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HIMSS' interoperability: another year, another promise

HIMSS' interoperability: another year, another promise

By Joseph Conn  |  March 05, 2016

Obama administration officials kicked off HIMSS16 with a pledge from major industry players to promote patients' access to their own EHRs, eschew data-blocking and use federal standards to promote interoperability. But will it matter any more than previous promises?

Healthcare underspends on cybersecurity as attacks accelerate

By Beth Kutscher  |  March 03, 2016

Healthcare providers average less than 6% of their IT budgets on security. Meanwhile, the number of attacks on the industry has increased 125% over five years and personal health information is 50 times more valuable on the black market than financial information.

Blog: Advice on shattering the glass ceiling in healthcare IT

Blog: Advice on shattering the glass ceiling in healthcare IT

By Joseph Conn  |  March 03, 2016

Of the 1,900 or so health IT leaders HIMSS surveyed last December, men reported receiving an average of $126,000 compared with $101,000 for women. In nonmanagement positions, women are making 80% of what their male counterparts make. Panelists at HIMSS say knowing your market value is key.

In healthcare technology, it's patient, patient, patient

By Beth Kutscher  |  March 03, 2016

Patients are paying more for their healthcare through high-deductible health plans. And as more providers get paid based on health outcomes, the hope is that technology will guide people toward healthier behaviors.

HIMSS attracts thousands of digital health hopefuls. How many will be back next year?

By Beth Kutscher  |  March 02, 2016

With more than 41,000 attendees, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual meeting is one of the most important confabs of the year for technology vendors. Nowhere is it more evident than in the Sands Expo and Convention Center's exhibit hall that there's a gold rush in the digital health space.

Blog: Former Caesar's Casino CEO places bets on patient loyalty

Blog: Former Caesar's Casino CEO places bets on patient loyalty

By Joseph Conn  |  March 01, 2016

Hospital CIOs meeting in Las Vegas got comps from a former gambling casino executive. But they weren't chips, free rooms or limousine rides. It was something potentially more valuable. They were told how to use data analytics to attract loyal healthcare customers who are increasingly choosing providers based on service and value.

HHS will push nurses to use new codes

By Joseph Conn  |  March 01, 2016

HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is pushing nurses across the nation to use the LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) and Snomed (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine) codes in electronic health records.

Healthcare industry giants pledge to ease interoperability, EHR use

By Joseph Conn  |  February 29, 2016

The 17 IT companies that made the pledge include Allscripts, Athenahealth, Cerner Corp., Epic Systems and Meditech. They provide record systems to 90% of U.S. hospitals. Providers include Ascension, Geisinger, HCA, Intermountain and Kaiser Permanente.

Blog: Halamka gives EHR advancements a C+

Blog: Halamka gives EHR advancements a C+

By Joseph Conn  |  February 29, 2016

In a presentation that leaned heavily on his personal experience and his own family's interactions with health IT while seeking care, Dr. John Halamka, CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, gave EHR systems a grade of C+; interoperability, C+; and patient and family engagement, B.

Cybersecurity rising as health IT concern

By Joseph Conn  |  February 27, 2016

Fresh off the worst year in history for healthcare data breaches, many healthcare organizations will be putting more resources into protecting their data, according to Modern Healthcare's 26th annual Survey of Executive Opinions on Key Information Technology Issues.

Health IT provides tools to drive change, improve care

Health IT provides tools to drive change, improve care

By H. Stephen Lieber  |  February 27, 2016

From my perspective, health information technology today serves as a primary catalyst and strategic asset for change benefiting patients, especially in three vital areas—payment reform, technology interoperability and telehealth.

Blog: Eight things to know before heading to HIMSS

Blog: Eight things to know before heading to HIMSS

By Beth Kutscher and Joseph Conn  |  February 26, 2016

There's a lot to discuss at the big HIMSS show in Las Vegas next week. The topics, such as interoperability and telemedicine, have huge implications for healthcare. Here's a primer to help you navigate the sessions with ease, and quickly sift the substance from the hype in the exhibit hall.

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