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Health IT outsourcing: a rising priority

5 hours 52 min ago

Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of health systems with more than 300 beds -- and 81 percent of providers with fewer than 300 beds -- are shifting their focus to IT outsourcing for development and complex infrastructure services.
Black Book Research surveyed 1,030 hospital CIOs and IT leaders and 243 CFOs and financial executives from 266 hospitals and the business managers from 1,400 outpatient, alternative care and physician practices for their insights on technology and outsourcing services options.


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Dell launches new cloud analytics tools

5 hours 55 min ago

As more than 50,000 medical professional prepare to head to Chicago for RSNA next week, Dell has unveiled new imaging and analytics tools built on partnerships with two other technology firms.

[See also: Dell buys EMC in $67B mega merger]


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Epocrates pulls plug on Bugs + Drugs

6 hours 43 min ago

Epocrates, an athenahealth subsidiary, pulled its Bugs + Drugs app from the App Store this past week, two years after the free mobile tool was found by physician reviewers at the iMedicalApps review site to be rife with errors.


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Cerner, InterSystems EHRs dominate overseas markets

6 hours 51 min ago

Even though much of what CIOs and IT departments hear about electronic health record adoption is about providers in the U.S., adoption rates are increasing in many other countries and the market landscape looks somewhat different.

Electronic Health Records

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USDA increases rural telehealth funding

7 hours 36 min ago

U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced the expansion of the USDA Rural Development's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program with $23.4 million in additional funding for 75 new projects in 31 states.
Grants may be used to purchase telemedicine educational tools, equipment and services in rural areas, and are contingent upon each recipient meeting the grant agreement terms.
[See also: USDA grants to support telemedicine in rural areas]


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Passion is the midi-chlorian particle for a health IT Jedi

7 hours 59 min ago
Passion makes a health IT Jedi

What does it take to become a health IT Jedi? Do you have to have some special skill? Is there some genetically contributed factor, some health IT midi-chlorian particle that you need large quantities of to really succeed?

I think not. The critical factors are, I think, in this order:

  1. Passion
  2. Opportunity
  3. Persistence
Passion Workforce Passion is the midi-chlorian particle for a health IT Jedi What does it take to become a health IT Jedi? Keith Boone lists three critical factors. Healthcare IT News blog/passion-midi-chlorian-particle-health-it-jedi

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Can your hospital benefit from e-prescribing?

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:59
Can your hospital benefit from eRx? Patient Engagement Can your hospital benefit from e-prescribing? On the face of it, the use of computers to order prescriptions seems like a no-brainer. Who, after all, is capable of reading a physician's handwriting? But if we set aside clichés, there is still this question: Does e-prescribing provide distinct benefits over handwritten patient prescriptions? Healthcare IT News blog/can-your-hospital-benefit-e-prescribing

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Greenway embeds CommonWell functionality

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:27

"At Greenway Health, we don't believe in barriers to clinical data," said Greenway CEO Tee Green in a press statement. "Innovative partnerships like CommonWell are one way we enable the secure data flow that leads to connected care and, ultimately, better health outcomes. The Alliance gives our customers and other participants a more secure way to gain a more comprehensive view of the patient's health history, regardless of the point of care or what information system was used.


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Susquehanna Health sees success with EHR integration

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:04

In theory, EHR integration can positively impact population health when analytics are applied to help translate raw data into actionable change. While most healthcare systems are moving in this direction, many are still striving to more to effectively utilize their data.


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DoD on interoperability requirements: mission accomplished

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:59

In a letter to the U.S.


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Advice for better security? User-friendly systems

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:47

Recent security breaches, especially in healthcare, have put the spotlight on major companies to be diligent on revamping systems to prevent data theft.
But the problem is that the systems aren't designed with the user in mind and are too difficult for the average user to navigate.
"Humans are the weak point, but you design systems that are hard to use," Jennifer Golbeck, associate professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, told Healthcare IT News.

Privacy & Security

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Secret to security best practices: incentivize

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:28

The view that cybersecurity is purely a technical, engineering challenge is a shortsighted one, and that is repeatedly proven by breaches that confound CIOs who thought their healthcare organization was safe from hackers.

Recently, that view is being replaced by the recognition that security challenges are less technical than human-oriented, pointing to the behavior of organizations trying to defend themselves.

Privacy & Security

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Medtronic enables pacemaker monitoring by smartphone

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 08:54

The new MyCareLink Smart Monitor from Medtronic, just approved by the FDA, enables patients with implantable pacemakers to use their smartphones to transmit secure data from their pacemakers to their physicians.

The MyCareLink app is available for free on Android and Apple platforms and works in tandem with a physician-prescribed portable device reader.

Medical Devices

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Healthcare in 2016: consumer-driven

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 05:44

Over the next five years technology has the "ability to change the marketplace," with three major trends: convergent technology redefining what's possible in healthcare, the invasion of consumer technology and the big question of whether the consumer will use it. No one wins unless the consumer wins.
During their 2016 Health Predictions Webinar this week, hosts Welltok CEO Jeff Margolis and Tom Main, founder of the Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Center, discussed the "birth of a new marketplace."

Patient Engagement

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CHIME takes case to CMS: 'streamline meaningful use'

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 21:16

CHIME this week implored Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt to address the overreaches of meaningful use, arguing that "the current regulatory framework could stymie efforts to move to value-based reimbursement."

Meaningful Use

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Clinical Spotlight: Danny Sands, MD

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 13:32
Short Headline:  Clinical Spotlight: Danny Sands, MD

Daniel "Danny" Sands, MD, Assistant Professor at Harvard School of Medicine, talks about participatory medicine at the 2015 Patient Engagement Summit in San Diego, CA.


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Thumbnail:  Clinical Spotlight: Danny Sands, MD Daniel "Danny" Sands, MD, Assistant Professor at Harvard School of Medicine, talks about participatory medicine at the 2015 Patient Engagement Summit in San Diego, CA. Healthcare IT News video/clinical-spotlight-danny-sands-md

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Apixio launches cognitive computing platform

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:45

Apixio announced today the release of its new cognitive computing platform, Iris, which it says will bring advanced data insights to healthcare by extracting and analyzing medical data previously trapped in electronic health records.

The U.S. annually produces 1.2 billion clinical care documents, but about 80 percent of the data is unstructured and difficult to access.


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Cybersecurity: best practices for fighting insider threats

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:34

Since the first Internet worm in 1988, Randy Trzeciak, technical director of the CERT Insider Threat Center at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute, has been on the front lines of cybersecurity.

Privacy & Security

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OCR falls short on HIPAA oversight

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:31

A recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General points out 7 ways the Office of Civil Rights could better prevent breaches of patient health information.

OIG started with noting what OCR had accomplished. But then it went into the "howevers."

Privacy & Security

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HIMSS Revenue Cycle Summit: call-for-speakers opens today

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 10:07

HIMSS and Healthcare Finance News are accepting topic and speaker proposals for the Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit, Feb.

Financial/Revenue Cycle Management

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