• March 28, 2016 28 Mar'16

    Health app development contests devised by HHS, ONC

    A pair of government healthcare agencies announced three contests that will award six-figure sums to developers that make apps that are assets to patients and providers.

  • March 25, 2016 25 Mar'16

    HIPAA audits and their discontents

    Now that it appears the long-awaited HIPAA audits of healthcare organizations and their business associates are actually starting, it's worth noting that not everyone is thrilled about the ...

  • March 25, 2016 25 Mar'16

    After many delays, OCR HIPAA audits will start in 2016

    After a nearly two-year delay, OCR HIPAA audits of healthcare organizations are starting this year, though it is unclear exactly when audits will begin.

  • March 17, 2016 17 Mar'16

    HIT Squad drops in on Epic Systems Corp. booth at HIMSS 2016

    The HIT Squad's unannounced visit to the Epic Systems Corp. booth at HIMSS 2016 produced a quotation, but also a polite evasion, as the HIT Squad roamed the exhibition floor.

  • March 16, 2016 16 Mar'16

    Healthcare groups call for 90-day meaningful use reporting period

    In a familiar refrain, a coalition of 34 healthcare organizations -- including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) -- has called on CMS to "act quickly" and adopt a ...

  • March 14, 2016 14 Mar'16

    ONC steps up campaign against information blocking

    With their new vendor pledge against information blocking, HHS and ONC have stepped up their campaign against the alleged practice by some EHR vendors and healthcare providers.

  • March 09, 2016 09 Mar'16

    HIPAA compliance audits coming, cybersecurity expert says at HIMSS 2016

    In a podcast from HIMSS, cybersecurity expert Mac McMillan discusses a new health data security simulation system, long-delayed HIPAA audits and the safety of cloud technology.

  • March 09, 2016 09 Mar'16

    Anxiety about cyberattacks on health data prompts OCR-NIST crosswalk

    With worry about cyberattacks on health data networks at an all-time high, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is drawing on the National Institute of ...

  • March 08, 2016 08 Mar'16

    Boston Heart is a pacemaker in mobile app UI design

    Cardiovascular healthcare services provider Boston Heart Diagnostics turns to UX design and UI development on a Microsoft stack to make its cloud apps addictive to patients.

  • March 07, 2016 07 Mar'16

    CMS makes plans for the end of meaningful use

    Andy Slavitt, the acting administrator of CMS, was very direct in stating that meaningful use is winding down and will be replaced by an improved program.

  • March 04, 2016 04 Mar'16

    The benign chaos of HIMSS 2016

    At times, it was hard to distinguish between the blinking slot machines on the dazzling casino floor of the Sands Expo and Convention Center and the tech-stocked booths of the country's biggest ...

  • March 04, 2016 04 Mar'16

    HIT Squad visits Epic, IBM Watson Health booths at HIMSS 2016

    The HIT Squad took to the HIMSS 2016 exhibition floor, mic in hand. Among the booths they visited were Epic and IBM Watson Health.

  • March 03, 2016 03 Mar'16

    Improving patient experience on HIMSS 2016 agenda

    CRM systems, such as Salesforce's, are examples of vendors at the HIMSS conference trying to improve the patient experience, says health IT consultant Murtuza Mukadam.

  • March 02, 2016 02 Mar'16

    I survived HIMSS 2016

    Ten interviews, a podcast, a session with ONC and CMS, and two days later, I can officially say I survived HIMSS 2016. There was a momentary scare there as I wandered the exhibition floor after an ...

  • March 01, 2016 01 Mar'16

    At HIMSS 2016, HHS chief Burwell blasts information blocking

    On the eve of HIMSS 2016, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell blasts information blocking, saying interoperability is needed to reform the nation's healthcare delivery system.