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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.

3 ways to drive employee engagement and satisfaction

As many healthcare providers make cutbacks in services, it's important they retain employees and keep them satisfied, especially in light of documented links between employee engagement and patient satisfaction.

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.

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.

Hospital CIOs: ONC leadership exodus raises questions about federal HIT priorities

Hospital CIOs expressed concern that the sudden announced departures of National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo and Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider potentially leave federal health IT efforts in limbo.

HLC's Mary Grealy: Interoperability mandate in next SGR bill wouldn't surprise me

In discussing the bevy of hurdles impeding the path to interoperability in healthcare at the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange's annual fall conference this week, Mary Grealy, president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, which represents chief executives from healthcare companies and organizations nationwide, outlined several steps and principles necessary to guide that transition.

Leading by example: Patient experience the Cleveland Clinic way

In an exclusive interview, Cleveland Clinic Chief Experience Officer James Merlino, M.D. explains what led to his personal philosophy of patient experience and how the organization implemented strategies to become a leader in patient satisfaction.

Karen DeSalvo: Interoperability won't come easy

At the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange's annual fall conference in Reston, Virginia on Tuesday, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo reiterated the challenges and goals associated with implementing ubiquitous interoperability throughout the healthcare industry.

Improving care transitions for pediatric asthma patients

Ivor Horn, M.D., an emergency medical physician at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., has her sights set on creating truly patient-centered technology with mobile solutions. She and fellow physicians at Children's are focusing on at-risk children and adolescents with asthma--and the stress and confusion that caring for those children that can cause parents.

More patients open to primary care offered by physician assistants

As the healthcare industry seeks to find ways to address the primary care shortage, a recent nationwide survey finds that patients are more open to care provided by physician assistants.  FierceHealthcare spoke to John McGinnity, president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, about the profession and how it is set to fill the gaps in healthcare today.