Keys to viable HIEs going forward

Seven key elements are required to keep health information exchange organizations viable into the future, according to the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association.

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UMHS CIO Sue Schade: Culture change at health organizations takes time

When a CIO moves to a new organization, making changes takes time and patience, says Sue Schade, CIO at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.

Groups urge use of remote monitoring for more connected healthcare

In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week, both Health IT Now and the Telecommunications Industry Association urge increased use of remote patient monitoring technologies to create a more connected healthcare system. The comments came in response to CMS' request for information on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation's Health Plan Innovation Model Concepts.

Partners' Cara Babachicos: The people part of IT is really complicated

While health IT education is a passion for Cara Babachicos, the corporate director of information systems and CIO of community hospitals and non-acute entities at Boston-based Partners HealthCare also has a bevy of day-to-day responsibilities to ensure that the 10 sites she oversees run smoothly. From a personnel standpoint, alone, the task is not an easy one.

Healthcare ripe for rise of chief data officers

There are chief information officers and chief information security officers, but there's another health IT position coming into play in the industry--the chief data officer.

Making the case for personal health data sharing

Despite the security risks, we all have a responsibility to help advance medicine by sharing our health data, according to attorney Beth Seidenberg, M.D.

AMA's Robert Wah: Doctors need more from Meaningful Use

It's an exciting time for healthcare, and technology is the key to better care, but there's still work to do, according to Robert Wah, president of the American Medical Association.

Report: Economic fallout from med device tax 'negligible'

The financial impact on the medical device industry from the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax that went into effect in January 2013 as part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act should be "relatively small," according to a new report published this week by Congressional Research Service.

Geisinger's Glenn Steele: OpenNotes changing care at a fundamental level

Through initiatives like the OpenNotes project, Danville, Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health System is aiming to change patient care at a fundamental level, CEO Glenn Steele said during a keynote speech at last week's College of Healthcare Information Management Executives annual fall forum in San Antonio, Texas.

Privacy attorney: Med device cybersecurity guidance 'is the future'

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's cybersecurity guidance for medical devices, published Oct. 1, remains voluntary, but device makers would be wise to heed it, privacy attorney Ellen Giblin said in an interview with

How hospital CIOs handle major mergers

With the announcement of a merger between Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network in New Jersey last month, the chief information officers at both organizations have a lot of work to do.

Large organizations press on with ICD-10; worries plague smaller groups

As organizations continue to prepare for the switch to ICD-10, smaller entities are anticipating more difficulties than their larger counterparts, according to an AHIMA survey.

Partners' Cara Babachicos: The importance of CIO education

For Cara Babachicos, corporate director of information systems and CIO of community hospitals and non-acute entities at Boston-based Partners HealthCare, knowledge is power. That's why Babachicos, who oversees four site CIOs, serves as an associate faculty member for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives' CIO Boot Camp; to share her perspectives on hospital IT and leadership, while also learning from others about their experiences.

HIEs require flexible staff as they expand into new care settings

As health information exchange organizations continue to expand into new care settings, such as payers and accountable care organizations, the undertaking will require staff be open-minded to change, according to a new report.

Health Plan identifier rule put on hold

The Department of Health and Human Services has put on indefinite hold its requirement for use of a Health Plan Identifier in HIPAA transactions.

How ACOs are harnessing IT to transform care coordination

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in a new report, highlights success stories from accountable care organizations that are harnessing technology in the transition to value-based payments.

Linda Reed on ICD-10: Prepare and don't get caught short

Despite yet another delay in the transition to ICD-10, providers still must remain focused and alert to ensure that, should implementation go forward on Oct. 1, 2015, cash flow remains uninterrupted. That was the message last week from Linda Reed, vice president and CIO at Morristown, New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System.

Innovation a back-burner priority for hospital IT departments

While innovation in the healthcare industry continues to grow, hospital CIOs spend little of their time innovating according to a College of Healthcare Information Management Executives poll conducted ahead of the organization's annual fall forum, held last week in San Antonio, Texas.

Why technology won't replace human interaction in healthcare

Technology may be taking the place of human interaction in some aspects of healthcare, but that doesn't make in-person contact and communication any less important, according to Sue Desmond-Hellmann, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator.