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Chronic Disease Patients' Top Online Privacy Worries
News  |  5/7/2014  | 
Medical data privacy isn't as much of a worry as online banking data privacy for these patients, Accenture study finds.
ICD-10 Momentum: Let It Roll
Commentary  |  5/7/2014  | 
IT teams can accomplish great things when they must meet or beat a deadline, like Y2K. The ICD-10 transition has been delayed, but CMS can still act to keep momentum building.
Telemedicine Guidelines Tackle Patient Safety, ICU Operations
News  |  5/6/2014  | 
Industry organizations work to clear up the confusion that still surrounds telemedicine.
Tech Preps Healthcare Organizations For Lawsuits
News  |  5/1/2014  | 
Healthcare organizations spend and worry more about litigation and regulations than their counterparts in many other industries, study finds. Specialized software helps.
Athenahealth CEO's Book: 'Where Does It Hurt?'
Commentary  |  4/30/2014  | 
To fix US healthcare, we must embrace the free market messiness of the Internet economy, argues Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush.
HCSC Security Chief's Secret To Longevity
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Ray Biondo has served as chief information security officer for nine years at insurance giant Health Care Service Corp., something of a record. He credits users and execs willing to collaborate on risk management.
Oregon Dumps Failed Health Insurance Exchange
News  |  4/25/2014  | 
Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange votes to close down state website and send customers to the federal HealthCare.gov website.
ICD-10 Remains High Priority Despite Delay
News  |  4/25/2014  | 
Healthcare organizations steam ahead with ICD-10 preparations, including hiring, despite delay of the new diagnosis and billing codes for at least a year.
Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel Settle No-Poaching Lawsuit
News  |  4/25/2014  | 
More than 64,000 tech workers can look forward to token compensation for claims that major tech vendors conspired to suppress employee pay by agreeing not to recruit workers from one another.
Physicians Find Security In The Cloud
News  |  4/24/2014  | 
Healthcare practices are increasingly partnering with trusted cloud service providers to provide enhanced data security along with improved efficiency of IT operations.
Genomics Startup Learns From 23andme's Troubles
News  |  4/23/2014  | 
BaseHealth's Genophen service wants to reach consumers (through their doctors) with strategies for "modifiable risks" -- a more FDA-friendly approach.
Doctors Doping: What Can Tech Do?
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
It's estimated 100,000 healthcare professionals abuse prescription drugs, endangering patients and hospitals. Video, bar coding, and even robots could bring the number down.
Self-Service Tech Support Answers Health Insurer's Call
News  |  4/21/2014  | 
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City added customer engagement software to answer members' questions without hiring more call center staff.
ICD-10 Delay: What's Next For Healthcare Organizations?
Commentary  |  4/21/2014  | 
Healthcare organizations have at least four options for dealing with the delayed implementation of new diagnostic codes.
Analytics Enhance Community Health Reporting
News  |  4/17/2014  | 
Partnership between Premier and University of North Carolina Charlotte improves nonprofit hospitals community health needs assessment process.
Telehealth Gains Momentum In Obamacare Era
News  |  4/17/2014  | 
The Affordable Care Act's focus on population health and cost-cutting is encouraging providers and insurers to invest in remote healthcare technologies.
Accountable Care Success Requires Strong Health IT
News  |  4/16/2014  | 
The accountable care organization model has produced mixed results to date. In ACO success stories, technologies such as analytics play a big role.
ICD-10 Delay: Politics Trump Health Data Quality
Commentary  |  4/16/2014  | 
With a fresh delay for ICD-10 compliance, US healthcare providers and patients remain trapped in debate. Is higher quality clinical data worth the cost of more detailed data collection?
Top 10 Upsides To Healthcare.gov Debacle
News  |  4/16/2014  | 
You didn't know there was a bright side to the botched rollout of the Obamacare website? Get your snark on.
Could Insurance Cover Your Next Fitness Band?
News  |  4/15/2014  | 
Consumers will sport almost 112 million wearables by 2018 -- most of them gadgets that track health-related metrics. Insurers have incentives to help the trend along.
Doctors Learn To Give Up Faxes
News  |  4/14/2014  | 
Here's how one accountable care organization improved patient follow-up rates by saying goodbye to faxing and hello to a smartphone app for doctors.
Kathleen Sebelius: Failed IT Project Manager?
Commentary  |  4/11/2014  | 
Sebelius didn't write the code for HealthCare.gov, but she is paying the price for failing to oversee those who did.
Quest Opens Direct Access To Lab Results
News  |  4/11/2014  | 
Quest Diagnostics capitalizes on regulatory change and gives patients access to their own lab results on the web and mobile devices, boosting its own EHR software in the process.
Explorys Cloud Services Power Accountable Care Organizations
News  |  4/10/2014  | 
Explorys uses combination of big data and specific patient data to improve care, lower costs.
ICD-10 Delay Makes Healthcare Leaders Juggle
News  |  4/10/2014  | 
Healthcare organizations scramble to revise projects and maintain momentum after ICD-10 delay to 2015, says Deloitte's healthcare practice expert Christine Armstrong.
Nurses Say Pagers Must Go; Hospitals Drag Feet
News  |  4/8/2014  | 
Nurses and other healthcare workers who communicate vital patient information say they need an alternative to outdated pagers and insecure smartphones.
Federal Health Agencies Aim To Cut Red Tape
News  |  4/4/2014  | 
The FDA, ONC, and FCC release proposal to clarify oversight of health IT, reduce patient risk, and empower innovation.
ICD-10 Delay Creates Headaches
News  |  4/3/2014  | 
Delayed implementation of the new coding standard may bring relief to some healthcare workers -- but it's the worst possible outcome for project managers.
HealthCare.gov Deadline Day: More Glitches
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
The Obamacare website faced heavy traffic on Monday, the deadline for open enrollment, and suffered problems.
ICD-10: Painful To Implement, Painful To Delay
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Congress is on the verge of delaying healthcare's new diagnosis code system for another year -- a relief to doctors, but a pain for CIOs.
Easy-to-Mock ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes...
Slideshows  |  3/27/2014  | 
...and the logic behind them.
Startup Aims To Unlock Family Medical History
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
Sharing healthcare data among family members, with less concern for privacy, could result in better healthcare, says Zibdy Health.
Healthcare Fights For Mindshare, Marketshare & Margins
Commentary  |  3/25/2014  | 
Healthcare leaders embrace three trends: retail healthcare, the convergence of care management and customer service, and a new focus on compliance and operational excellence.
20 Tests Healthcare CIOs Must Juggle
Slideshows  |  3/24/2014  | 
With never-ending waves of federal regulations and new technologies, healthcare CIOs face constant change. These issues top the list of leadership challenges.
Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Failure: Blame Runs Deep
News  |  3/21/2014  | 
Postmortem report confirms diagnosis of weak project oversight, unrealistic goals, and poor performance by Oracle.
State Health Insurance Exchanges Still Sick
Commentary  |  3/20/2014  | 
HealthCare.gov has recovered from its rocky start. So why are state exchanges -- opened by enthusiastic supporters of the Affordable Care Act -- still suffering?
Aetna's Accountable Care Chief: Tough Transition Ahead
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
Online integration in industries like banking is "just math" compared to what healthcare has to do, says Aetna's accountable care leader, Charles Kennedy.
Healthcare Data Security: Focus On 'Business Associates'
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
Healthcare professionals don't trust service providers' handling of patient data, study shows. Cloud services aim to help providers take control of those relationships.
Engage Patients: 16 Creative Healthcare Strategies
Slideshows  |  3/17/2014  | 
Hospitals can go beyond Meaningful Use requirements to make patients happier and healthier and the bottom line better. Consider these ideas.
Cover Oregon Diagnosis: Oracle Overdose
News  |  3/14/2014  | 
Federal critique of Oregon's Obamacare health insurance exchange finds project overly dependent on Oracle consultants, architecture bloated with Oracle software.
HIE Use In ER Cuts Hospital Admissions: Cornell Study
News  |  3/13/2014  | 
Emergency room patients whose doctors consult their records through a health information exchange were 30% less likely to be admitted, says a Cornell study.
Obamacare Vs. Patient Data Security: Ponemon Research
News  |  3/13/2014  | 
Healthcare professionals worry that healthcare regulations mandating patient data exchange are luring more data thieves, says Ponemon study.
Oracle: Villain Or Scapegoat In Oregon Insurance Exchange Mess?
News  |  3/6/2014  | 
Even as Oregon works to exit a troubled IT services contract with Oracle, a longtime critic of the state's health insurance exchange project says the blame belongs elsewhere.
The Quest For Population Health Management
Commentary  |  3/4/2014  | 
Vendors large and small seek to prove they have the right tools for proactively managing patient health, coordinating care across providers, and supporting accountable-care models.
FDA Creates Medical App Regulation Maze
Commentary  |  3/3/2014  | 
Developers struggle to find the line between unregulated health apps and regulated medical apps. Here's some guidance.
Healthcare Pros React To Hillary Clinton's HIMSS Speech
News  |  2/27/2014  | 
Clinton tells HIMSS conference that it's time to take politics out of healthcare, and many health IT experts in audience agree.
CMS Won't Budge On ICD-10 Deadline
News  |  2/27/2014  | 
Government agency will, however, allow some hardship exemptions for Meaningful Use Stage 2.
Hillary Clinton: Cooperation, Technology Will Solve Big Healthcare Issues
News  |  2/27/2014  | 
Genuine healthcare reform is possible only when all stakeholders leave their blaming, shaming, and ideology at the door, Clinton tells HIMSS conference attendees.
HIMSS14 Survey: Healthcare CIOs Focus On Fiscal Survival
News  |  2/26/2014  | 
HIMSS members say top business objective is to sustain financial viability as regulation, payment models change.
HIMSS14: Health IT's Next Boom Cycle
Commentary  |  2/25/2014  | 
We've seen health informatics booms and busts before -- will this one be different?
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