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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

Charles Christian, CIO, St Francis Hospital: HIT Is Enabler, Not Population Health Panacea

After working in health IT (HIT) for 30-plus years, no one could accuse Charles Christian of being a Luddite. However, as a participant in a half dozen health information exchanges (HIEs) at his former post in Indiana—and even more transitions in federal health policy—Christian is not naïve about what HIT can and cannot do when it comes to managing population health.

Christopher J. Donovan: Leveraging Data for Enterprise Business Initiatives

Data governance and discipline are keys to building a modern, maximally efficient enterprise business intelligence (EBI) platform for health care. The actual technology must be secondary to the organizational activities that go into building an EBI platform designed to serve the business information needs of the organization. The data, not the technology, should be the point of control.

Bring on the BYOD: Providing Mobile Access to Patient Data

When it comes to mobile access to patient data, CIOs have two choices: Provide a secure access method, or continue to plug the hole in the dike with their fingers—and pray. With smartphone use among physicians at 98%, according to a 2012 report from Spyglass Consulting, attending and referring physicians who find themselves locked out of mobile access to patient data are likely to be looking for workarounds to circumvent hospital policy.

The Health Information Exchange: Key Lessons in Building a Network for Health Information Sharing

The health information exchange (HIE) is a critical next step in the digital transformation of health care. With the government’s meaningful use (MU) program driving electronic health record (EHR) adoption, health systems are now challenged to create a network that connects providers together to maintain continuity of care for patients. Motivated

EMR 2.0: Mining the EMR for Meaning

The modern electronic medical record (EMR) is a gold mine of data for the health care executive, but that gold too often goes un-mined. At Illinois-based NorthShore University HealthSystem, accessing the mother lode of usable information begins with a database of about two million patients and 100 million transactions.

Strategic EMR Adoption in Dallas: 5 Lessons Learned

A hundred years ago, the founding principle of Children’s Medical Center Dallas (CMCD), Texas, was the radical notion that children required specialized health care. Today, in a metropolitan area that is expected to experience a pediatric patient growth rate of more than double the national average, coordinating the various mechanisms that deliver

Rx for a Sick System Leverage Health IT to Improve and Extend Care

Robert Pearl, MD, has a story about a follow-up conversation with his adult daughter after encouraging her to consult a physician about a seemingly minor problem she had been experiencing with one of her fingers. “She said she had taken my advice,” notes Pearl, who serves as CEO of The Permanente Medical Group. “I answered that I was happy to hear

Telehealth to the Rescue: LVHN’s Approach to Extending Care

At the Health IT Summit of the Institute for Health Technology Transformation, held in August in Seattle, Washington, speakers from health care facilities and professional groups around the country gathered to compare notes on the summit’s theme, “Unleashing the Power of mHealth and Telemedicine.” Among them was Joseph Tracy, vice president of

Optimizing the EMR: Visions and Goals

It's been almost three years since President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a $728 million stimulus package that set aside a relatively modest $20 million for electronic medical records (EMRs). The initial spark has smoldered since those heady days, and presenters at the 2011 meeting of the American College

Tenet Healthcare: The Path to Meaningful Use

There is no getting around it: One financial challenge hospitals and health systems will face going forward is planning to demonstrate the meaningful use of IT and making sure the investment can be leveraged for the system’s goals of improved care and efficiency. Meeting federal meaningful use standards, however, is only the start of a long journey

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