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Dear Congress: Don't greenlight an ICD-10 ban

In Hollywood, studio executives have a tendency to milk every drop out of a movie franchise until its appeal dries up and withers away. Nowhere is this more evident than in the horror genre, where shark attacks have been reduced to a punchline, and masked serial killers continue to breathe oxygen after a countless number of deaths.

Expanding virtual care: How CIOs are catalysts for change

There is no better time than right now to be a CIO in healthcare because we are at the core of change.

HIMSS15: Don't underestimate the value of accountability

Looking ahead to next week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual conference in Chicago, several topics have the potential to grab headlines, including: The reactions...

Meaningful Use Stage 3: A battle for appropriate patient engagement requirements

Battle lines are being drawn between Meaningful Use Stage 3 supporters and those not so keen on some or all of the newly proposed rules.

The disturbing truth behind the Premera, Anthem attacks

As details continue to emerge following the recent hack attacks on payers Anthem and Premera--in which information for close to 90 million consumers combined may have been put at risk--perhaps the most disturbing revelation of all is that, in both instances, neither entity appears to truly take security seriously.

With ICD-10 now on Congress' radar, it's put up--not shut up--time

It seems as if finally--after three delays and endless back-and-forth arguments about merits, costs and complexities—the transition to ICD-10 will happen this October. To briefly recap:

  • First, the deadline was set for October 2011. Then this happened in January 2009
  • Then, the deadline was set for October 2013. Then this happened in February 2012
  • Then, the deadline was pushed back to October 2014. Then this came out of left field last spring

Will the fourth time be the charm?

ONC budget request sends a strong message about the growing importance of health IT

Federal health information technology efforts received a proverbial shot in the arm last week when President Obama unveiled his proposed budget for FY2016 last week.

How health IT security evolved into an industry priority

As recently as last spring, privacy and security appeared to be a back-burner issue for many in the healthcare industry. For instance, a planned cyberattack simulation conducted in April by the...

CES 2015: What health innovations caught your eye?

Much of the tone regarding healthcare at this year's international Consumer Electronics Show focused on ensuring the safety of consumer data shared via wearable devices and other technologies, with both HIMSS (via its Personal Connected Health Alliance) and the Federal Trade Commission speaking out about looming privacy risks.

Still, that didn't take away from the bevy of innovative new tools on display in Las Vegas last week.