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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.

Big data efforts in healthcare will require patience

The terms "Meaningful Use" and "ICD-10" got plenty of play this year, but another phrase tossed around quite a bit in health IT this year was "big data." On the FierceHealthIT website alone, 26 posts in 2013 (not counting this one) contained the term "big data" in the headline. Here's a roundup of some of the more memorable big data stories from 2013.

At Cleveland Clinic, the data is all about the patient

It's a pretty awesome time to be a healthcare technology reporter, professionally speaking. Personally? I see green every time I hear about the latest advance in patient-facing healthcare...

Interoperability: Let's talk solutions

It's easy to talk about the barriers to interoperability, frankly. It's a bit tougher to offer actionable strategies for moving closer to a day when data and information flow freely across systems.