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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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HIMSS reports spike in health IT security worries

July 1, 2015 - Until recently cyber-security was one of many issues for health IT executives; now it is top of mind for most. Anecdotally, it is abundantly clear how widespread increased worry about cyber-attacks on healthcare data networks is. Also, a recent SearchHealthIT survey found that security systems are the number one buying priority for health IT pros...... READ MORE


HIMSS reports spike in health IT security worries
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jul 1 2015

Until recently cyber-security was one of many issues for health IT executives; now it is top of mind for most.

Anecdotally, it is abundantly clear how widespread increased worry about cyber-attacks on healthcare data networks is. Also, a recent SearchHealthIT survey found that security systems ar…READ MORE


FDA group to support combined EHR, electronic data capture systems
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jun 30 2015

Clinical research and patient information captured during treatment are kept in different electronic systems and by separate organizations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to support projects that bring point-of-care data and research data together by combining EHR and electronic d…READ MORE


The reason some doctors quit? EHRs, says one noted columnist
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jun 25 2015

The general consensus surrounding the movement to EHRs, at least from what I’ve heard and read, is that, although not perfect, EHRs are a good thing for doctors, healthcare organizations and patients alike. Where the problems come in are with the other stuff. For example, the lack of interoperabilit…READ MORE


CommonWell grows, despite Epic absence
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jun 24 2015

Despite the continued absence of health IT’s biggest name, the CommonWell Health Alliance, a vendor-backed interoperability group, keeps growing.

EHR giant Epic Systems Corp. is the notable non-participant, even defending its decision to stay out of CommonWell in a recent Senate hearing, but th…READ MORE


FDA makes a deal with online patient group to study patient-reported drug safety data
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jun 23 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is teaming up with the largest online patient network to collect and study patient-reported drug safety data. The research agreement between PatientsLikeMe, an online network of more than 350,000 patient members, and the FDA was announced at the Drug Infor…READ MORE


Steps to achieve a value-based contract
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jun 18 2015

A shift to value-based payments and benefit designs is underway — accelerating, even– despite the significant obstacles, a health policy brief from the Brookings Institution has found.

The piece is co-authored by a heavyweight: Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D, senior fellow and director of the Healt…READ MORE


Practice Fusion CEO talks market share in solo practices and relationship with bigger vendors
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jun 17 2015

Ryan Howard, the 40-year-old founder and CEO of cloud EHR vendor Practice Fusion Inc., certainly doesn’t lack for confidence.

In some ways, Howard’s brash charisma resembles that of  a market nemesis, Jonathan Bush, president and CEO of athenahealth Inc.

Practice Fusion, athenahealth and …READ MORE


Cerner CEO Neal Patterson tells Senate committee of wife's interoperability dilemma
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jun 16 2015

Neal Patterson, CEO of EHR vendor Cerner Corp. — a founding member of CommonWell Health Alliance — has a personal reason to pull for CommonWell to realize its goal of greater health IT interoperability. Patterson’s wife, Jeanne, has been a breast cancer patient for eight years and keeps paper copi…READ MORE


New research: FDA-regulated digital health devices could save U.S. healthcare billions
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jun 15 2015

Last year, the FDA seemed to lean toward deregulation of wellness, wearable and mobile devices when it downgraded — from Class III high-risk to Class I low-risk — mobile device data systems, which include app-tethered wellness devices.

But recent research from Accenture, an IT services company,…READ MORE


ICD-10 codes elicit humor
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jun 11 2015

“Struck by Orca” is by no means the most obscure or unintentionally humorous entry in the voluminous catalog of new ICD-10 codes for medical conditions.

But it is, indeed, the memorable Twitter handle of the publisher of an illustrated guide to ICD-10, an entertaining roadmap for the much-del…READ MORE


Switching to cloud-based EHRs reduces data breach concerns for most small practices
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jun 9 2015

Significantly fewer physicians that deploy cloud-based EHR systems in solo or small medical practices are worried about their system’s security than their counterparts that use server-based EHRs. More than 80% of users of server-based systems are fearful their system or hosted files may be breached,…READ MORE


In Texas, regulators dig in on the other side of telemedicine
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jun 4 2015

Telemedicine can and will do a lot of good when it comes to improving patient care and saving money. But lawmakers in Texas are pushing back, making it more difficult for telemedicine technology companies to provide their services in the state, such as Teladoc, the Dallas-based telemedicine provider…READ MORE


Wearable health technology meets corporate wellness
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jun 3 2015

Corporate America: Rise from your cubicle chairs and stand up if you want to stay healthy.

That’s the key takeaway from the new 2015 corporate wellness study by Withings SA, the French consumer wearable and personal health technology powerhouse.

Sure, that message is mostly useful to all of …READ MORE


Five ways mobile devices move the patient engagement needle
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Jun 3 2015

Guest post by John Smithwick, CEO, RoundingWell

The rise of transformative technologies from EHRs to wearables is quickly making mobile devices a very real part of the healthcare journey. American adults spend an average of 43 hours per month using apps or surfing the Web on their phones, compare…READ MORE


AMIA task force recommends simplifying documentation, refocusing EHR regulation
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jun 2 2015

Now that EHRs have been cemented as technology that isn’t going away any time soon, healthcare providers are looking for ways to set their EHR systems up for optimum performance and future stability.

In response, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) assembled the EHR 2020 Task Forc…READ MORE


Like EHRs, clinical research data must be unchained for the greater good
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated May 29 2015

We write a lot about interoperability of EHRs in SearchHealthIT’s stories and blogs because the topic is rife with obstacles for the healthcare industry to overcome. Yet the ability to share a patient’s electronic medical record across various hospitals and health systems improves clinical care.

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The journey to data analytics: Many healthcare professionals haven't started yet
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated May 28 2015

The importance of big data and data analytics is not lost on healthcare professionals, and many are clamoring to implement big data and data analytics within their organization.

According to Gartner’s 2014 Hype Cycle for Health Provider Applications, Analytics and Systems, if healthcare delivery …READ MORE


Health IT startup offers single EHR option
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated May 28 2015

When a new health IT company’s name sounds like a call to action, you can tell right away that the enterprise, even while for-profit, has a sense of mission.

FreeOurHealthRecords.com is an outgrowth of the modern patient advocacy movement typified by activists such as Regina Holiday and David H…READ MORE


Report explains how to secure expensive patient data on mobile devices
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated May 22 2015

Medical information is one of the most valuable types of data hackers can get their hands on, according to a report by the Institute for Health Technology Transformation (IHT2).

While credit card information can sell for $1 on the black market and personally identifiable information can sell for …READ MORE


Electronic prescribing of controlled substances poised to take off
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated May 21 2015

E-prescribing has come of age.

Now it’s e-prescribing of controlled substances’ (EPCS) turn.

In 2014, 56% of U.S. physicians and 95% of pharmacies processed 1.2 billion electronic prescriptions on the Surescripts Inc. network, according to a new report from the company, which hosts the dom…READ MORE


The rise of patient-generated health data
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated May 20 2015

Guest post by Chris Boone, Chief Executive Officer, Health Data Consortium

As the age of big health data emerges, a new category of data that can be leveraged by physicians and caregivers to discover more about their patients has arisen: patient-generated health data. While self-tracking — and …READ MORE


New survey: Physicians most likely to make patient notes, prescriptions in electronic systems
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated May 19 2015

Physicians have come a long way in a short time in getting comfortable working with EHR systems and other healthcare technology.

Nearly 80% of U.S. physicians say they are more proficient with EHRs than they were two years ago. American doctors made up 601 of the more than 2,600 physicians from s…READ MORE


Health Datapalooza 2015 to showcase health IT rock stars
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated May 13 2015

It’s probably the only major health IT industry event at which you can play mini-golf all day.

Welcome to Health Datapalooza 2015.

The name of the May 31-June 3 conference pays homage to rock music festival culture, and Health Datapalooza flaunts its own roster of health IT, business and media…READ MORE


Healthcare CIOs must treat IT as a business
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated May 13 2015

CIOs must be able to clearly communicate and demonstrate the business value of the IT services they provide, Barry Runyon, research VP at Gartner Inc. who focuses on healthcare provider research, wrote in a report. He added that CIOs also need to have a firm grasp on IT costs and be able to intellig…READ MORE


Providers satisfied with internal ICD-10 preparation, eschew outside testing
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated May 12 2015

Most healthcare professionals are confident enough in their organization’s internal ICD-10 preparation that they haven’t consulted with an outside source to measure their readiness prior to the Oct.1 coding changeover date. Less than a quarter of high-level healthcare pros that responded to a QualiT…READ MORE


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