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CIO Spotlight Episode 24: Cris Ewell, Ph.D

3 hours 38 min ago

Cris Ewell, Ph.D, CISO at Seattle Children's Hospital in Seattle, Washington, talks about data breach preparation and response protocols.

Thumbnail:  CIO Spotlight Episode 24: Cris Ewell, Ph.D Cris Ewell, Ph.D, CISO at Seattle Children's Hospital in Seattle, Washington, talks about data breach preparation and response protocols. Healthcare IT News video/cio-spotlight-episode-24-cris-ewell-phd

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King v. Burwell arguments point to high-stakes decision

3 hours 48 min ago

The oral arguments the U.S.

Policy and Legislation King v. Burwell arguments point to high-stakes decision The oral arguments the U.S. Supreme Court heard Wednesday in King vs. Burwell did not address any health IT provisions o the Affordable Care Act, but the ruling could have far-reaching effects on the future of American healthcare. Healthcare IT News news/king-v-burwell-arguments-point-high-stakes-decision

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Security survey reveals troubling gaps

3 hours 55 min ago

A new survey shows a "significant amount of security risk" occurring across industry, including healthcare organizations.

DataMotion, an email encryption and health information service provider, polled more than 780 IT and business decision-makers across the U.S. and Canada. In particular, the survey focused on individuals who routinely work with sensitive data and compliance regulations in a variety of industries including healthcare, financial services, education and government.

Privacy & Security Security survey reveals troubling gaps A new survey shows a "significant amount of security risk" occurring across industry, including healthcare organizations. Healthcare IT News news/security-survey-reveals-troubling-gaps

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CORHIO sees success with long-term and post-acute care

6 hours 12 min ago

The ability to access and communicate the right patient information, at the right time, in the right place, is critical. To illustrate this point, imagine an elderly woman, Betty, who lives alone and has two chronic medical conditions. She takes a number of medications and receives care from multiple specialists in addition to her primary care physician.

Health Information Exchange (HIE) CORHIO sees success with long-term and post-acute care Prior to having access to the HIE, it took 24-48 hours for LTPACs to get information about recently-discharged patients. Healthcare IT News blog/corhio-sees-success-long-term-post-acute-care

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Best practices for quality measurement

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 16:59
As the U.S. healthcare system continues to undergo massive structural changes brought about by both the Affordable Care Act and an industrywide move toward value-based care, clinical quality measurement is becoming more important than ever.   Unfortunately, quality measurement also is becoming a growing source of confusion for healthcare providers.  Quality and Safety Navigating the Quality Measurement Maze If a health system is given a choice of 50 quality measures and has to choose 10, how do they choose the best 10? Healthcare IT News news/navigating-quality-measurement-maze

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Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:51

Last week, headlines flashed across the news and Twitter feeds proclaiming an "historic" vote by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in favor of reclassifying broadband and mobile Internet access as a Title II service, paving the way for stronger net neutrality regulations. This latest action may have implications for healthcare, but the needs of the healthcare system go far beyond simple net neutrality.

Interoperability Net neutrality will benefit remote patient monitoring In healthcare, we are still fighting a 'data neutrality' battle, and there remains much work to be done. Healthcare IT News blog/net-neutrality-will-benefit-remote-patient-monitoring

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100 Top Hospitals named by Truven

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:21

The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates.

Quality and Safety 100 Top Hospitals named by Truven The 100 Top Hospitals recognized this week by Truven Health Analytics boast shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, lower 30-day readmission rates and "have been objectively proven to provide high value to their communities." Healthcare IT News news/100-top-hospitals-named-truven

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12 patient safety gurus and why they matter

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:54
12 patient safety gurus No 1 of 12
  • David W. Bates, MDDavid W. Bates, MD, Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer at Brigham and Women's Hospital is a recognized expert in patient safety. In his work he has demonstrated how information technology can help improve the quality of care while also lowering cost. He is teaches health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness and serves as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety.
With recent patient deaths linked to "superbug" exposure and preventable medical errors continuing to rise, it seems timely to spotlight some of the best and brightest patient safety experts in healthcare today. Year:  2013 12 patient safety gurus and why they matter With recent patient deaths linked to exposure to superbugs and the preventable medical errors continuing to rise, it seems right to spotlight some of the best and brightest people in healthcare today. Healthcare IT News slideshow/12-patient-safety-gurus-why-they-matter

King vs. Burwell: Live updates of SCOTUS

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:49

Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence of the Affordable Care Act, challenging the legality of one of its key components.

Millions of customers currently covered under Obamacare could be affected by the outcome of the King vs. Burwell case, which threatens insurance subsidies in those 34 states currently using the federal exchange, rather than their own state-run marketplaces.

Policy and Legislation King vs. Burwell: Live updates of SCOTUS case Oral arguments begin today in yet another Supreme Court case that could threaten the existence of the Affordable Care Act, challenging the legality of one of its key components. Click here for live updates. Healthcare IT News news/king-vs-burwell-live-updates-scotus-case

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Consumerism having an impact on revenue cycle

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:26

Although the vast majority of care providers believe collecting from patients up-front is critical, surprisingly few of them do so, according to a new report.

[See also: Choosing a revenue cycle vendor? Gut instinct alone won't do]

Financial/Revenue Cycle Management Consumerism having an impact on revenue cycle Although most providers believe collecting from patients up-front is critical, surprisingly few of them do, according to a new report, which sees patient access technologies as critical to help reduce bad debt. Healthcare IT News news/consumerism-having-impact-revenue-cycle

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Balance in governance

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:34

One of the biggest unrecognized challenges to balance in consensus standards development processes is lack of balance in governance. What do I mean by that?

Governance is about who decides. Who decides what the priorities are? Who decides where scarce resources are deployed? Who decides not just what gets done, but who does it?

Let's look at several examples of lack of balance in government in standards development over the last decade:

HL7 Balance in governance One of the biggest unrecognized challenges to balance in consensus standards development processes is lack of balance in governance. Healthcare IT News blog/balance-governance

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Fax stages a comeback

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 17:42
Don't count fax out of the healthcare picture quite yet. In fact, with a few 21st century updates and a little adaptation, many fax software companies are staging a comeback.    Chief among them is etherFAX, a six-year-old company developing hybrid fax solutions, taking a technology that found its first commercial applications back in the 1960s, into the cloud.    Cloud Computing Fax stages a comeback Cloud networks help a 1960’s technology stay relevant with encryption and audit trails Healthcare IT News encrypted-fax-over-cloud-network

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McKesson EHR goes dark after HVAC burnout

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:08
A Northern California hospital has acknowledged that its electronic health record system went dark for about a week, which resulted in clinicians unable to access patient medical records and even having to postpone serious medical treatments.    Electronic Health Records McKesson EHR goes dark after HVAC burnout A Northern California hospital has acknowledged that its electronic health record system went dark for more than a week, which resulted in clinicians unable to access patient medical records and even having to postpone serious medical treatments. Healthcare IT News news/mckesson-ehr-goes-dark-after-hvac-burnout

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2015 H.I.T. Men & Women Awards

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:24

Help us honor the folks you see leading the way in innovation, improving patient care and influencing positive change in healthcare IT. The top three vote-getters across three categories will be honored at the H.I.T. Men & Women ceremony, sponsored by awards co-founder Emids, during the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Thumbnail:  2015 H.I.T. Men & Women Awards Help us honor the folks you see leading the way in innovation, improving patient care and influencing positive change in healthcare IT. The top three vote-getters across three categories will be honored at the H.I.T. Men & Women ceremony, sponsored by awards co-founder Emids, during the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition at McCormick Place in Chicago. Healthcare IT News video/2015-hit-men-women-awards

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Quality measures 'making a difference'

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:21

Thanks to committed pursuit of its quality measurement programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says the U.S. has made "clear progress" in achieving better care at lower cost for healthier populations.

[See also: Quality measures 'need refinement']

Quality and Safety Quality measures 'making a difference,' says CMS Thanks to committed pursuit of its quality measurement programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says the U.S. has made "clear progress" in achieving better care at lower cost for healthier populations. Healthcare IT News news/quality-measures-making-difference-says-cms

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Sign posts on the road to connected health adoption

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:53

Everett Rogers is credited with the seminal text book on adoption, The Diffusion of Innovations. It is required reading for anyone who is interested in how new ideas become integrated into the fabric of life’s activities.

Telehealth Sign posts on the road to connected health adoption As Joseph Kvedar, MD, has traveled the road of adoption for connected health for two decades, he has paid attention to the major sign posts -- defining moments when the dialogue changes in such a way that the whole organizational strategy changes with it. Healthcare IT News blog/sign-posts-road-connected-health-adoption

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Choosing a revenue cycle vendor? Gut instinct alone won't do

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:22

After Mike Simms, vice president of revenue cycle for Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health, signed on with one RCM vendor, he quickly found himself wishing he'd followed his hunch the first time around.

[See also: Revenue cycle headed for a 'new world']


Unhappy with the product he'd picked, Simms soon changed courses, opting instead to go with his initial instinct: a small, cloud-based vendor called Patientco.

Financial/Revenue Cycle Management Choosing a revenue cycle vendor? Gut instinct alone won't do After Mike Simms, vice president of revenue cycle for Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health, signed on with one RCM vendor, he quickly found himself wishing he'd followed his hunch the first time around. Healthcare IT News news/choosing-revenue-cycle-vendor-gut-instinct-alone-wont-do

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Privacy & Security Forum: Call for proposals

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:10

Calling all providers, payers, researchers and government officials: Healthcare IT News and HIMSS Media are accepting topic and speaker proposals for the Privacy & Security Forum in Orlando, May 7-8.

The deadline to submit a proposal is March 13.

Privacy & Security Privacy & Security Forum: Call for proposals Calling all providers, payers, researchers and government officials: Healthcare IT News and HIMSS Media are accepting topic and speaker proposals for the Privacy & Security Forum in Orlando, May 7-8. Healthcare IT News news/privacy-security-forum-call-proposals

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Integrating claims and clinical data to improve population health

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:36

Until recently, technology-enabled efforts to improve population health relied heavily on the use of claims data alone. While there is evidence this approach has merit, there is also a new opportunity to take these efforts to the next level.

Population Health Integrating claims and clinical data to improve population health Until recently, technology-enabled efforts to improve population health relied heavily on the use of claims data alone. While there is evidence this approach has merit, there is also a new opportunity to take these efforts to the next level. Healthcare IT News blog/integrating-claims-clinical-data-improve-population-health

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HIMSS HX360 event: Harness innovation to transform care delivery

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:25

Healthcare’s future is tied to technology – and that makes it critical for even executives in jobs that are not traditionally tech-savvy to play an integral role in planning for the future.

That’s the view from the experts at HX360, a new initiative by Healthcare IT News parent HIMSS and consulting firm AVIA that hopes to open a dialogue about innovation to all manner of healthcare leaders.

Interoperability HIMSS HX360 event: Harness innovation to transform care delivery The two-day event within HIMSS15 will give executives insights about cutting-edge technologies, practicable advice about determining your organization’s ability to innovate, and how best to capitalize on the digital revolution. Healthcare IT News news/himss-hx360-event-harness-innovation-transform-care-delivery

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