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Cerner has strong Q3 after Siemens deal

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:23

In the first batch of financial results reported since its acquisition of Siemens in August, Cerner Corporation announced a robust third quarter on Thursday.

Bookings in Q3 were $1.1 billion – an all-time high for a third quarter and an increase of 19 percent compared with $928 million for the same period in 2013.

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Reider out at ONC too -- what's next?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:01

The exodus of top-tier ONC leaders continues. In fact, it might now officially be called a brain drain. Not long after news broke that National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, was stepping out of her post on Thursday, word came down that Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider, MD, would depart the agency as well, leaving in November.

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Intermountain forges new kind of clinic

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:38

When faced with the fact that just 5 percent of the patient population was responsible for nearly half the money it spent on healthcare each year, Utah’s Intermountain Healthcare decided to make some radical changes to keep these most vulnerable patients from falling through the cracks.

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DeSalvo drafted to tackle Ebola

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:46

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, is stepping into a new role within Health and Human Services. She'll focus on Ebola and other public health issues, at HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell's request.

"HHS Secretary Burwell asked National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo to serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, effective immediately," an HHS spokesperson confirmed to Healthcare IT News.

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HHS launches $840M in new IT incentives

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:13

Wth basic health IT now near-ubiquitous across healthcare, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has announced substantial new funding meant to help practices put that technology to work delivering value-based care.

[See also: CMS offers new IT investments for ACOs ]

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The medical practice evolves

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:21
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Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:19
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More tech than ever on MGMA show floor

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:33

With more than 350 exhibitors on the show floor, including many for the first time, MGMA's exhibit hall is expected to be abuzz with activity and fresh ideas.

"The exhibit hall is a place to connect, explore and find the solutions practices need to effectively manage time, staff and operations," said Susan Paulin Schubert, MGMA's senior manager, corporate relations and business development.

The hall will be open throughout the conference. The hours are: 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.

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Practices buried under MU 'avalanche'

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:57

"I've never seen this level of frustration in our membership, as I have in the past six to eight months or so," says MGMA Senior Policy Advisor Robert Tennant. "It's not just meaningful use. But that is certainly one of the catalysts."

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Without a UPI, healthcare awash in SSNs

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:20

The healthcare industry is swimming in Social Security numbers, thanks to the necessities of patient record management systems. But balancing those requirements with fraud mitigation and privacy protections is proving a big challenge.

[See also: Rekindling the patient ID debate]

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mHealth takes on Ebola in Nigeria

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:14
In what's being hailed as a "spectacular success story," the World Health Organization has declared Nigeria free of the Ebola virus transmission, with public health agencies and government officials citing a mobile health initiative as largely responsible for the triumph.   

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One hospital's take on 'Shark Tank'

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:52

Boston Children's Hospital has named three finalists to compete for $30,000 and investment advice from industry leaders in the hospital's first Innovation Tank.

ABC's Shark Tank personality, Daymond John, will moderate the event, called "Taking on Tomorrow." It is part global summit and part a take on The popular TV show as the three finalists compete for $30,000 to boost their innovation.

[See also: Venture+ Forum shows IT the money]

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Homeland Security eyes device flaws

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:25

A senior official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that it is currently reviewing nearly two dozen medical devices and pieces of hospital equipment for potential cybersecurity issues, according to reports.

Though it’s not a complete list, Reuters reported that DHS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT is looking at a Hospira infusion pump, and implantable heart devices from both Medtronic and St. Jude Medical, as well as medical imaging and networking equipment. 

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Hospitals' struggles to beat back familiar infections began before Ebola arrived

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:21
While Ebola stokes public anxiety, more than one in six hospitals – including some top medical centers – are having trouble stamping out less exotic but sometimes deadly infections, federal records show.  

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How many ways do you want to use your data?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:40

A busy week for Stage 7 hospitals

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:20

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences was announced as the latest HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award winner on Wednesday. It's the most recent provider to climb the ladder toward complete EMR maturity in the past week.

In achieving the highest level on HIMSS Analytics' Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model, Ontario Shores distinguishes itself as the first Canadian hospital to receive a Stage 7 award. It's also the first-ever behavioral health facility to attain that level of health IT prowess.

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IBM teams with UM on analytics project

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:58
With its sights set on leveraging predictive analytics in the clinical setting, IBM has teamed up with a mobility solutions provider to develop an early warning system for critically ill patients.   

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VDI as a BYOD strategy: pros and cons

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:50

Wes Wright, chief information officer of Seattle Children's Hospital, had a couple big reasons for embracing a virtual desktop infrastructure strategy for the 323-bed tertiary care facility. "Speed and ubiquity," he says. But soon he found a bonus.

[See also: BYOD tips: Keep it simple, be nimble]

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The difference between User Stories and Software Requirements Specifications

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:31

It was on February, 2001, when seventeen practitioners formed what was called The Agile Manifesto. It seems that since then, we started to hear of the term User Story, although, as will be shown below, it seems that the term appeared before that date.

The questions that may pop-up on someone’s head are, is the User Story just a fancy name for the user requirement? Or, it is actually a new mindset of thinking in the way of dealing with user requirements?

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Ebola case puts focus on health IT needs

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:45

The Ebola cases in the United States, despite their limited numbers, have generated considerable discussion and anxiety. The discussion has included health IT because of the initial assertion that the Dallas hospital electronic health record led to the first U.S. Ebola case being sent home. The assertion was subsequently refuted, but it initiated conversation about whether the EHR was really to blame and, eventually, how EHRs might lean forward and help in such circumstances.

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