Profile of Alison DianaSenior Editor
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Alison Diana has written about technology and business for more than 20 years. She was editor, contributors, at Internet Evolution; editor-in-chief of 21st Century IT; and managing editor, sections, at CRN. She has also written for eWeek, Baseline Magazine, Redmond Channel Partner, ZDE's custom group, and CIO Insight, as well as many of the industry's leading vendors and channel organizations. Alison, who lives in Central Florida, is an avid Yankees fan. She enjoys rooting on her daughter's travel softball team and reading mysteries. She can be reached on Twitter at @alisoncdiana; on LinkedIn at AlisonDiana, or Google+.
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Wearable devices coming in 2015 will add health and athletic capabilities to enhance value and keep users' interest.
Healthcare CIOs need to build on existing groundwork to improve compliance and efficiency in what should be a demanding year.
As venture capital flows into healthcare startups, look at some new companies that should be on your radar.
Technologies such as sensors, GPS, and even senior-focused social networks can help seniors continue to live at home.
With data breaches growing, 2015 promises to be the healthcare industry's most challenging security year yet. These nine areas demand attention in 2015.
With the rise of data and the increasing importance of how it's handled, chief data officers have become a popular addition across industries. Healthcare organizations need CDOs just as much, say experts.
Nuance aims to improve radiologists' workflow not only through PowerShare image-sharing network but industry regulations embedded in clinical decision software.
Greater flexibility, access, and cost cutting prompt more healthcare organizations to adopt cloud technology.
The nonprofit counts EHR developers, health networks, and care providers among its growing roster of members.
Wearable fitness devices top many holiday lists this year. Here's how to choose the right one.
Are EHR vendors or government committees leading the race to interoperability?
Oregon healthcare organization Silverton Health hopes sophisticated analytics can help it fight rising tide of patients who don't pay their bills.
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.
EHR developer plans to hire 16,000 workers to staff new $4.45 billion campus in Kansas City, Missouri.
Children's Miracle Network, which helps 170 partner hospitals raise money, wants to generate $1 billion annually through 2022. New virtualization infrastructure is helping to realize this goal.
Optimal Medicine's Mehealth software replaces manual reporting on ADHD treatment effectiveness, adds analytics to clinical decision making.
Telehealth technology, now being using by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, enables mental health professionals to treat patients regardless of location.
Jawbone takes on Nike and Fitbit with entry-level Up Move and sensor-laden Up3 fitness trackers.
Investors keep pouring money into health IT startups, and that's good news for patients set to benefit from time- and life-saving inventions.
GPS-based electronic visit verification products such as Axxess and Celltrack help ensure caretakers actually visit patients' homes.
Technology helps healthcare providers break down language barriers, reduce costs, and improve efficiency.
Cleveland Clinic will use IBM's Watson supercomputer to research cancer and treat patients.
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.
Like Weight Watchers, Medifast adds digital tools, services for weight-loss clients.
Practice Fusion, which offers free cloud-based EHR, creates new software that brings desktop power and features to iPads and Android tablets.
Fitness device market leader preps a smartwatch and two new fitness trackers in a preemptive strike against challenger Apple.
Dept. of Health and Human Services taps ONC's Dr. Karen DeSalvo to help address Ebola and other public health concerns.
Tech companies are addressing the Ebola scare by offering everything from germ-zapping robots to Ebola tracking apps.
A loved one's week in the hospital provides insight into ways hospitals can enhance the patient experience and cut costs. Here are seven suggestions.
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.
A business associate's breach has a serious ripple effect on one small healthcare provider.
Facebook may be eyeing the healthcare space to create new communities and apps. Given Facebook's privacy history, users will be wary.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas cites lack of interoperability between nurse and physician workflows as reason Ebola patient was sent home.
As the FDA attempts to bolster the security of medical devices, some experts warn that guidance is too little, too late.
Two healthcare companies team up to create a consumer-friendly health resource.
As healthcare providers remodel the waiting room with virtual queues and better intake methods, patients get care faster and with fewer frustrations.
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.
Expect the pace of innovation to pick up as healthcare providers increasingly leverage IT to improve patient care, make competitive gains, and save costs.
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.
The Department of Veterans Affairs installs Vecna's kiosk-based Vitals Chair at some facilities, aims to give patients more control and insight into their healthcare while streamlining practitioner workloads.
After four successive quarters of loss, Weight Watchers asks CTO Dan Crowe to transform the company into a sleek, digital mobile health-app startup.
Misfit Wearables unveils $50 Flash, setting a new low price for fitness trackers.
Early technology adopters have higher growth rates than healthcare organizations that hold back on health IT, says Harvard Business Review/Verizon study.
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.
Mobile apps and telehealth will never replace in-person treatment, but new tech tools can help millions who suffer from mental health conditions. Consider these apps and services.
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT abandons voluntary 2015 criteria and instead adds flexibility to 2014 EHR certification criteria.
The owners of electronic health records aren't necessarily the patients. How much control should patients have?
Hackers breached a HealthCare.gov test server, reportedly affecting no records, but the repercussions could spread across many medical organizations.
Overhauling their picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and virtualization environments helped these healthcare execs stem user complaints and save their organizations money.
Seattle Children's SVP/CIO Wes Wright says IT needs more Clark Kents and fewer Supermans to get real work done.
Timothy DeFoggi faces 20 years to life after jury takes two hours to convict him in federal court.
State health information exchanges could eventually pool patient data into a vast national database, but privacy advocates have significant concerns.
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?
Technology allows researchers to discover newborns' genetic secrets, but the long-term repercussions worry some parents and privacy advocates.
Hackers who broke into network hospital group Community Health Systems stole non-medical customer data including credit cards, says new report.
Free electronic health record software provider says its cloud system is up again after two days of outages that affected up to one-third of its clients.
Co-payments account for about one-fifth of a private practice's funds, but collecting them can be tricky. These strategies and tools help practices get a handle on unpaid bills.
Intel partners with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to explore how wearable devices could help advance Parkinson's disease research.
Healthcare giants are dipping toes into Apple's promised software, say reports. For instance, Cleveland Clinic is testing a service that helps patients schedule doctor visits if an app detects a health concern.
Healthcare organizations outpace the overall economy in hiring.
Researchers tap big data analytics and Internet of Things technologies to improve healthcare for people with neurodegenerative and cardiac diseases.
As government and industry groups debate the best way to oversee healthcare apps, some questionable software hits the market.
Too many healthcare environments cling to insecure legacy systems and lax accessibility standards. It's time to enact strong security leadership.
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.
Bipartisan Senate Appropriations Committee wants an investigation into poor interoperability, possible "information blocking" in electronic health records.
Pet owners can now choose from an array of apps and gadgets including doggy Fitbits, meal-tracking and training apps, and scheduling tools to care for critters.
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.
Big data shows lots of promise in researchers' hands. By getting this insight to clinicians, it can really improve and save lives, says Dr. Paul Wallace of Optum Labs.
Including fitness devices in flexible savings account plans could encourage consumers to adopt a more active lifestyle and improve their overall health.
Healthcare is warming up to cloud services, and that means extra vigilance. Here's what you should be doing at a minimum to keep data safe.
Carolina Health Systems and Edison Nation have created Edison Nation Medical, an incubator designed to help employees -- and anybody else -- submit medical inventions to be patented, manufactured, and sold.
World Health Organization uses geographic information systems to find and reach the few remaining locations where polio lurks.
Electronic medical records help healthcare organizations improve patient care, but lack of standardization could cause safety and security problems.
Physical therapists find that electronic medical records help improve patient care and save money.
Healthcare organizations turn to technology to reduce the far-reaching, costly impact of diabetes.
Since 2013, complaints to the Department of Health and Human Services have risen regarding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations.
Florida's new data privacy law increases security accountability for all enterprises; healthcare providers could face greater burden to protect patients' personal information.
As the first hurricane of the Atlantic season approaches, healthcare organizations can still take steps to secure data.
Ten-year contract rewards EMR vendor Cerner if Mission Health saves money on new cost-saving measures they implement together.
Cloud-based electronic medical records vendor expects to add at least five new surgery specialties and 14 practice specialties.
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.
Aetna and GNS Healthcare use analytics to predict patients at risk for metabolic syndrome.
The Dutch company partners with Salesforce.com, introduces a cloud-based platform to expand its role in the healthcare market.
Surescripts expects AppDynamics application performance management to improve app performance and reliability, free engineers to pursue innovation.
State of Montana notifies 1.3 million patients of breach to Department of Public Health and Human Services server.
Verizon launches telehealth service to insurers, employers, and health services.
Veterans Health Administration seeks to expand its 44 telehealth service areas.
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.
Infirmary Health used Ancile's CBT system to train more than 1,000 hospital clinicians and staff within weeks to use their new Epic electronic health record platform.
Florida Hospital Celebration Health uses GetWellNetwork software to improve patient care and build a culture of empowerment.
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.
Dr. Farzad Mostashari, former national coordinator for HIT at the US Department of Health and Human Services, founds an ACO to help physician-led practices deliver value-based population health services to patients.
Google Glass plays a growing role in healthcare as developers incorporate the device into medical and personal health software.
Assisted living centers find electronic health records help them accommodate residents with more complex care needs and the staffing needed to serve them.
Confusion over the standards for anonymous data, or deidentification of data, damages adoption of mHealth apps, curtails innovation, and could generate needless extra laws.
With audits expected to increase this year, healthcare organizations increasingly invest in risk assessment software or services to ensure compliance.
By recommending that doctors be licensed in a patient's state, the American Medical Association places another hurdle in the path of telehealth adoption.
With more than 100,000 mobile health apps available today, you need help sorting through the fitness contenders. Consider these nine apps.
By giving clinicians the information they want, Epocrates stays atop the medical reference category for the fifth consecutive year.
Both payers and providers support a shift to value-based payments, a study says.