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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.

More docs get incentive pay, but many opt to take penalties

By Darius Tahir  |  April 25, 2015

WASHINGTON—The CMS paid out more than $380 million in incentive payments through its Physician Quality Reporting System and electronic-prescribing incentive programs, but more than 400,000 providers chose to accept pay cuts rather than participate in the quality reporting system.

Kaiser Permanente to build IT campus in Atlanta

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 18, 2015

Kaiser Permanente Georgia, a branch of the Oakland, Calif.-based healthcare giant, plans to open a 157,000-square-foot information technology campus in midtown Atlanta, creating 900 jobs in health IT by 2019.

Medical group builds EHR to improve care

Medical group builds EHR to improve care

By Darius Tahir  |  April 18, 2015

Dr. Christopher Chen, CEO of Miami Gardens, Fla.-based ChenMed, knew his physician-led primary-care group would have to optimize its performance to successfully expand from its home base. One factor giving him confidence was its custom-built electronic health-record system, which includes patient...

Healthcare should emulate banks on IT interoperability

Healthcare should emulate banks on IT interoperability

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

Bruce Smith, senior vice president of information systems and chief information officer at Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care, discusses the challenges of having multiple EHR systems in his organization, Advocate's readiness for the conversion to ICD-10 coding, and his views on federal...

ONC fail: EHR 'data blocking' still rampant

By Joseph Conn  |  April 17, 2015

More than five years after Congress mandated HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to establish a “governance mechanism” for seamless health information exchange, the agency earlier this month confirmed that widespread “data blocking” still existed, largely...

Interoperability—A dream deferred

Interoperability—A dream deferred

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 17, 2015

Most Americans who receive care at more than one location still don't have their “complete” record in front of their attending physician. Heck, most providers can't or won't even send their patients' electronic records across town, much less to a neighboring state or across the country.

Blog: One Pentagon bidder talks up its cybersecurity skills

By Darius Tahir  |  April 14, 2015

The ability to protect the Pentagon's electronic health records from cybersecurity attacks will play a big role in determining who wins the multi-billion-dollar contract. Leidos, which is part of the Cerner and Accenture team, isn't bashful about touting its own capabilities.

Docs dissatisfied with their EHR systems: new surveys

By Darius Tahir  |  April 14, 2015

Brace yourself before you read this. Two surveys released for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference found that physicians are frustrated by their electronic health-record systems.

Identifying health IT as a strategic asset

Identifying health IT as a strategic asset

By By H. Stephen Lieber  |  April 11, 2015

The value of health information technology covers much more than those five words might imply. All of us, as members of the healthcare community, strive to find and use the most effective tools and methods to improve patient care.

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