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Providers should focus on health IT safety, CHIME speakers advise

By Darius Tahir  |  October 29, 2014

Providers should plan to demonstrate patient-safety benefits attributable to their increasing use of healthcare technology, said experts at a panel at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives fall meeting in San Antonio.

DeSalvo appears to be staying on, for now, at ONC

DeSalvo appears to be staying on, for now, at ONC

By Joseph Conn  |  October 28, 2014

To paraphrase Mark Twain, news of Dr. Karen DeSalvo's departure from the top job at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has been somewhat exaggerated.

Tech startups aim to dig through flood of healthcare data

By Darius Tahir  |  October 27, 2014

Healthcare accelerator Rock Health is predicting big advances for startups and healthcare providers using personalized, predictive analytic tools. The firm has observed $1.9 billion in venture dollars pouring into the subsector since 2011, with major venture capital firms keeping active.

DeSalvo exits top health IT post to focus on Ebola

By Darius Tahir and Joseph Conn  |  October 25, 2014

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology at HHS, is leaving that position to become acting assistant secretary of health, effective immediately, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology confirmed Thursday.

DeSalvo, other departures signal brain drain at ONC

DeSalvo, other departures signal brain drain at ONC

By Joseph Conn  |  October 24, 2014

The appointment Thursday of Dr. Karen DeSalvo as acting assistant secretary of health leaves the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, already hit hard by key staff departures, further depleted.

DeSalvo leaving ONC for Ebola response team

DeSalvo leaving ONC for Ebola response team

By Joseph Conn and Darius Tahir  |  October 23, 2014

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology at HHS, is leaving that position to become acting assistant secretary of health, effective immediately, sources tell Modern Healthcare.

Era of medical-device tracking finally arrives

Era of medical-device tracking finally arrives

By Jaimy Lee  |  October 18, 2014

Medical-device manufacturers say it makes no sense to mark their products with unique identification numbers since hospitals and other healthcare providers are not required to use the system. But that's no longer true, at least for some devices.

Lucia Savage named new chief privacy officer at ONC

Lucia Savage named new chief privacy officer at ONC

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 18, 2014

Lucia Savage, 52, will be chief privacy officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, replacing Joy Pritts, effective Oct. 20.

ONC appoints new privacy chief

ONC appoints new privacy chief

By Darius Tahir  |  October 14, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced Tuesday that Lucia Savage, formerly a lawyer with insurer UnitedHealthcare, will become the office's new chief privacy officer. She will join the agency Oct. 20.

ONC official says high cost of EHR data-sharing harms competition

By Darius Tahir  |  October 10, 2014

Concerns about electronic health-record interoperability and data-sharing, the expense of such sharing and the impact of large players in dominating the market all were raised by an ONC official during a presentation Friday at an Alexandria, Va., conference.

ONC report confirms struggles on EHR interoperability

By Darius Tahir  |  October 09, 2014

Healthcare information-sharing is largely stuck in neutral, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's annual report on electronic health-record adoption, released Thursday.

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