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The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has selected Harold “Hal” Wolf III, an alum of the Chartis Group and Kaiser Permanente, as its new president and CEO.

Edward Marx will take over as the new chief information officer at Cleveland Clinic, effective Sept. 1.

Neal Patterson, the co-founder and CEO of health IT giant Cerner, died July 9 at age 67, according to a company statement.

The “internet of things,” or IoT, is in its infancy everywhere in healthcare, according to Warren Averett security services director Paul Perry. For those on the finance side of hospitals and health systems, he says this connected technology offers great opportunity to those who realize its potential.

Out of the $6 billion CMS made in Medicare electronic health records (EHR) incentive payments by June 2014, the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) estimated $729 million was paid to professionals who didn’t meet meaningful use requirements.


Recent Headlines

CIOs workloads outpacing compensation

Chief Information Officers (CIOs) responsibilities have increased dramatically since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the HITECH Act) passed in February of 2009, and their compensation is not keeping up finds a survey of more than 200 healthcare executives conducted by search firm, SSi-SEARCH.

IOM recommends EHRs include social and behavioral information

An Institutes of Medicine (IOM) committee has issued new recommendations that electronic health records (EHRs) should include social and behavioral data on patients in addition to medical data. However, the IOM does not address the potential patients sensitivities and security issues in including this data.

ICD-10 delay increases transition costs and confusion

The proposal to delay the mandatory implementation of ICD-10 coding went from introduction to being passed by Congress in less than a week and left many hospital and health system CIOs, CMIOs and consultants across the country scrambling to figure out what their next steps should be.

HIPPA security? There’s an app for that

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a free app to help small to medium-sized outpatient healthcare providers conduct required security risk assessments.

Healthcare organizations on budget, if not on schedule, for ICD-10 transition

Early results released this week from a survey on ICD-10 readiness by The Advisory Board Company indicate that most healthcare organizations are at or below their budget for the transition, but they are behind schedule on testing and financial planning.

Realizing a technologically interoperable healthcare system could save $30 Billion

If healthcare could achieve the type of interoperability in devices and information technology (IT) systems other industries take for granted, the cost of care could be lowered by billions while patient outcomes are simultaneously improved finds a whitepaper issued jointly by the West Health Institute and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

Computer virus collected data on 5,400 patients at Colorado hospital

The Valley View Hospital Association (VVH), which operates a small hospital in Gleenwood Springs, Colo., voluntarily disclosed that a virus had infected the hospital’s computers and captured data that included personal but not medical information on 5,400 patients.

UIC Researchers Find ICD-10 Transition May Cause Confusion and Financial Losses

A study by University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) researchers finds that many providers could lose both information and money during the October 1 mandated switch from the current International Classification of Diseases to its updated version.

CMS Issues Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Guidance

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday issued guidance for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals that need a temporary hardship exemption to implementation of stage 2 meaningful use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.

ONC Survey Reveals Government’s Vested Interest in HIT Security

A survey conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) finds that people who don’t trust security measures for EHRs are much less likely to support electronic health information exchange (HIE), a key goal of the ONC.