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 Dice.com and Enterprise Apps Today. Follow @FierceHealthIT on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Susan D. Hall

CMS Open Payments database: Exclusions mount

More data is expected to be withheld when the Open Payments database, meant to disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors, launches to the public, ProPublica reports.

Immunization info systems key to boosting vaccination rates

Immunization information systems (IIS) play a key role in helping patients and providers keep up to date on vaccinations and in prevention and effective response to disease outbreaks, according to a blog post at Health IT Buzz.

Prescription decision support fails to curb patient costs, boost med adherence

A clinical decision support system aimed at helping providers prescribe the drug least expensive to the patient failed to significantly reduce patients costs or improve medication adherence.

Notification system shows potential to improve care coordination

Clinical event notification (CEN) services are "a logical next step" to unlocking the potential of health information exchanges to improve care coordination, according to a study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

Research touts 10-year success of telestroke units

Telestroke units helped increase the number of rural patients treated and deliver treatment faster, according to a 10-year evaluation published in the journal Stroke.

Community Health Systems breach cost estimates as high as $150 million

The Community Health Systems breach exposing 4.5 million patients' data in 29 states is expected to be costly--the total bill could be somewhere between $75 million and $150 million, according to a calculation at Forbes.

Mac McMillan: 'Disparate' health privacy requirements overwhelming for providers

As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights ramps up its audits of healthcare entities in the coming months, there is a sense among some that there will be a flood of fines levvied compared to actions that have already been taken. Mac McMillan, chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force, and CEO of IT security consulting firm CynergisTek, actually foresees trouble looming at the state level for providers, as well.

Mac McMillan: Health IT security compliance does not equal safety

FierceHealthIT recently spoke with Mac McMillan, chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force and CEO of IT security consulting firm CynergisTek, about the current state of healthcare security. In part 1 of this two-part interview, McMillan discusses what he thinks hospital CIOs need to focus on.

Using the Facebook model to spur HIE adoption

Health information exchanges are like Facebook for doctors, according to a Brookings article: They want to be where their friends are.

FDA's latest API focuses on medical device adverse events

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released an Application Programming Interface to make data on medical device adverse events more accessible to the public.