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Boston Children's EHR down for days

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:56

The electronic health reccord system at Boston Children's Hospital crashed on Friday, March 20, and remained down until Wednesday March, 25, the Boston Globe reports. Hospital officials blamed the outage on a hardware issue related to storage. During the shutdown, clinicians used paper to track medications and treatments.

Hospital spokesman Rob Graham told the Globe the system was repaired and tested and being brought up in phases.

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CMIOs building strategic identity

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:45

With a “C” in the title and making $323,000 on average, Chief Medical Information Officers, or CMIOs, find their time divided evenly between strategic initiatives and more tactical initiatives/operational responsibilities. The group at large looks for ways to increase strategic involvement and it is showing progress.

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Interoperability: Just ahead or still far off?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:23

At no other time in history has there been such a concentrated push for interoperability as there is today.

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Virtualization software easing workflows

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:04

Virtualization solutions are not the type of technology that engages most clinicians. So it’s to be expected that those who work in hospitals without a virtual desktop are not aware of how much easier their daily routines could be.

On the HIMSS15 Exhibit Hall floor, Citrix will be showing how virtualization solves many of the problems that can frustrate a clinical staff during the course of an average work day.

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Microsoft moving into the new health economy

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:59

Among the technology stalwarts increasingly populating the HIMMS15 show floor, Microsoft’s message this year is that it is adapting to the shifting forces clinicians are facing.

“The practice of medicine is fundamentally changing from piece work to team work,” said Dennis Schmuland, MD, Microsoft’s chief health strategy officer. “A new health economy is emphasizing frugality, controlling spiraling costs and caring for an aging population.”

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15 interoperability geeks to watch

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:16
15 interoperability geeks to watch No 1 of 15
  • Karen DeSalvo, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human ServicesAs National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology, DeSalvo put interoperability center stage when she released on Jan. 30, an interoperability roadmap along with rules of engagement. "Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Draft Version 1.0" outlines steps "that will enable a majority of individuals and providers across the care continuum to send, receive, find and use a common set of electronic clinical information at the nationwide level by the end of 2017."

    In September 2014, when she spoke at the AHIMA annual convention, she promised an audience of AHIMA members the government would act "fast into interoperability." She drew applause when she added, "We cannot wait for 10 years to get this done."
With healthcare interoperability as far front and center as we've ever seen it, we present some the devotees who have made it a central part of their work for years. Year:  2013 14 interoperability geeks to watch With healthcare interoperability as far front and center as we've ever seen it, we present some the devotees who have made it a central part of their work for years. Healthcare IT News slideshow/14-interoperability-geeks-watch

Meaningful use: 'Because I said so'

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:17

"Because I said so."

If you have ever been a parent of a teenager, you've likely uttered (screamed) those four words on more than one occasion. While it's developmentally appropriate for kids to test boundaries and express their own opinions, it can be futile to logically explain your viewpoint to kids of a certain "maturity."

Meaningful Use Meaningful use: 'Because I said so' "Because I said so." If you've ever been a parent of a teenager, you've likely uttered (screamed) those four words on more than one occasion. Our columnist recently realized some similarities with the meaningful use program. Healthcare IT News news/meaningful-use-because-i-said-so

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Next up for healthcare: 'multi-cloud'

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:58

In five short years, the cloud has evolved from a curious, unproven concept to almost a way of life in healthcare. Advancements in technology and more widespread acceptance from providers have made it an integral part of the IT landscape.

With questions about security, functionality and dependability asked and answered, vendors are now turning their sights on new horizons for utilization. And based on the potential for infinite computing power and storage, the sky seems to be the limit for future applications, system suppliers say.

Cloud Computing Next up for healthcare: 'multi-cloud' In five short years, the cloud has evolved from a curious, unproven concept to almost a way of life in healthcare. Advancements in technology and more widespread acceptance from providers have made it an integral part of the IT landscape. Healthcare IT News news/next-healthcare-multi-cloud

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The ultimate breach insurance policy: encryption

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:27

You don’t have to work in technology to know that hackers are getting more sophisticated. It seems like a new breach is in the news every week. But those of us who are dedicated to protecting healthcare data also spend a lot of time on something that’s just as demanding: complying with statutory and regulatory requirements, which are becoming increasingly severe.

Privacy & Security The ultimate breach insurance policy: encryption You don't have to work in technology to know that hackers are getting more sophisticated. It seems like a new breach is in the news every week. But those of us who are dedicated to protecting healthcare data also spend a lot of time on something that's just as demanding. Healthcare IT News blog/ultimate-breach-insurance-policy-encryption

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HIE for population health: A look inside the NY Million Hearts Campaign

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:04

Health information exchanges are a critical tool for helping care providers collaborate on treating individual patients. And HIEs also can be used to provide great insights into patient population health trends and guide large-scale wellness programs.

Health Information Exchange (HIE) HIE for population health: A look inside the NY Million Hearts Campaign How an HIE serving 2 million patients piloted a project to understand whether its data could help identify people in the area with undiagnosed hypertension. Healthcare IT News news/hie-population-health-look-inside-ny-million-hearts-campaign

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AMA's Wah envisions third wave of IT innovation

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:03

Whereas the American Medical Association has documented how health IT can at times gets in the way of physicians' ability to provide top-notch care due to shortfalls in the areas of usability and interoperability, AMA president Robert Wah, MD sees a bright future ahead.

Clinical AMA’s Wah envisions ‘third wave’ of IT innovation Tools will soon be able to answer questions that doctors never might have never thought to ask, the association’s president said. Healthcare IT News news/ama’s-wah-envisions-‘third-wave’-it-innovation

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The good, the bad and the ugly of Stage 3 MU

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:40
Meaningful Use The good, the bad and the ugly of Stage 3 MU Last week, CMS released its initial Stage 3 objectives for eligible hospitals and providers. This analysis by Micky Tripathi and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's John Halamka, MD, goes through the good, the bad, and the ugly of it all. Healthcare IT News news/good-bad-ugly-stage-3-mu

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How athenahealth reaps big MU returns

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:26

More than 98 percent – 98.2 percent, to be exact – of athenahealth's medical practice clients achieved Stage 2 meaningful use in 2014, using athenaOne, the company’s integrated cloud-based electronic health record, practice management and patient engagement tools.

Meaningful Use How athenahealth reaps big MU returns More than 98 percent – 98.2 percent, to be exact – of athenahealth's medical practice clients achieved Stage 2 meaningful use in 2014. The number surpasses the MU attestation rate – so far – for any other vendor. Healthcare IT News news/how-athenahealth-reaps-big-mu-returns

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Q&A: Robert Wachter on health IT's 'hope, hype and harm'

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:07

"The interviews really brought it to life; it was fun to do," says Robert Wachter, MD, describing the 90 or so people, from across the healthcare industry and beyond, he spoke with for his probing and sometimes provocative new book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age (McGraw-Hill), which looks at the consequences – intended and unintended – of the past five years of electronic health records.

Electronic Health Records Q&A: Robert Wachter on health IT's 'hope, hype and harm' "The interviews really brought it to life; it was fun to do," says Robert Wachter, MD, of the 90 or so people, from across the healthcare industry and beyond, he spoke with for his probing and sometimes provocative new book, "The Digital Doctor." Healthcare IT News news/qa-robert-wachter-health-its-hope-hype-harm

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Take the HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:09

Recent cyber attacks on healthcare organizations have been highly disruptive and publicly embarrassing for the industry.

Please click here and to take part in the HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey to help identify how healthcare organizations are mitigating the risk of being the next victim. The survey is quick and your participation will help ensure that the study is as accurate as possible. 

Privacy & Security Take the HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey Recent cyber attacks have been highly disruptive and publicly embarrassing for the healthcare industry. Take part in the HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey to help identify how organizations are mitigating the risk of being the next victim. Healthcare IT News news/take-himss-cybersecurity-survey

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Maximizing your point-of-care technology

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:08

Point-of-care technology is the key to providing patient care and efficient workflows. PC Connection, Inc. has the experts and services to ensure that you have the right devices and technology to provide excellent care.

CPOE Maximizing your point-of-care technology (SPONSORED) Point-of-care technology is the key to providing patient care and efficient workflows. PC Connection, Inc. has the experts and services to ensure that you have the right devices and technology to provide excellent care. Healthcare IT News news/maximizing-your-point-care-technology

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Jane Sarasohn-Kahn: Health economist and trend weaver

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:03

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is passionate about collecting and constructing LEGO bricks because she truly embraces the Danish phrase from which the brand derived its name: 'leg godt,' meaning 'play well.'

In a playful mix of business and art, Sarasohn-Kahn clips her favorite publications (Rolling Stone, The Economist, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker) and adds fabric to create mixed media collages.

Population Health Jane Sarasohn-Kahn: Health economist and trend weaver The HIMSS15 Social Media Ambassador cut her teeth on health IT in England during late 1980's, where she got a glimpse of what we now call the Triple Aim. Healthcare IT News news/jane-sarasohn-kahn-health-economist-trend-weaver

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Bringing the Amazon experience to patients

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:03

“If you order a teddy bear from Amazon they treat it like it’s life or death that you get it on time,” Brad Bostic said. “But healthcare organizations – even when it is life or death – they treat you like a number.”

Bostic is the CEO of hc1, a company that offers “healthcare CRM” via the cloud to enable what he described as “a 360-degree view of all provider and patient details.”

Cloud Computing Making the Amazon experience available to patients Cloud CRM vendor set to unveil collaboration platform it claims offers “a 360 degree view of patient and provider details." Healthcare IT News news/making-amazon-experience-available-patients

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Ready for the next generation of EHRs?

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:21

The time is now for a "3rd Platform EHR," according to IDC -- systems that operate primarily in the cloud and provide more flexibility than today's "2nd Platform" client/server technology.

Cloud Computing Ready for the next generation EHRs? The time is ripe "3rd Platform" EHRs, according to IDC -- which sees some movement toward these newer, more flexible and mostly cloud-based systems in the unique deal athenahealth struck with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center this past month. Healthcare IT News news/ready-next-generation-ehrs

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Stage 3 will require 'substantial' investments from practices

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:45

As it has with other proposed rule-makings, CMS has touted the "flexibility" and "streamlined" nature of the new Stage 3 meaningful use regulations. Some physicians groups don't quite see things that way.

Meaningful Use Stage 3 will require 'substantial' investments from practices As it has with other proposed rule-makings, CMS has touted the "flexibility" and "streamlined" nature of the new Stage 3 meaningful use measures. But some physician groups don't quite see things that way. Healthcare IT News news/stage-3-will-require-substantial-investments-practices

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