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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?
Facebook Health? Thumbs Down
Commentary  |  10/6/2014  | 
Facebook may be eyeing the healthcare space to create new communities and apps. Given Facebook's privacy history, users will be wary.
FDA Delivers Medical Device Security Guidelines
News  |  10/3/2014  | 
As the FDA attempts to bolster the security of medical devices, some experts warn that guidance is too little, too late.
Big Data Disease Breakthroughs
News  |  10/3/2014  | 
Researchers spotted new ways to treat cancer when the National Institutes of Health enabled semantic searches of its huge Medline database of published medical articles.
ICD-10 Survey: Procrastination Rules
Commentary  |  10/3/2014  | 
Without deadline pressure, ICD-10 progress has halted, says Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange study. Is anyone really surprised?
From EHR To Healthcare App Platform
Commentary  |  10/2/2014  | 
As part of his "Free the Data" series, Georgia Tech's Mark Braunstein interviews Josh Mandel, architect of the SMART Platform.
Health IT: Friend To Emerging Medical Technology Companies
Commentary  |  10/1/2014  | 
Medical technology companies can fill the gap between hospitals, physicians, insurers, and manufacturers to improve the customer experience during this time of regulatory turmoil.
25 Years Of Health IT: Highs & Lows
News  |  9/30/2014  | 
IT has transformed the business of healthcare over the past quarter century. Take a look at some of the major consequences -- good and bad -- of health IT's growth.
Healthcare & Data: Partners At Last
Commentary  |  9/30/2014  | 
Thirty years ago, healthcare data was the province of PhDs. No more. Happily for patients and doctors alike, the use of data to improve lives is an accepted practice that will only grow.
25 Years Of Health IT: A Complicated Journey
Slideshows  |  9/29/2014  | 
Policy changes and consumer pressures have spurred huge changes in health IT. Take a look back at how we got here -- and where we're going.
Will Electronic Health Records Ever Be Usable?
Commentary  |  9/26/2014  | 
AMA attempts to address the frustration EHRs create, especially for doctors and other healthcare workers.
Healthcare Needs Cyber Security Leadership & Governance
Commentary  |  9/23/2014  | 
Cyber security breaches point to a bigger problem than inadequate security technology or processes. They point to failed leadership and governance strategies.
HIPAA Violations: Don't Be A Headline
Commentary  |  9/16/2014  | 
No HIPAA violation case has ever gone to court, for interesting reasons. Here's advice on avoiding violations in the first place.
How Electronic Health Records Can Improve Outcomes
Commentary  |  9/16/2014  | 
EHRs must do much more than simply replace paper charts. By enhancing them with personal health record features, we can create a new tool that deepens patient engagement.
Simplify HIPAA, Devs Tell DC
News  |  9/16/2014  | 
App developer association ACT teams with AirStrip and other mobile app companies to ask for simpler, updated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules governing app development.
Google Makes Apps More Accessible
News  |  9/11/2014  | 
Improved support for screen readers makes Google Apps more inviting to the blind.
IT-Enhanced Care Coordination Really Works
Commentary  |  9/11/2014  | 
The fact that it doesn't always cut costs shouldn't stop healthcare providers from pushing ahead.
ONC Releases Final EHR Guidelines
News  |  9/10/2014  | 
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT abandons voluntary 2015 criteria and instead adds flexibility to 2014 EHR certification criteria.
Who Owns EHR Data?
News  |  9/9/2014  | 
The owners of electronic health records aren't necessarily the patients. How much control should patients have?
Health IT Interoperability Requires Industry Collaboration
Commentary  |  9/9/2014  | 
For data and systems interoperability to become widespread, both government and private stakeholders must clear roadblocks.
Aging Of America: Internet To The Rescue
Commentary  |  9/9/2014  | 
We're running out of money, not technology solutions.
Ebola Fight Hampered By Poor Analytics
News  |  9/8/2014  | 
Researchers and clinicians need better data to supplement sketchy reports from the field about Ebola's spread.
HealthCare.gov Breach: The Ripple Effect
News  |  9/6/2014  | 
Hackers breached a HealthCare.gov test server, reportedly affecting no records, but the repercussions could spread across many medical organizations.
Analytics Fights Fraud In Government Benefits Programs
Commentary  |  9/5/2014  | 
Right combination of data analytics can help agencies weed out identity thieves and fraudsters.
Google Tests Delivery Drones
News  |  9/2/2014  | 
Google joins Amazon in testing delivery drones outside the US, where regulations are less burdensome.
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.
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