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April 05, 2017
Donald Rucker has been named the new ONC head. The former Siemens CMO has been welcomed to the position of national coordinator by the health IT community.
December 20, 2016
SearchHealthIT's writers talked to a lot of big leaders in health IT in 2016. In this video, our journalists discuss their favorite personalities and moments.
August 10, 2016
It may be time for dentists to sink their teeth into meaningful use. Dentists, while theoretically eligible for the federal EHR incentive program, have for the most part stayed away because there ...
July 01, 2016
Responding to Congress' call last year to define health IT interoperability measures that Medicare providers must meet to receive reimbursement under new value-based models, ONC has published the ...
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A small company in Massachusetts is working to achieve precision health by using their technology to bring hospitals and researchers together. Continue Reading
With all the innovations in healthcare technology, health IT is still far from where it should be, says Zubin "ZDogg" Damania, the creative founder of Turntable Health. Continue Reading
Micky Tripathi, CEO at the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), said adequate home care IT is not widely adopted in the Bay State. A new survey aims to identify the gaps. Continue Reading
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A report on regional extension centers, mostly associated with meaningful use and EHRs, found the centers helped providers use some EHR features. Continue Reading
Meaningful use is wrapping up, according to the acting administrator of CMS. That should allow providers to use their EHRs and other healthcare technology a little more freely. Continue Reading
Along the path to ROI for electronic health records systems, aspects such as further enhancing the technology -- or perhaps even swapping it out for a newer model -- come into play. Continue Reading
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When faced with a CMS risk assessment and HIPAA audit, Beaufort Memorial Hospital turned to Iatric Systems' Security Audit Manager to help it pass. Continue Reading
Experts said that insider threats to health data privacy and PHI security are common, and providers should prep for HIPAA audits by OCR and other federal agencies. Continue Reading
Medical devices should be connected, CEO of Cardiopulmonary Corp., developer of Bernoulli medical device integration (MDI) system, said in a Q&A. Continue Reading
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Health information exchange has yet to meet the expectations of some healthcare professionals and regulators. The ONC has a plan to fix that. Continue Reading
Interoperability of healthcare data, long a sticking point in getting EHRs and exchanges working to their full potential, may see some big advances this year. Vendors are discussing how the cloud will help the cause, and standards developer Health Level Seven International has taken a stand for interoperability standards.
This three-part guide explores how EHR interoperability efforts are paying off. First, healthcare IT consultant Reda Chouffani takes a look at the ONC’s plan to invest $28 million in support of the interoperability of health IT tools and data. Next, SearchHealthIT’s Shaun Sutner discusses EHR interoperability challenges with Charles Jaffe, M.D. and CEO of HL7. Chouffani closes with a rundown of challenges healthcare organizations will face as they follow the ONC’s Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap. Continue Reading
Legislative and cultural developments in recent years have forced healthcare professionals to rethink data storage. Health IT leaders, prompted by legislation such as HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act, have re-evaluated their methods of securing and accessing medical images in an effort to improve patient care. That’s no small feat, and heath IT professionals are looking to a variety of technologies to do so. Vendor-neutral archives -- systems that store from many sources and from many vendors’ systems -- seem the most viable answer, but issues with usability and the still recovering economy may stand in the way of increased adoption.
In this three-part guide, SearchHealthIT drills down on the challenges preventing some healthcare organizations from adopting vendor-neutral archives, or VNAs, as well as their purported benefits. First, Shaun Sutner, news and feature writer, highlights the results of a SearchHealthIT survey that asked 110 health IT executives, managers and clinicians about their use of and purchase plans for VNAs and their older brethren, picture archiving and communication systems. Next, Sutner details the VNA implementation at Integris Health in Oklahoma City—with an eye toward what the health system’s journey means for the overall VNA market. In the concluding piece, consultant Reda Chouffani outlines three considerations for IT professionals looking to revisit their healthcare imaging strategies. Continue Reading