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Hospital CIOs: Leadership is more than a title

Between implementing government initiatives and ensuring security of IT systems, it's easy to forget the importance of relationship building at all levels for hospital CIOs to achieve widespread success. That message, however, was delivered loud and clear by a trio of industry leaders at CHIME's annual fall forum.

California data breach report underscores need for encryption in healthcare

Seventy percent of breaches involving the California healthcare industry were due to unencrypted data on lost or stolen hardware or portable media, a problem that strong encryption would fix, according to the latest data breach report from the state's attorney general. 

 

HIT professionals must have 'customer empathy' when creating software

To create software that works, health IT professionals need to have "customer empathy," said Todd Dunn, director of innovation for Intermountain Healthcare's I.S. Organization.

Marc Probst: Intermountain will double and triple down on innovation in 2015

In part II of our exclusive interview with Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst, he discusses the federal interoperability road map draft, unveiled by ONC on Oct. 14. He also shares what his organization's primary focus will be in the coming year.

Online tool helps map location of healthcare professionals

A new online tool released by the American Medical Association will help patients find locations of the healthcare workforce countrywide.

CIOs should be more than just 'the head geek'

Success as a healthcare CIO boils down to having the right people on your team, Randy Davis, chief information officer and vice president of support services at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, Illinois, said in an interview at Becker's Health IT and CIO Review.

Marc Probst: It feels like Washington isn't listening to us

In part 1 of an exclusive interview with FierceHealthIT, Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst talks about ONC's ongoing leadership trials and tribulations, as well as the Meaningful Use program.

Cleveland Clinic releases list of top medical innovations for 2015

January is only a few months away but the Cleveland Clinic is already looking to the New Year with today's release of its list of top medical innovations for 2015.

Peer-to-peer HIE successful for Southeastern Minnesota Beacon Community

The Southeastern Minnesota Beacon Community demonstrated that it's possible to bring together hospitals, physicians, public health workers and school nurses for data sharing and targeted population health initiatives, according to a paper at eGEMS (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).

CCHIT to end operations by Nov. 14

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology started the process of closing its doors today.

Karen DeSalvo to 'maintain leadership' at ONC, agency says

Just call Karen DeSalvo the once and future National Coordinator for Health IT. ONC, in a Health IT Buzz blog post published Tuesday afternoon, said that DeSalvo, in fact, will not step down as National Coordinator--as the agency announced Oct. 23-- but instead will "maintain her leadership of ONC" while also serving as acting assistant secretary of health with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Report: Health IT market moves to more powerful care delivery method

As venture capitalists pump more money into healthcare tech and innovation, and companies make more valuable contributions to the field, the industry is entering Health Market 2.0, according to a report by global consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

Iowa telemedicine guidance at odds with board of medicine rule

The Iowa Board of Medicine's recent guidance on telemedicine is at odds with a rule its passed last year, The Des Moines Register writes in an opinion piece

High school coding programs give students taste of health information management

Rural hospitals in Kansas aren't waiting for students to graduate from high school to spark their interest in medical coding. They turn to health information management professionals to start the credentialing process early on--before students even get their high school diplomas.

ONC in disarray? Depends on your vantage point

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT certainly appears to be an agency in disarray. After all, not only will ONC be without its top two officials by the end of next month--with National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo named acting assistant secretary for health at HHS last week and Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider announcing he will head back to New York in November--the agency also has lost four other top officials. Since July, it has seen Joy Pritts, Lygeia Ricciardi, Judy Murphy and Doug Fridsma depart.

Beacon Community programs face barriers to success, report says

An evaluation of four Beacon Community projects found some common issues and barriers, according to a paper at eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes. The paper looked at commonalities among the projects, including structure, people, technology, tasks, and sustainability.

Predictive analytics in healthcare pose unique challenges

Looking to take a page from Amazon, Netflix and Google, investors have poured $1.9 billion into companies pursing predictive analytics in healthcare, though predicting the best course of treatment is significantly different than recommending a book or movie, according to a new Rock Health report.

Nash Health Care's Ken Kilmer: Use ICD-10 testing to avoid chaos

For Ken Kilmer, ICD-10 project manager at Rocky Mount, North Carolina-based Nash Health Care System, conducting a weeklong mock ICD-10 transition earlier this month was all about avoiding chaos in 2015.

FSMB CEO defends telemedicine policy

Federation of State Medical Boards President and CEO Humayun Chaudhry, in a recent letter to the Washington Post, took issue with the newspaper report on telemedicine expansion, published Oct. 20.

Google Trends promising for health research, but needs more transparency

While Google Trends has the potential to help with access to population data on behavior and its link to health and healthcare, it needs to be more transparent to be a useful tool, according to a new study.