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Privacy and security experts will share best practices September 8-9

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:48

Healthcare privacy and security experts from around the U.S. will gather in Boston Sept. 8-9 to share information and strategize over how to combat cybercrime, insider threats and other pressing challenges to patient data.

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There are no outliers in healthcare...only real people

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:22

For emergency departments seeking to improve efficiency, it might seem natural to focus on tracking median statistics for patient care — such as Time to Provider and Length of Stay for Discharged and Admitted patients.

But in my experience, median numbers, important though they may be, tell only part of the story — and a slightly skewed one at that. Unless hospitals also gather statistics on the averages for each of these measures, they’re probably seeing a rosier picture of their operations.

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An appetite for change in EMR markets

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:05

Ambulatory practices both large and small say they're thinking hard about replacing their EMR, according to a new KLAS report. Hospitals, too, are in for disruption.

[See also: Cerner, Siemens and the future of EHRs]

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New HIPAA breach details remain vague

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:59
Cedars-Sinai Health System is notifying its patients of a HIPAA breach, after an unencrypted hospital laptop containing patient medical data and Social Security numbers was stolen from an employee's home.    Despite saying they were mailing breach notification letters this week, hospital officials said they didn't know how many patients were affected by the June 23 HIPAA breach. CS officials launched an investigation into the theft more than two months ago. Multiple requests for the number have been unsuccessful.  

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New tool takes measure of public health

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:41

It has historically been difficult for public health officials — especially at cash-strapped state and local departments — to  gauge whether their outreach and initiatives really work. A new tool from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Health Partners aims to change that.

Community Health Advisor predicts the health and economic impact of public health policies at the county level. 

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Data mining keeps HAIs from spreading

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:48

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has raised public awareness about the risks of healthcare associated infections, as the U.S. healthcare workers in Africa acquired Ebola while working in a healthcare setting.

[See also: HAI monitoring technology use is lacking]

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Nuance makes strides in image sharing

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:16

Nuance Communications has shared 3 billion medical images through its cloud-based PowerShare Network, a feat company executives hail as "an industry-first milestone."

The amount of sharing reflects steady growth of approximately 30 percent each year as the technology gains more widespread adoption in hospitals and other medical facilities, according to Nuance.

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Massive data breach: Time for sports analogies?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:12

In reading an account of the recent attack on Community Health Systems that netted the bad guys 4.5 million patient records and earned CHS a prominent spot on the Wall of Shame, I was struck by the notion put across in the article that all we have to do is work harder to patch vulnerabilities, that with a better defense we can win the game against a skilled quarterback.

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Todd Park begins new chapter

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:54

U.S. chief technology officer Todd Park is reportedly packing up to head back West — Silicon Valley, specifically. 

That means he’s technically leaving his White House post but not the administration of President Barack Obama.

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Health IT vendors among fastest growing

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:13
Health IT companies once again made it to the list of fastest growing companies this year, with three big name EHR vendors chief among them.   

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Demand for health IT workers high

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:53

A new survey and study conducted by HIMSS Analytics shows demand for qualified health IT workers is as high as it's ever been and "projected to continue in the foreseeable future."

The 2014 HIMSS Workforce Survey results find healthcare organizations consider IT recruiters and executive search firms the most effective way to find good candidates for health IT work.

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Models of patient engagement emerge

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:19

Stage 2 of meaningful use requires at least 5 percent of a given provider's patients to be engaged in their own care either through an online portal or an electronic personal health record. The threshold seems low, but it is the first time that achieving meaningful use is dependent on patient behavior.

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Is 4D printing next for healthcare?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:13

The healthcare industry will be among the first to reap the benefits of emerging four-dimensional printing technology, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.

[See also: Triple aim]

4D printing develops chameleonic materials whose properties shift according to external stimuli, such as temperature changes.

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Crazy good

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:29
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  • The Crazy Ones"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently."

    With a nod to Apple and its famous 1997 TV spot, which highlighted doers and dreamers in all fields of endeavor – those who colored outside the lines, we put the spotlight on just a few of the many "crazy ones" who are helping transform health IT in new and unique ways.

    See also: [ 5 'crazy ones' reshaping health IT.]
Inspired by the iconic commercial Apple launched in 1997, we introduce just a few of the many "crazy ones" working in health IT today. Year:  2013

Microsoft taps into mHealth

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:52
With nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes -- and racking up $245 billion in costs each year -- many stakeholders have been looking for innovative ways to help those individuals better keep tabs on their condition. With its new mobile health project, Microsoft is the latest company to offer a diabetes management platform.

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Clinical Spotlight Episode 16: Raymond A. Gensinger, Jr., MD

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:30

Raymond A. Gensinger, Jr., MD, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, discusses his new book Analytics in Healthcare: An Introduction (HIMSS Books, 2014) at HIMSS14.


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Senate open data request hits a nerve

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:06

Comments from the Premier healthcare alliance this week are just the latest in a flood of opinions and wish lists inundating Capitol Hill, after two senators asked for input on interoperability and data sharing.

[See also: Grassley, Wyden call for more Medicare claims data transparency]

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mHealth takes on diabetes

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:44

Boston's Joslin Diabetes Center is using an mHealth platform to help diabetics and their caregivers control a potentially fatal side-effect of the disease.

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Community centers bullish on EHRs

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:10

Electronic health records are now a fact of life in federally-funded community health centers, with nearly all of the centers using EHRs in some or all their sites in 2013, according to the latest data from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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