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Health IT jobs garner big bucks

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:00

A new survey from online jobs search firm HealthITJobs.com reveals that work in health IT results in above-average salaries for many positions in the field, depending on experience, location and gender.

Many of the jobs also come with bonuses.

[Infographic: 2014 HealthITJobs.com salary survey.]

Some of the key survey findings are:

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How to use an EHR? Depends whom you ask

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:50

The data in electronic health records may be structured, but the usage patterns of the doctors who interact with them is anything but, according to research from Weill Cornell Medical College.

[See also: When EHR design is a 'what not to do']

After getting acclimated to EHRs, physicians tend to fall into their own personalized usage patterns, according to the research – leading to a huge variability to how the systems are put to work.

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FTC green lights Cerner-Siemens deal

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:41
EHR giant Cerner is now one step closer to completing its pending acquisition of Siemens Health Services, after the Federal Trade Commission gave the go ahead to an early termination of the deal's waiting period under antitrust laws.    

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Apple-Epic collaboration hits snag

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:14

The newest iPhone operating system was released yesterday, but the hotly anticipated HealthKit technology wasn't part of it. Nonetheless, even tight-lipped Epic has begun to offer details about what the platform will look like when the kinks are finally ironed out.

A coding snafu discovered in Apple's new wellness platform has developers in Cupertino, Calif., rushing to fix it – but it could be some time before that much-discussed piece of iOS 8 is ready for prime time.

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Developers want mHealth security talks

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:22
App developers, who say they are being left out of important mHealth privacy and security conversations, are calling on the federal government to give them a little more transparency around the issues.    In a letter to Congressman Tom Marino, R-Pa., several developers and the 5,000-member ACT/The App Association have asked to be brought up to date on mHealth regulations. They've also requested changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, to make it more in tune with current technology.

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Clinical Spotlight Episode 17: Daniel Nigrin, MD

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:59

Daniel Nigrin, MD, CIO at Boston Children's Hospital, describes his experience dealing with a cyberattack at the hospital by notorious hactivist group Anonymous.

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HIMSS goes to Congress, 'asks' in hand

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:46

HIMSS delegates from states across the country are heading up Capitol Hill Thursday with three "asks" for health IT. They've discussed in several private committee meetings how they would approach the lawmakers – or in several cases – the lawmakers' staffers.

Congressional staff can be influential, notes Tom Leary, vice president of government relations for HIMSS.

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Docs still unconvinced of EHRs' worth

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:13

Fewer than 25 percent of physicians say electronic health records have made them more efficient, and not even 33 percent of them say EHRs have improved care quality, according to a new survey.

[See also: ICD-10 cost a 'crushing burden' for docs]

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New bill aims to ease MU reporting rules

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:51

Just one day after a chorus of industry groups implored HHS to reconsider its burdensome Stage 2 attestation requirements, a new bi-partisan bill seeks to offer providers meaningful relief.

[See also: Calls for Stage 2 changes grow louder]

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ACA changing hospitals' hiring patterns

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:04

Healthcare has had a reputation for being one of the strongest industries for generating new jobs. But recent changes in reimbursements and a shift to accountable care models have changed the dynamic in some quarters.

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Can data aggregation cure healthcare?

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:45

There’s growing buzz around Apple’s HealthKit, billed as the latest and greatest in data aggregation. Rather than living in separate databases, information about blood pressure, sleep, fitness, nutrition and lab results will be funneled into HealthKit, providing a single health dashboard from which users, and hopefully clinicians, can make better decisions.

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How to get C-suite to focus on security

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 08:22

Texas Health Resources CIO Ed Marx and chief information security officer Ron Mehring circled the boardroom table handing out envelopes.

Within the package that every member of the senior management team received were their passwords, and how long it took Marx and Mehring to figure out that sensitive piece of information -- “which in every case was less than a second,” Marx explained.

“We got their attention and ever since have gotten the resources we need for security,” Marx said.

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AMA presses for better EHRs

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:55

The American Medical Association, which represents more than 200,000 members, says its time to fix poorly designed EHRs so doctors can use them more effectively and better serve their patients.

The demand follows an AMA study with RAND Corp. confirming that physician frustration with EHRs is taking a significant toll not only on them, but also on their patients.

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2014 National Health IT Week

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:31
2014 National Health IT Week No 1 of 7
  • Marc Probst, CIO of IntermountainMarc Probst, CIO of Intermountain Healthcare, spoke at the CHIME Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday. He offered his take on interoperability: "It does all come down to these fundamental standards," he said. "If we want to be able to move data from one system to another, you know, technically that isn't all that hard … the hard part is actually doing it."
The 9th annual National Health IT Week kicked off in Washington, D.C., this week with some big names taking the stage. The overarching themes? Interoperability and patient engagement. Year:  2013

The evolution of health IT

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:50

A parallel universe: 25 years of the HIMSS Leadership Survey

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:22

Who knew 25 years ago where we’d be today?

Me, I was boarding a Greyhound bus in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with two suitcases and a one-way ticket to start a new life in the United States. I had completed a graduate degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 1988 and had moved back to Canada, where I was settling into a promising market research job. Then, my life took an interesting turn when I received a letter from the U.S. Consulate informing me that my application for permanent residency was selected.

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Calls for Stage 2 changes grow louder

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:13

In a pointed letter sent to HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell on Monday, a who's-who of industry stakeholders complained of "immediate concerns" about their members' ability to continue meaningful use participation.

[See also: MU Stage 2 offers 2014 flexibility]

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Getting to Stage 2 one patient at a time

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:49

You might say the CIO and IT team at Harrisburg Medical Center are hands on. When it came to tackling the toughest piece of meaningful use Stage 2, they added a staff member to connect with patients at home.

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Patient story kicks off Health IT Week

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 09:51
National Health IT Week kicked off this Monday in Washington, DC, with prepared speeches and big names in the health IT arena. Among the overarching themes? Interoperability and patient engagement.   

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