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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

7 steps to determine the right amount to spend on IT

“How much should we spend on IT?” I have been asked this seemingly simple question for more than 30 years. The answer has always been the same. It depends on what you want to get back.

AMA issues policy recommendations for telemedicine and EHRs

Outside a select number of health IT physician experts who have advised government bodies and companies developing telemedicine and electronic health record (EHR) products, most physicians have been in a reactionary mode as health IT has advanced. At the 2014 American Medical Association (AMA) Annual Meeting, the members approved two sets of recommendations that seek to take back some of the health IT leadership role they ceded in the years watching from the sidelines.

Telemedicine stakeholders urge Burwell to change policies that stifle innovation

Outdated government policies are holding Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) back from making better use of technology to lower cost while simultaneously improving care say no less than 70 individual companies, institutions and groups in three separate letters sent to incoming U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

ONC releases 10-year plan for HIT interoperability.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of National Coordinator (ONC) has taken the brunt of criticism by health information technology (HIT) stakeholders, legislators and industry experts as to why, with millions in taxpayer dollars spent on incentives to encourage the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), better HIT is still not saving the nation much money.

Healthcare execs put HIT first on list of what they plan to spend money on in 2014

Move over MRs and CTs, surgical robots and new facilities. According to Premier Inc.’s spring 2014 Economic Outlook C-suite survey, this year’s top investment priority for the healthcare C-suite crowd is healthcare information technology (HIT).

CMS says first test of ICD-10 claim acceptance is a success

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), it was able to accept nearly all of the more than 127,000 ICD-10 test claims submitted by approximately 2,600 providers, suppliers, billing companies and claims clearinghouses who participated in its test in early March.

CMS and ONC propose extension to Meaningful Use Stage 2

With only a fraction of hospitals and eligible professionals being ready to report for the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs using the 2014 certified EHR technology criteria (aka, Meaningful Use Stage 2), the administration has issued a proposed policy to allow reporting using Stage 1 criteria for one more year.

ANSI wins second term as ONC-approved accreditor

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has selected the non-profit American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for a second three-year term as the ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) for the ONC Health Information Technology (HIT) Certification Program.

Criticism of EHR incentive program grows

Meaningful Use bashing is no longer just for the healthcare providers and electronic health record (EHR) system developers. Experts who’ve been involved in the creation of the government’s EHR adoption incentive program and other industry watchers are now also calling for changes.

6 steps the government needs to take to advance telehealth

The Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation issued a report this week that highlighted important regulatory and policy changes that need to be made to fully realize the potential cost savings of telehealth services.