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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 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.
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.
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.
Two of California's largest insurers are trying to build one of the country's most comprehensive health information exchanges, but they're facing reluctance from providers who are hesitant to share their data.
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.
Andy Slavitt and Dr. Karen DeSalvo played good cop, bad cop at HIMSS. She emphasized “remarkable progress” providers have made in adopting EHRs. He countered that physicians still struggle to use them.
The hospital of the future might not be a hospital at all, having little resemblance to today's sprawling brick and mortar facilities. Yet the latest and greatest technologies will require additional bandwidth that many hospitals haven't previously anticipated.
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' 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.
A proposed rule would allow HHS' health IT agency to review how EHR systems interact with other technology products to prevent what it calls "data blocking" and protect patients from medical errors and data breaches.
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.
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.
The emergency room's culture and frantic pace can amplify the risks of human error when an EHR is less than user-friendly.
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.
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.
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.