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ONC officials should get comfortable on the Capitol Hill hot seat

Ten years after its creation during the Bush administration, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT finds itself squarely in the crosshairs of federal lawmakers uncertain of the...

Trimmer ONC will have its work cut out for it

Midway through her first year as national coordinator for health IT, Karen DeSalvo, no doubt, has put her stamp on ONC.

Healthcare security is not a back-burner issue

With stricter HIPAA audits on the horizon, the threat of the Federal Trade Commission also cracking down on breaches and the notorious Heartbleed bug looming, you would think the healthcare industry--and provider organizations, in particular--would take any measures necessary to ensure, or at least improve, privacy and security. That, however, does not appear to be the case, if news reported within the past few months is any indication.

HealthCare.gov wasn't Sebelius' only IT project, just the most high-profile

When U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned last week after five years of service, I wanted to know what members of FierceHealthIT's Editorial...

In response to the Senate's silence on ICD-10, a word about the delay

The importance of ICD-10 to legislators in the context of the sustainable growth rate patch was made abundantly clear by the number of mentions the implementation received in more than three hours...

Why nurses deserve a seat at the health IT development table

As the use of technology in healthcare becomes more ubiquitous, one question that deserves more attention is that of the role of nurses in making development and implementation decisions; essentially, what should that role be?

Why CIOs are skipping HIMSS this year

For many health IT executives, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference provides an opportunity to connect with industry colleagues and potential vendor...

Security ruling could spell double trouble for hospital CIOs

As if data breaches weren't already painful enough for hospital CIOs with the new HIPAA rules, now it appears that government regulation may not end with the Office for Civil Rights.

Momentum for telemedicine continues to build

Last spring, I wrote in this space that telemedicine was poised for a mainstream breakthrough. While that prediction hasn't exactly come to fruition--according to the American Telemedicine Association, as of Jan. 3, 2014, 13 states still have yet to propose any sort of telehealth legislation or even examine its effectiveness via a taskforce--I still believe that significant groundwork has been laid since that time.