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CHIME sees 'troubling' signals for MU

6 hours 38 min ago

As we head into Congress' lame-duck session after Tuesday's midterm election, the national policy agenda for healthcare CIOs will revolve around meaningful use, cybersecurity, ICD-10 and patient safety.

[See also: Tips to help CIOs 'survive the madness']

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NYC shows skills gap for healthcare, IT

7 hours 13 min ago

New York City offers plenty of healthcare and technology jobs, but there's a gap between the work and the skills available, according to a new report from financial services firm JPMorgan Chase.

On Thursday, the company released the first in a series of reports slated to address the mismatch between potential employers and job seekers.

The report is part of JPMorgan Chase’s five-year, $250 million New Skills at Work initiative, which aims to identify middle-skill healthcare and technology occupations that are in high demand.

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Q&A: Dartmouth's mHealth security ace

7 hours 14 min ago
Mobile health wearables and sensors present myriad opportunities for improving patient care and increasing patient engagement. They also offer the chance to better manage chronically ill patients remotely. The only problem? It's not that these wearables are scarce. They're not. It's that many just aren't secure.

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Wanted: communications help for EHRs

9 hours 17 min ago

CIOs: EHR usability to get worse

9 hours 45 min ago

Worries over the usability of EHRs have escalated recently – in tandem, it seems, with broad adoption. And now, comes research from analyst firm Frost & Sullivan that confirms it and highlights the dangers.

The findings indicate it's likely to get worse before it gets better.

Top problem: Information retrieval. It's nearly impossible for physicians to get the right information at the right time from their EHRs. They need it at the point of care. When it's not there, it's not merely frustrating. It puts patients at risk.

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Like scorpions, closed records cause paralysis

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:05

Take a step back from the challenges that surround health information technology (HIT) interoperability and you will recognize that market forces and a desperately fragmented health care system make hospitals and vendors act the way we do.

It calls to mind the fable of the scorpion and the frog, which is worth revisiting.

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State data breach numbers sound alarm

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:31
California state officials this week released its second annual data breach report, and spoiler alert: the numbers for the healthcare industry aren't pretty.  

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Cleveland Clinic's 10 innovation picks

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:22

Cleveland Clinic unveiled Wednesday its 9th annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that are likely to have major impact on improving patient care in 2015, and among them are some technology advances.

It includes a mobile stroke ambulance, fast, painless blood-testing that requires just a drop, and a novel intra-operative radiation approach for breast cancer. The list also includes a lead-free pacemaker that can be implanted without surgery.

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7 tips to overcome nurses' communication hurdles

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:19

Nurses just might be the original practitioners of mHealth. Even during the pre-smartphone era last century, they typically carried pagers around everywhere, often while off the clock.

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Clinical mobility and security on tap for mHealth Summit

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:12

While consumer-facing mobile apps garner much of the spotlight, mHealth devices, hardware and software are all starting to gain purchase within hospitals. 

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mHealth and engagement: A delicate duet

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:05

Patient engagement is one of the more p

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Tips to help CIOs 'survive the madness'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:50

Here are some quotes from anonymous hospital CIOs that may sound familiar: "Morale is really bad; folks are burned out." "ICD-10 will never happen, we'll just keep spending money on it." "Doing more with less can only go so far."

[See also: The words CIOs don't want to hear]

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Health IT job opportunities, qualifications and certification benefits

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:27

I’ve written a number of articles and a few video interviews on job opportunities in digital health recently and have received a steady stream of questions since then.

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AMA tool shows areas in need of care

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 09:42

The American Medical Association launched what its leaders call a first-of-its-kind tool aimed at helping physicians and other healthcare providers improve patient access to care.

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The changes at ONC and next steps

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:25

In 2014, there have been many changes at the Office of the National Coordinator.

Although I do not have access to an organizational chart, I believe the leadership of ONC and the changes in 2014 are as follows:

National Coordinator: Karen DeSalvo (Named Acting Assistant Secretary of Health)

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Google makes enterprise play in new deal

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:56
Add Google's product roster to the ranks of primarily consumer-centric tools making a play for enterprises.   The search giant has effectively taken a page –  albeit a new and somewhat surprising one – from Apple's playbook when it partnered with consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers.  

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Optum scoops up Alere for $600 million

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 16:27

UnitedHealth Group’s Optum division kept its shopping spree alive by laying down $600 million to acquire Alere's condition management and wellness subsidiaries, the companies said on Tuesday.

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DeSalvo to juggle ONC, Ebola work

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:59

When Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell snagged national coordinator Karen DeSalvo to help in the Ebola fight, neither entity said whether DeSalvo would return to ONC or stay on as acting assistant secretary at HHS over the long term.

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AMA worried about ONC 'gap'

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:27

The American Medical Association released a statement Monday that points to the organization's concern over the recent departure of key leaders from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The ONC exits most recently include the coordinator herself, Karen DeSalvo, MD.

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Physician practices critique Medicare quality reporting programs

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:29
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