Guest post by Yvonne Li, co-founder of SurMD

As most healthcare practitioners and administrators know all too well, the use of fax machines is deeply engrained in the day-to-day information workflow across the healthcare system. In fact, the 2012 National Physicians Survey reported that the fax m…READ MORE


CIOs, ECRI Institute set their sights on health data security for 2015
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Dec 2 2014

Healthcare CIOs and hospital IT departments setting goals for next year are staring down a familiar task: maintaining healthcare data security on limited budget resources.

A group of CIOs representing eight healthcare organizations met at the Scottsdale Institute 2014 Fall CIO Summit to discuss h…READ MORE


Laptop theft exposes protected health information, brings six-figure fine
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Nov 26 2014

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston must pay the state of Massachusetts a $100,000 fine due the theft of an employee’s laptop in May 2012. The laptop — which was not issued by BIDMC — contained the unencrypted protected health information of 3,796 patients and employees. Beyond medical …READ MORE


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