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UPMC CIO Dan Drawbaugh Moves On
News  |  8/28/2014  | 
Drawbaugh, whose inventive approach to healthcare IT and revenue creation earned UPMC a No. 1 ranking in the 2013 InformationWeek 500, is leaving his role after 18 years.
HealthCare.gov Names Counihan Its First CEO
News  |  8/27/2014  | 
Kevin Counihan, who ran Connecticut's successful state-based health insurance exchange, becomes HealthCare.gov's leader.
Tricorder XPrize: 10 Finalist Prototypes
Slideshows  |  8/27/2014  | 
The XPrize competition promises to make Star Trek's Tricorder a reality of sorts, with the winning device a compact sensor for vital signs and a variety of diseases. Check out these mockups from the 10 finalists.
National Health Database: Good Medicine Or Privacy Nightmare?
News  |  8/26/2014  | 
State health information exchanges could eventually pool patient data into a vast national database, but privacy advocates have significant concerns.
10 Ways To Strengthen Healthcare Security
Slideshows  |  8/26/2014  | 
As recent hacks show, keeping a healthcare organization safe from security threats takes planning, technical expertise, and business knowledge. Has your team taken these 10 steps?
Patient Portals: Strategies For Engaging Users
Commentary  |  8/26/2014  | 
To qualify for Stage 2 Meaningful Use, 5% of your patients must access their own medical records. Here's how to make sure that happens.
Mobile Health Apps Have Role In Ebola Crisis
Commentary  |  8/25/2014  | 
Mobile health apps could play a bigger role than they have to date in speeding the response to a global health crisis.
When Big Data & Infants' Privacy Collide
News  |  8/25/2014  | 
Technology allows researchers to discover newborns' genetic secrets, but the long-term repercussions worry some parents and privacy advocates.
Todd Park To Exit Federal CTO Role, Says Fortune
News  |  8/22/2014  | 
Fortune Magazine is reporting White House CTO will leave that post but may help with Silicon Valley recruiting.
ICD-10 Delay: An Opportunity To Change Course
Commentary  |  8/22/2014  | 
Instead of just delaying the new medical coding system, we should be rethinking the necessity of it.
EHR Must Fit Into Doctor-Patient Relationship
Commentary  |  8/21/2014  | 
Electronic health records need a design overhaul so doctors can understand them at a glance -- and keep their focus on the patient.
Wearable Tech Can Extend Clinical Analytics
Commentary  |  8/12/2014  | 
Wearable health devices and apps could help fill the gaps in electronic health records, if we can get past the challenges.
Healthcare Big Data: Blessing And Curse
Commentary  |  8/12/2014  | 
Interpreting government-released healthcare data correctly will pose a massive challenge for analysts, policy makers, and pundits.
Oracle Fires Back: Oregon Obamacare Exchange
News  |  8/11/2014  | 
In a lawsuit against the state, Oracle claims it is the victim of a smear campaign designed to obscure the state's project management failures.
Federal Open Source Is Messy And That's OK
Commentary  |  8/8/2014  | 
Open source projects like the National Library of Medicine's Pillbox show potential of open innovation -- including competition with projects started elsewhere.
Cerner Buys Siemens EHR, Hails Post-MU Era
News  |  8/6/2014  | 
Cerner will spend $1.3 billion for Siemens' health IT business, says it will continue to support both companies' electronic health records software as part of a broader population health strategy.
Can Healthcare Execs Be Security Experts Too?
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
Trying to teach healthcare professionals security technologies is a risky idea. It's far easier to teach healthcare to security experts.
EHR Reboots: Should You Replace Your System?
Commentary  |  8/5/2014  | 
Starting over might be awful to contemplate, but acquisitions, costs, or lack of compliance might require replacing your health data system. Just be sure you're switching for the right reasons.
10 Health Apps That Might Make You Sick
Slideshows  |  7/31/2014  | 
As government and industry groups debate the best way to oversee healthcare apps, some questionable software hits the market.
Healthcare Security: CSOs Needed
News  |  7/29/2014  | 
Too many healthcare environments cling to insecure legacy systems and lax accessibility standards. It's time to enact strong security leadership.
Insecure Communications Costly For Hospitals
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
Even one insecure text message can be expensive, as one North Carolina facility discovered. It's time for healthcare organizations to implement efficient, secure communication systems.
When Patients Fear EHR
Commentary  |  7/28/2014  | 
When patients believe paper medical records are safer and more private than electronic ones, their health can suffer.
Senate Committee Seeks EHR Interoperability Investigation
News  |  7/26/2014  | 
Bipartisan Senate Appropriations Committee wants an investigation into poor interoperability, possible "information blocking" in electronic health records.
FTC: In-App Purchase Crackdowns Reflect 'Fundamental' Rules
News  |  7/24/2014  | 
Federal Trade Commission must observe core principles of consumer protection, regardless of the pace of technology, Commissioner Julie Brill says.
Wearables In Healthcare: Privacy Rules Needed
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
Johns Hopkins patient privacy violation didn't involve Google Glass or wearables but indicates why the healthcare industry must head off trouble with wearables in clinical settings.
FDA Mobile Apps Loophole Hazardous For Healthcare
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
The FDA's reluctance to overregulate medical apps opens a pitfall for healthcare organizations that innovate too far ahead of the curve.
Meaningful Use EHR Audits: When, Not If
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
So your organization has accepted the feds' financial incentive. Now it's time to prove you're entitled to it.
IBM-Apple Deal: Healthcare iOS Nirvana?
News  |  7/21/2014  | 
IBM and Apple hope to use existing partnerships with healthcare software vendor Epic Systems and doctors' love for their iPhones and iPads to build an iOS healthcare software empire.
How E-Discovery Cuts Legal Costs For Novo Nordisk
Commentary  |  7/21/2014  | 
Pharma giant boosts efficiency, reduces outsourcing labor with in-house technology that discovers and produces electronic information for legal purposes.
Detour On The Road To ICD-10
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
How one health system is adjusting to the delayed implementation of the new ICD-10 healthcare coding standard.
Telemedicine Guidelines Leave Plenty Of Questions
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
Federation of State Medical Boards and American Medical Association telemedicine standards provide a good starting point, but their definitions are too narrow.
Data Breach Notification Law: Will Florida Lead?
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
Florida's stringent new breach notification law might encourage lawmakers to finally enact a federal standard.
State Health Insurance Exchanges Limp Toward Relaunch
News  |  7/16/2014  | 
Oregon's exchange has shut down, sending its workload to HealthCare.gov, and at least two others are keeping this option open for the next enrollment period that starts in November.
Standardize EMRs, For Security & Safety's Sake
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Electronic medical records help healthcare organizations improve patient care, but lack of standardization could cause safety and security problems.
EMRs Shape Up Physical Therapy
News  |  7/11/2014  | 
Physical therapists find that electronic medical records help improve patient care and save money.
HIPAA Compliance: What Every Developer Should Know
Commentary  |  7/11/2014  | 
Apple Health and Google Fit have spurred a surge of interest in health apps. Here's what developers need to understand about HIPAA compliance.
Google CEO: Fight Unemployment With Job Sharing
Commentary  |  7/9/2014  | 
Google CEO Larry Page suggests we can reduce unemployment by dividing jobs in half.
HIPAA Complaints Vex Healthcare Organizations
News  |  7/8/2014  | 
Since 2013, complaints to the Department of Health and Human Services have risen regarding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations.
Healthcare Data Analytics Gone Wrong
Commentary  |  7/1/2014  | 
Healthcare providers need to keep their eye on the right patients as they look for ways to boost revenue and reduce risk.
ICD-10 Delay: Organizations Prep For New Deadline
News  |  6/30/2014  | 
Healthcare organizations are taking advantage of the delay in a variety of ways, such as training more staff, improving documentation integrity, and conducting more robust testing, according to a survey.
Electronic Health Records: First, Do No Harm?
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
EHRs are commonly promoted as boosting patient safety, but are we all being fooled? InformationWeek Radio investigates.
Free The Data: Goals For Meaningful Use Stage 3
Commentary  |  6/25/2014  | 
Independent report lays out a robust path to interoperability. Will we follow it?
23andme, FDA Walk Toward Reconciliation
News  |  6/24/2014  | 
Seven months after the FDA told the Google-backed 23andme to stop marketing health results to customers, the government agency agreed to accept the company's first premarket notification report.
Oracle Documents: Politics Sabotaged Oregon Healthcare Website
News  |  6/24/2014  | 
State officials, not shoddy software, stopped the consumer launch of the Cover Oregon healthcare website, Oracle reportedly says in documents submitted to Congressional committee.
Analytics Help Patients Follow Doctors' Orders
News  |  6/19/2014  | 
Community Health Plan of Washington's most vulnerable patients are doing a better job of sticking to their treatment plans -- thanks to big data, analytics, and hospital partner Health Integrated.
Top 10 Governance, Risk, Compliance Tech Spending Priorities
Commentary  |  6/19/2014  | 
Does your IT strategy encompass all aspects of governance, risk, and compliance?
How Much Should Healthcare Organizations Spend On IT?
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
Seven steps to help you better position your organization to answer that question.
EHRs Move Into Assisted Living Centers
News  |  6/17/2014  | 
Assisted living centers find electronic health records help them accommodate residents with more complex care needs and the staffing needed to serve them.
When Is Anonymous Data Really Anonymous?
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
Confusion over the standards for anonymous data, or deidentification of data, damages adoption of mHealth apps, curtails innovation, and could generate needless extra laws.
Healthcare Organizations Prep For Increased Audits
News  |  6/16/2014  | 
With audits expected to increase this year, healthcare organizations increasingly invest in risk assessment software or services to ensure compliance.
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