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November, 2012

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November 27, 2012  7:22 PM

Hacktivist uses health care data analytics to create physician rankings



Posted by: RedaChouffani
BI and data analytics, BIG DATA, Data analytics, FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, Medicare, MedStartr.com, Open Data, Open Data Initiatives program, physician ranking

Many federal agencies have made data publicly available since the Open Data Initiatives program was started by the White House under the presidential innovation initiatives. Todd Park, chief technology officer at the White House...

November 27, 2012  7:18 PM

Affordable Care Act law to end discrimination against pre-existing conditions



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Affordable Care Act

A law that would make it illegal for payers to discriminate against patients with pre-existing conditions is one many of the laws from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that has been kicked off since the end of the presidential election. Another...


November 19, 2012  9:31 PM

EHR vendors going beyond IT services to big picture



Posted by: RedaChouffani
business intelligence, health care IT, technology value add services

More and more technology firms are ringing the phones of health care organizations and filling up their mailboxes with inquiries for appointments and demos. Many of the new approaches or solicitations come in with a very different message from what was previously seen. Tech companies are now...


November 19, 2012  9:29 PM

Extensions provided by HHS for the state Health Insurance Exchange (HIX)



Posted by: RedaChouffani
HHS, HIX

The secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is still faced with the challenge of getting states to participate in health care exchanges, despite the end of the election season and removal of much of the doubt around existing health care laws and reforms. This was a key...


November 13, 2012  6:43 PM

HIT committees looking for input on patients’ access to PHI



Posted by: RedaChouffani
HIPAA, PHI, PHR, security

The Privacy and Security Tiger Team of the Health IT Policy Committee, and the


November 13, 2012  6:40 PM

Public, private and maybe a personal virtual cloud



Posted by: RedaChouffani
cloud, EHR, Social media, virtual assistant

We are seeing more of a clear distinction of public, private and occasionally hybrid cloud adoption, after considerable conversation around the available adoption...


November 6, 2012  11:10 PM

Top considerations when performing an EHR and billing conversion



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Conversion, EHR, PM

In recent years, a number of health organizations have engaged in implementing a new EHR patient scheduling system, or a patient billing and registration system. However, many faced the daunting task of identifying how staff would be able to operate in a new system when much of the data will most...


November 6, 2012  11:03 PM

Does a hurricane make for a stronger case for an EHR?



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Disaster recovery and business continuity

Hurricane Sandy recently passed the through the Northeast and left many residential and business areas in chaos. The financial impact is estimated in the range of $20 billion and climbing. Families and businesses felt the storm's impact throughout its duration. Several hospitals and health care...


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