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Reducing funding to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) from $60 million to $38 million, as the Trump administration has proposed, may hamper advancements in interoperability and the goals of 21st Century Cures Act, according to several leading health IT groups.

When it comes to tracking calories, wearables like Apple Watch and Fitbit often provide very inaccurate information, according to Stanford University researchers.

The worldwide ransomware attack using software known as “WannaCry” temporarily disrupted computers at the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, while U.S. healthcare organizations were largely spared, but CIOs and CISOs can still use this incident as a learning opportunity. 

The May 12 cyberattack that hit the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), FedEx and other companies around the globe could have been limited if computers had been regularly applying security patches. John Christly, chief information security officer (CISO) at Netsurion and EventTracker, spoke to HealthExec about what made this ransomware attack unique and how healthcare CISOs can point to it to get others in the C-suite to prioritize cybersecurity.

NYC Health + Hospitals, the operator of public hospitals and clinic in New York, announced it will “implement new, advanced revenue cycle technology” from Epic at a cost of $289 million over the next five years.

 

Recent Headlines

San Mateo County CIO: The hard part of health IT is information governance

San Mateo County Health System in California may be adjacent to the technology hotbed of Silicon Valley, but you’d be wrong to assume it’s on the cutting edge of health IT. Instead, it has what the system’s chief information officer called a “spaghetti conundrum.”

Physicians spending same amount of time on ‘desktop medicine,’ seeing patients

Physicians are evenly splitting their time between office visits with patients and “desktop medicine” activities like typing notes, ordering tests and making referrals through a patient’s electronic health record, according to a study published in the April 2017 issue of Health Affairs

Donald Rucker, former Siemens CMO, named new ONC chief

The next head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will be Donald Rucker, MD, a choice the industry was quick to praise once word of the pick leaked on March 31 due to an updated listing in the HHS employee directory.

HHS adds new health technology leadership post

A former Louisiana congressman and physician has been appointed to a new healthcare technology position within HHS, which is causing confusion as to what the future holds for the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

Ex-CMS head Slavitt rips health IT at HIMSS 2017: ‘It’s not satisfying its customers’

In a HIMSS2017 forum with two former administrators of CMS, the most recent head of the agency, Andy Slavitt, drew both applause and surprised looks from the audience over his pointed criticism of the health IT industry.

HIMSS 2017: IT growth expected but vendors too quickly 'moving on' from EHRs

The 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey found a strong demand for health IT employees and continued growth in IT budgets for both vendors and providers. In some cases, however, providers and vendors aren’t sharing the same priorities.

HIMSS 2017: IBM Watson announces new partnerships—but may lose MD Anderson

IBM has announced several expansions and partnerships centered on its Watson cognitive computing system solutions. At the same time, however, the Watson-powered oncology product being developed at MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas has reportedly been placed on hold.

HIMSS 2017: EHRs are advancing 'with you or without you'

Healthcare leaders are confident their organizations will realize the full benefits of electronic health records (EHRs), while warning clinicians resistant to new technology to either take advantage of training opportunities or get left behind.

HIMSS 2017: IBM CEO says ‘cognitive era’ in healthcare has begun

HIMSS 2017 in Orlando opened with IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty proclaiming the advent of what she calls the “cognitive era” in healthcare, encouraging clinicians and IT to aggressively pursue and accept new technologies.

VA: ‘Confident we’re going to commercial’ on EHR

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is leaning toward abandoning its troubled legacy electronic health record (EHR) system in favor of an off-the-shelf commercial option, even though the department has spent millions trying to modernize the system and advance interoperability.

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