Susan D. Hall

Biography for Susan D. Hall

Susan Hall spent more than 20 years as a newspaper writer and editor in Dallas and Seattle before making the leap online at MSNBC. Now living in Louisville, Ky., she has focused on enterprise technology as a writer and editor for IT Business Edge. Most recently she has written for and Enterprise Apps Today. Follow @FierceHealthIT on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Susan D. Hall

Why hospital CIOs must carve out time for innovation

Healthcare leaders tend to get bogged down in the day-to-day, while "finding time for innovation amidst the swirl of must-do projects can be a challenge," according to John Halamka, chief information officer at Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Burwell presses Congress for more ONC, precision medicine funding

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Thursday lobbied for a big boost in funding for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the National Institutes of Health and the president's Precision Medicine Initiative at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health.

Few docs on track with ICD-10 implementation, survey indicates

Physician practices remain optimistic about their ability to meet the ICD-10 deadline and are slightly more prepared to meet that goal than last year, according to the results of a new survey from vendor Navicure.

NIH head: Technology will help drive Precision Medicine Initiative

The path forward for the Precision Medicine Initiative that President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union speech in some respects has yet to be invented, but the time is right for this bold step, writes Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in a perspective article for The New England Journal of Medicine.

Data-sharing fees: A healthcare reform-killer?

The fees associated with sharing patient data threaten to thwart the $30 billion federal push to move the healthcare industry to electronic records--and it could require Congress to step in to change things.

Report outlines plan to implement med device surveillance system

A new report lays out a seven-year, $250 million proposal to study and launch the National Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioned the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, which wrote the report, to oversee the Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System Planning Board.

Cybersecurity focus by HHS, other federal agencies 'abysmal'

A new study from The Brookings Institution slams federal agencies for doing a poor job of making cybersecurity part of their strategic plans.

Health threat-analysis organizations to boost cybersecurity prep

President Barack Obama's executive order to use information sharing and analysis organizations to boost cybersecurity will raise awareness and help create better coordination between private entities and government, according to Deborah Kobza, executive director of the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Lack of resources the biggest hurdle for healthcare organizations in defending cyberattacks

Security professionals in the United States say they feel ill-prepared to defend against cybersecurity attacks, according to new research conducted by The Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Lockheed Martin. In all, 678 professionals responsible for directing the cybersecurity activities at their organizations were polled, 114 from the healthcare industry. They rated their ability to defend against cyberattacks at 4.9 on scale of 10.

Health IT execs cite lack of expertise to comply with government mandates

Three in five health IT professionals see government mandates as having a negative effect on the industry, according to a report from cloud-services vendor Peak 10. Ninety-four percent said those mandates affect IT strategy, and a majority say they lack the expertise to effectively comply with them.