Kevin Fitzpatrick named CEO of CancerLinQ

Kevin Fitzpatrick named CEO of CancerLinQ

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 11, 2015

Effective Aug. 3, Kevin Fitzpatrick will become CEO of CancerLinQ, a not-for-profit subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Using big data to prevent drug errors

Using big data to prevent drug errors

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 11, 2015

Dr. Gidi Stein was greatly dismayed when he heard about a malpractice case involving the death of a pediatric patient that was the result of a medication error. So in 2012, Stein co-founded a company that offers a big-data software platform to detect prescription errors before they happen.

IT labor crunch slows hospital data initiatives

IT labor crunch slows hospital data initiatives

By Melanie Evans  |  June 13, 2015

Healthcare has lagged other industries in investment and innovation in information technology. Now, scrambling to catch up, hospitals and health systems are facing a tight supply of skilled IT managers and executives that is holding them back.

CareFirst data hoarding widened breach's impact

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 23, 2015

The newly announced cyberattack against CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the massive earlier hacks at Premera Blue Cross and Anthem would have had a narrower impact if the health insurers hadn't retained customer data for so long, experts say.

Don't overlook risks from automatic data entry in EHRs, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 16, 2015

Regarding the article “Getting the data stream flowing: Hospitals want monitoring devices and EHRs to communicate”, entering vitals such as blood pressure, respiration rate and oxygen saturation from electronic monitors directly into the electronic health record saves time and...

Data-sharing provisions of SGR fix will aid quality efforts

Data-sharing provisions of SGR fix will aid quality efforts

By Dr. John Toussaint  |  May 02, 2015

With President Barack Obama's recent signing of legislation repealing the sustainable growth-rate formula for physician compensation and revising the Medicare qualified entity program, doctors will be paying more attention than ever to value.

Time to clean up our data act

Time to clean up our data act

By Bruce Johnson  |  April 29, 2015

The ability to analyze massive amounts of data for improved outcomes, both financial and clinical, has a limitation: inaccurate data. Bad data, or dirty data as it is often called, are the Achilles' heel of actionable information. Unfortunately, in healthcare, there's too much of it.

Insurers face tougher oversight on protecting data

By Bob Herman  |  April 25, 2015

New national guidelines indicate health insurers will face tougher regulatory scrutiny over how they protect customers from data breaches. But the guidance likely won't do much to prevent cyberattacks in the first place.

ONC outlines plans to curb EHR 'blocking'

By Darius Tahir  |  April 11, 2015

A government report released last week slammed providers and health information technology vendors for a pattern of business practices that are effectively blocking the easy transfer of electronic health records.

Clinical data hack could haunt Premera customers

By Adam Rubenfire  |  March 21, 2015

The cyberattack against Premera Blue Cross disclosed last week affects significantly fewer people than the Anthem hack revealed last month. But the hacked Premera data could have greater value and cause more damage to customers.

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