How technology in the pharmacy can boost med safety

By Steve Kessinger, Cape Coral Hospital "Optimizing patient outcomes through interdisciplinary medication management" is our pharmacy department's purpose. Let me elaborate on our...

ONC's Karen DeSalvo meets the press

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo answered the question on everyone's mind this morning: When will healthcare providers get more detail about today's announcement that CMS will...

UPDATED: CMS to be more flexible with Meaningful Use Stage 2 hardship exemptions

Meaningful Use Stage 2 will go on as planned with no further delays or extensions, but Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced Thursday at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla., that the agency would be flexible about providing "hardship exemptions" for providers and vendors truly struggling to meet the requirements.

Hillary Clinton: Technology provides healthcare reform with necessary evidence

Debates in Washington, D.C. may sometimes feel like they take place in an "evidence-free zone," but healthcare information technology provides the evidence needed to achieve better healthcare for all, Hillary Clinton said Wednesday during a keynote address at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

5 ways technology can enable accountable care

Leading by example, giving patients better access to their health records and borrowing innovations from other industries are all good strategies to transform healthcare, according to a panel of experts (pictured right) at FierceHealthIT's executive breakfast, "Harnessing Technology and Data to Enable Accountable Care," held this morning at the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Orlando, Fla.

Feds promise to publish FDASIA report on HIT regulation in March

Federal officials speaking at a panel discussion Tuesday at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla., said they expect to publish a draft report on a risk-based regulatory framework for health IT that promotes innovation, protects patient safety and avoids regulatory duplication by the end of March.

ONC's Joy Pritts: Security risk assessment tool coming soon

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will soon be releasing a security risk assessment tool, representatives from the agency announced Tuesday at the Healthcare Information and...

HIMSS survey: Nursing informatics on the rise

The field of nursing informatics continues to grow and more informaticists have post-graduate training, according to the 2014 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey, released Tuesday at the Health Information and Management Systems Society's (HIMSS) annual conference.

Intermountain's Marc Probst on interoperability, Meaningful Use and ICD-10

What's holding the industry back from achieving interoperability? One reason is that it lacks the "wow factor," says Marc Probst. The CIO of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, who talked exclusively with FierceHealthIT at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives' CIO forum in Orlando, Fla., this week, said interoperability takes vision and patience.

HIMSS leadership survey touts provider readiness for federal mandates

More than 75 percent of respondents to the survey, released Monday afternoon at the organization's annual conference in Orlando, indicated that they expect to qualify for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use this year.

State of health IT interoperability: An upward climb

Healthcare organizations are working toward improving interoperability--and know it is vital to their survival and growth in the evolving healthcare market, according to a new HIMSS Analytics report, released at the organization's annual conference this week.

National provider orgs 'plead' with HHS for Meaningful Use extension

Nearly 50 of the nation's most influential provider organizations--including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and the Medical Group Management Association--asked for a front-end extension to Meaningful Use Stage 2 in a letter sent to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

CMS' Robert Tagalicod hints at Meaningful Use 'relief' announcement at HIMSS

On Thursday--the final day of the 2014 HIMSS conference that gets underway in Orlando today--there will be an announcement about Meaningful Use "under the rubric of relief," said Robert Tagalicod, director of the office of e-health standards and services at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Gov. mandates, data proliferation keep CIOs up at night

The top priorities for health information technology (HIT) executives in the next two years are not only closely tied to governmental mandates. Managing the exponential propagation of data, which...

ONC releases recommendations for improving patient matching

Delivering on an initiative that started last fall, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Friday released findings of its study of patient-matching practices in the private sector and federal agencies.

Judy Murphy: Technology will drive care improvement

By Dan Bowman For Judy Murphy, ONC deputy national coordinator for programs and policy, ensuring that there's no complacency when it comes to the quality and safety of care provided in the U.S....

CPOE trial shows signs of success

In the past, there hasn't been much research into what determines success for a computerized physician order entry system. But when John Kenagy, Ph.D., senior vice president and CIO of Legacy Health in Portland, participated in a trial with Kaiser Permanente Northwest and Oregon Health & Science University, he found the model's three variables--information quality, technology quality and service quality--were predictive of success.

Who bears the costs for clinical data-sharing?

In the push to boost clinical data-sharing for research, there's little discussion of the costs it entails, according to an article at the Journal of the American Medical Association. Pushing...

Collaboration focuses on standards for eHealth, Internet of Things

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and MEMS Industry Group, the trade association for micro-electromechanical systems, have teamed up to boost...

Researchers achieve human genome analysis at supercomputer speed

While sequencing the human genome in the past has taken many months, researchers recently found a way to analyze 240 full genomes in two days through the use of a supercomputer.