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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.