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CommonWell: Healthcare Interoperability Or Bust
Commentary  |  1/8/2015  | 
Peter Bernhardt of CommonWell Health Alliance, a group of clinical and health IT organizations, talks about its goal of better data exchange and application integration.
UPMC: New Leaders, Same Big Health Tech Ambitions
News  |  1/6/2015  | 
Long a pioneer in adopting electronic medical records, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is on the verge of making them work together in new ways.
Geekend: Pardon Me, Is That A Nose On Your Arm?
Commentary  |  1/3/2015  | 
Do we really need to grow replacement noses on arms and foreheads and other bizarre places? With 3D printing we could just order replacement body parts from Amazon.
Health IT In 2015: What's In The Cards?
Slideshows  |  12/31/2014  | 
Healthcare CIOs need to build on existing groundwork to improve compliance and efficiency in what should be a demanding year.
10 Threats Worse Than Artificial Intelligence
News  |  12/30/2014  | 
Killer robots and malicious computers may keep technical geniuses up at night, but we need more artificial intelligence to keep natural stupidity in check.
Don't Mug Me For My Password!
Commentary  |  12/22/2014  | 
In today's information-based world, crooks are targeting mobile devices -- and the data on them. The healthcare industry is particularly vulnerable.
When Holidays & Healthcare Open Enrollment Collide
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
Lack of transparency in health plans is enough to give most people heartburn.
ICD-10 Delay Again? Don't Do It
Commentary  |  12/4/2014  | 
Congress is once again toying with the notion of pushing back the new diagnostic coding requirement.
Nuance Opens PowerShare Images Network To Developers
News  |  12/2/2014  | 
Nuance aims to improve radiologists' workflow not only through PowerShare image-sharing network but industry regulations embedded in clinical decision software.
Direct: 5 Years Of Simplifying Health Information Exchange
Commentary  |  12/1/2014  | 
David McCallie, father of the Direct protocol, discusses the state of interoperability in healthcare with Georgia Tech informaticist Mark Braunstein.
FDA Scrutinizes Networked Medical Device Security
Commentary  |  12/1/2014  | 
Federal agencies are trying to address threats to the privacy and security of people using connected medical devices.
DirectTrust Delivers Interoperable Messaging To Healthcare
News  |  11/24/2014  | 
The nonprofit counts EHR developers, health networks, and care providers among its growing roster of members.
Healthcare Interoperability: Who's The Tortoise?
News  |  11/21/2014  | 
Are EHR vendors or government committees leading the race to interoperability?
OCR Audits: Donít Fall Victim To Past Mistakes
Commentary  |  11/21/2014  | 
The Office of Civil Rights is not out to get you. But it does expect you to make good-faith efforts at protecting patient data.
7 Important Tech Regulatory Issues In 2015
Slideshows  |  11/19/2014  | 
From net neutrality to patent reform and drones, these regulations will be in the spotlight. See what's at stake.
9 Healthcare Innovations Driven By Open Data
Slideshows  |  11/18/2014  | 
Startups are using big, open data to power apps and tools designed to keep people healthier -- and we're not just talking about Watson.
How To Improve Hospital Emergency Department Communications
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
For better patient outcomes, start by improving communications among staff members, departments, and patients.
ACA Open Enrollment: Showtime For Health Insurance Sites
News  |  11/14/2014  | 
During the next three months, consumers can sign up for health insurance during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period. New technologies at health insurance websites aim to smooth the way.
InformationWeek 2014 Healthcare IT Priorities Survey
Steal Our Slides  |  11/14/2014  | 
Health IT pros are focused on government mandates and programs, which leaves little time to optimize the new technology they've added over the last few years.
EHR & Artificial Intelligence Can Reduce Medical Errors
Commentary  |  11/11/2014  | 
Electronic health records save lives by collecting patient data in one place. Artificial intelligence takes it a step further by calling on the expertise of multiple doctors.
Former US CIO's New Enemy: Ebola
News  |  11/11/2014  | 
Now chief innovation officer at USAID agency, Steven VanRoekel harnesses diagnostic tech, big data, better communications, and improved medical gear to help defeat the disease.
IBM Brings Open Data Tech To Ebola Fight
Slideshows  |  11/10/2014  | 
Here's how IBM's new West African lab is using open data and other technologies to help Sierra Leone and Nigerian governments contain the disease.
Digitizing Healthcare On The State Level
Commentary  |  11/7/2014  | 
A state initiative spurs digital healthcare innovation, blurring the lines between healthcare and human services.
Human API CEO On Unifying Health Data
Commentary  |  11/5/2014  | 
Andrei Pop, CEO of health data platform firm Human API, discusses how web APIs can unite scattered health records.
Healthcare Entrepreneurs: What's Your 50+ Strategy?
Commentary  |  11/5/2014  | 
Entrepreneurs have an opportunity to cater to the growing marketplace of aging Americans, particularly in healthcare.
GPS Cuts Fraud, Costs For Home Healthcare
News  |  11/5/2014  | 
GPS-based electronic visit verification products such as Axxess and Celltrack help ensure caretakers actually visit patients' homes.
HealthCare.gov's Next Act: Accenture Preview
News  |  11/4/2014  | 
Brought in as a midseason replacement after the disastrous October 2013 launch of the Affordable Care Act website, Accenture says this year's open enrollment period should go much more smoothly.
DoD EHR Contract: Open Source Vs. Commercial
News  |  10/31/2014  | 
Pricewaterhouse Coopers and partner firms urge Department of Defense to consider open source VistA for EHR contract, vying against IBM/Epic and other commercial contenders.
Crowdsourcing Helps Patients, Doctors Speak The Same Language
News  |  10/31/2014  | 
Technology helps healthcare providers break down language barriers, reduce costs, and improve efficiency.
Healthcare IT: User Empathy Comes First
Commentary  |  10/31/2014  | 
Health IT professionals need to fully understand the needs of clinicians and end-users in order to design software that truly works.
ICD-10 Is Ready To Serve
Commentary  |  10/30/2014  | 
ICD-10's benefits can be defined in just a few simple phrases. It's time to get on board.
Health IT Leader DeSalvo Takes Dual HHS Roles
News  |  10/29/2014  | 
Karen DeSalvo will remain active on health IT issues while leading efforts on Ebola and other public health threats at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Real-Time Analytics Can Help Stop Ebola
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Data analytics can improve disease-related processes to mitigate human suffering and ensure that future outbreaks are managed more effectively.
Is US Tech Policy Ready For A Zombie Apocalypse?
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Current digital policies don't adequately cover dead people, much less zombies. As we approach Halloween, here are five digital policies that need updating.
Innovation Favors The Subversive Mind
Commentary  |  10/28/2014  | 
Health IT leaders need a fearless, irreverent mindset to reinvent patient care.
Connecting With The Digital Citizen
Commentary  |  10/27/2014  | 
Accenture's Elaine Beeman outlines the principles of the federal Digital Playbook and how they relate to projects like relaunching HealthCare.gov.
Ebola: 10 Tech Responses To Deadly Disease
Slideshows  |  10/24/2014  | 
Tech companies are addressing the Ebola scare by offering everything from germ-zapping robots to Ebola tracking apps.
A Serious Proposal For Healthcare IT Interoperability
Commentary  |  10/24/2014  | 
The healthcare industry should give serious consideration to a ubiquitous, public, open approach to health information exchange based entirely on web standards.
Ebola Misdiagnosis: Experts Examine EHR Lessons
Commentary  |  10/23/2014  | 
Putting fault aside, facts of the case align with a common pattern where the use of EHRs contributes to medical errors. What should this unusual case teach us about EHRs and routine?
DHS Investigates Dozens Of Medical Device Cybersecurity Flaws
News  |  10/23/2014  | 
Department of Homeland Security reportedly investigating two-dozen products from major medical device manufacturers for security holes.
Shellshock & Why EHRs Need Updating
Commentary  |  10/22/2014  | 
Nearly half of all security breaches occur in healthcare, and outdated medical records systems make data more vulnerable. An up-to-date EHR system can help solve security concerns, save money, and improve patient care.
Health IT Interoperability Up To Market, Say Feds
News  |  10/21/2014  | 
Jason Task Force co-chairs say government should exercise its regulatory powers only to guide process along.
Ebola Outbreak A Test For Data Mining, Analytics
News  |  10/16/2014  | 
Combining real-time and official data can offer new insights on disease progression, but reliability questions remain.
Mend The Broken Doctor-Patient Relationship
Commentary  |  10/14/2014  | 
Americans have lost faith in the healthcare industry. A more realistic view of the profession, coupled with the right technology, can help restore that trust.
Busting The Myth Of Uncontrollable Healthcare Costs
Commentary  |  10/14/2014  | 
Healthcare expenses are as manageable as any other business expense, with the right data.
HealthCare.gov: Lessons From Continuous Software Delivery
Commentary  |  10/13/2014  | 
A tight cycle of development, design, and testing is the best way to keep a big project (even a supposedly Agile one) from blowing up.
Healthcare Insurance Regs Must Keep Up With Tech Advances
Commentary  |  10/10/2014  | 
Antiquated rules could get in the way of improving people's health and lowering their healthcare costs.
Healthcare Software Development: We Can Do Better
Commentary  |  10/9/2014  | 
Yes, users do know what they want from software. And developers must listen.
Prescription Database Privacy Case Heads For Legal Showdown
News  |  10/8/2014  | 
California Supreme Court will decide whether the state's medical board breached patient privacy when it used data from a state prescription database to discipline a physician.
Healthcare Big Data Debate: Public Good Vs. Privacy
News  |  10/6/2014  | 
Big data's role in healthcare could be hindered by government privacy regulations such as HIPAA, say experts at the Body Computing Conference. Who should own health data?
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