Why healthcare info governance must be 'proactively managed'

While working on Wall Street, Laura Zubulake dealt with information convergence and governance, later becoming a key player in landmark opinions on preservation of electronically stored information. In an interview published this week in the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association, Zubulake spoke about her experiences and how they translate to healthcare.

De-identification effective in maintaining patient privacy if done right

As hospitals and healthcare organizations adopt new ways to store and share data, privacy and security of the information is a top priority--and with that comes de-identification of data.

Security chops more valuable than business acumen in top HIT roles

In the push to beef up security in healthcare, it's better to focus on security skills over healthcare experience if it comes down to hard choices between the two in hiring executives, writes security expert and author Mansur Hasib.

Guidebook offers action plan to address alarm fatigue

The ECRI has issued a guidebook to help hospitals address what the institute has deemed a top health technology hazard, alarm fatigue.

4 recommendations to harness big data

The use of big data in healthcare poses unique challenges, according to a Brookings post that offers four recommendations.

Analysts on Cerner deal: Cost is high, but devil is in long-term details

While Cerner's megadeal to acquire Siemens' health IT portfolio for $1.3 billion was made with an eye on a future beyond Meaningful Use, it has vaulted the company ahead of rival Epic in terms of number of hospital clients, according to Chilmark Research Analyst John Moore.

ONC's interoperability vision draws concern from federal advisers

While an official with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT provided an overview of a forthcoming interoperability roadmap at a virtual meeting of the agency's health IT policy committee on Wednesday, committee members raised concerns that perhaps the aim the agency's effort is too broad.

Beacon Community case study: Partnerships the foundation to HIT projects

Developing community relationships was a foundational step to improving safety-net care in New Orleans, according to a case study of the Crescent City Beacon Community.

Physicians question safety of medical auction site

When prices for surgery and other medical procedures rise above what a patient can afford, they may find a cheaper deal online--but some physicians are critical of the practice.

State med board's proposal could impede telemedicine use

Telemedicine is growing throughout the U.S., with multiple states adopting new technologies and gaining funding for various projects. However, in Tennessee recently proposed rules could be a setback in using the technology.

The silver lining for ICD-10 skeptics this time around

It's telling that the recent announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalizing Oct. 1, 2015, as the new ICD-10 deadline was met mostly with skepticism, at least by hospital CIOs and provider organizations with whom I spoke last week. Still, there appears to be one big difference between this delay and the last one: Right up front, CMS announced plans for readiness testing for providers, including end-to-end testing.

State looks to telemedicine to help alcohol, drug abusers

South Dakota will receive funding to test using telemedicine to help people in remote areas of the state who have problems with drug and alcohol abuse.

3 ways to avoid HIE missteps

Organizations juggling having a fee-for-services business model while implementing value-based programs may face obstacles when it comes to interoperability and health information exchanges, Brian Ahier, director of standards and government affairs at Medicity.

Case study: Primary care practices need help to effectively use HIT

Primary care practices require sustained, focused efforts to effectively incorporate health IT into their work to improve care, according to a case study of practices in the Colorado Beacon Consortium.

Electronic reminders help reduce risk of surgical site infections

Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin found electronic reminders an effective way to get patients to adhere to a preadmission antiseptic showering regimen shown to help reduce risk of surgical site infections.

The rise of nurses in health IT

From chief nursing informatics officers to chief information officers, nurses increasingly are taking on new leadership roles in health IT and having a major impact on healthcare innovation and delivery.

4 keys to successful HIT vendor-client relationships

When it comes to relationships between health IT vendors and clients, there are many ways to ensure they are positive for both parties involved.

Modeling tool sheds insight on physician workforce needs

In an effort to predict where the physician shortage will hit the hardest, researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have developed a web-based model to determine how many physicians each region, state and the nation needs.

Feds outline new ICD-10 testing plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, piggybacking on its announcement Thursday finalizing Oct. 1, 2015, as the new ICD-10 deadline, have outlined a "comprehensive four-pronged approach" to helping providers prepare for the transition.

Healthcare lessons learned from 'hacktivist' attack

Hospitals cannot assume they're safe from hackers, writes Daniel J. Nigrin, M.D., in a perspective on healthcare cybersecurity at The New England Journal of Medicine.