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Geisinger CEO to step down

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:18

Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System, will step down next summer.

[See also: Geisinger CEO gives tips for smarter BI]

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'2014 Best in KLAS' vendors named

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:55
Not all medical infrastructure and equipment is created equal, as healthcare providers can attest. This year, after analyzing feedback from thousands of providers, KLAS officials have named the 2014 highest performing vendors across 23 different categories.  

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EHRs key to medication reconciliation

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:43

Electronic health records have a big role to play in improving hospitals' medication reconciliation, a new study finds, but challenges related to data quality, technology and workflow remain.

[See also: Barcoding still a key tool for safety]

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There's more to eRx than you think

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:00
In followup to my guest post from Dr. Marvin Harper about e-prescribing gaps, John Klimek, senior VP of standards and information technology at NCPDP, wrote the following helpful guest post:  

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John Houston - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 08:52

John Houston, Vice President, Privacy and Information Security & Associate Counsel at UPMC and a speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, talks about the "insider threats" in healthcare organizations.

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HIE goes live with eHealth Exchange

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:50
A new state health information exchange has officially signed on with the eHealth Exchange, bringing an additional 16 million patient records into the national HIE pool.   

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Kevin Fu, Ph.D. - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:30

Kevin Fu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan and speaker at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, addresses the vulnerabilities of medical devices and the potential risks to patients.

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Athenahealth, Henry Schein target CHCs

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:28

Expanding on a partnership announced this past spring, athenahealth and Henry Schein will integrate their respective technologies to better enable community health centers to meet reporting requirements.

[See also: Athenahealth reports Q2 gains]

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Ending debate on EMR effectiveness?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:58

Health Data Miner

For at least the last decade, the health IT field has seen a scholarly back-and-forth on the effectiveness of electronic medical records. As soon as one study is published that finds technology has little impact on patient outcomes, another emerges that seems to show just the opposite.

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Cerner sees record Q2 results

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:38
Second quarter financial results were not a disappointment for EHR behemoth Cerner Corp., as officials announced Thursday afternoon a record "all time high" for Q2 results.   

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UPMC lands grants for care, engagement

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:56

After landing 11 new grants, clinicians at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are gearing up for projects aimed at boosting care and engaging patients.

The grants, awarded by the Beckwith Institute, are intended to give clinicians and other staff chances to try out changes big and small to involve patients and raise the level of care.

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VA, HHS hindered by IT complexity

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:32

Federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration, are being hindered in carrying out their missions due to growing complexity of their IT networks.

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Physicians prefer VistA, so should decision makers

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 14:24

Let’s start simply with the results. The questions will come later.

In their 2014 EHR Report—a survey of 18,575 physicians on their EHR preferences—Medscape concludes that doctors like using the VA’s Computerized Provider Record System (CPRS), the core electronic record in the broader VistA platform, more than any other solution.

Here’s what they said.

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Phil Alexander - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:39

Phil Alexander, Information Security Officer at UMC and session panelist at the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, discusses the rise of cyber crime and the importance of personalizing employee education around security.

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Standards key to mHealth success

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:39

No matter where you go, it seems, someone's talking up mHealth.  But according to two two officials with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association, a healthy wariness is in order. 

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Hospital hit with $150K breach fine

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:31
A Rhode Island hospital, who nearly two years ago notified 14,000 patients of a HIPAA breach involving their data, agreed Wednesday to hand over $150,000 to settle allegations that it failed to safeguard patient information.    The Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, or WIH, will pay the civil penalty to the Massachusetts Attorney General who slapped the hospital with a lawsuit after discovering 12,127 of those patients were Massachusetts residents.   

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CHIME sees vet IT program as model

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:25

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, with more than 1,400 CIO and IT team members, has released a case study that delves into the workings of a Rush University Medical Center initiative that gives veterans opportunities to become part of a healthcare IT workforce.

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When analytics falls short

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:54

The joys of unintended consequences never end. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required hospitals to get paid based on how much they improved their patients' health rather than on how many tests and procedures were completed. The intent was to improve patient care.

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Is Cerner eyeing a Siemens acquisition?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:17
There's talk of an acquisition that just might change the landscape of the health IT market.   

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Best Hospital IT Departments finalists

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:50

Eighty-five IT teams are in the running to be named a top hospital in the Healthcare IT News 2014 "Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments" program.

More than 5,000 IT staff from 194 nominated hospitals completed the 79-question online survey. To qualify to be considered a top hospital, at least half the employees in an IT department needed to complete the survey.

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