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William Hersh: HIT education has undergone a 'huge change'

While William Hersh, professor and chair of the department of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, believes that technology is crucial to health IT education, he doesn't think it's necessarily the most important aspect of the industry for students to master. In an exclusive interview, Hersh touches on the evolution of health IT education over the better part of three decades, as well as how he thinks recent federal legislation impacts his efforts.

DeSalvo touts interoperability, Blue Button at Consumer Health IT Summit

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT jumped into National Health IT Week in the District of Columbia by placing the focus on the consumers' role in their own healthcare.

Medicare and LDCT lung cancer screening--evidence mounts for coverage

Last December, when the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening for high-risk smokers, it was all but a foregone conclusion that the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) would follow suit and recommend it to be covered by Medicare. Of course, that narrative took a different turn this past April when MEDCAC voted not to recommend LDCT screening, much to the dismay of lung cancer screening advocates. But now, two recent studies seem have supplied evidence that supports lung cancer screening for Medicare patients.

Joan Rivers' death and end-of-life care, informed consent and risk of routine procedures

The circumstances that led to Joan Rivers' death--and whether an error occurred at the outpatient center where she reportedly had an endoscopy to determine what was wrong with her vocal chords--are still unclear, according to the  New York Magazine.  But the complications she experienced and her death raise important healthcare considerations for hospitals, clinicians and patients.

Providers: Apple Watch, HealthKit intriguing for patient care, but challenges persist

As Apple looks to team with provider organizations and other health technology vendors on efforts relating to its forthcoming HealthKit platform and its new wearable device, Apple Watch, it will be interesting to see how much traction it gains among clinicians. To that end, we queried our FierceHealthIT Editorial Advisory Board for their thoughts on Apple's new offerings.

10 Influential Women in Health IT in 2014

Whether serving as government officials, clinicians, educators or researchers, women continue to play a major role in the evolution of health IT both in the U.S. and around the world. Once again, we asked our readers to nominate who they thought to be the most influential women in health IT for our third annual list. View list

HIT data leaks: It's time to fix the plumbing

As everyone knows, hackers are always on the hunt for credit card data, personal information such as Social Security numbers and any financial details to steal money, grab someone's identity and sell the info to the highest bidder.

Why CMS should reimburse for secondary imaging interpretations

The comment period for the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule ended last week and radiology and imaging-related organizations expressed their concerns about a number of issues, such as the potential for significant reimbursement reductions in radiation oncology services. One area of particular interest to these organizations has to do with the payment for the secondary interpretation of images.

Marketing lessons for ACOs

To educate consumers, accountable care organizations need to do a better job of marketing their services. Not sure where to begin?  FierceHealthcare  talked to ACO leaders and healthcare marketing experts for insights on marketing strategies for ACOs. 

Hospital CIOs: Meaningful Use flexibility rule 'too little, too late'

Despite the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' efforts to add flexibility to the Meaningful Use incentive program through a finalized rule announced last Friday, many hospital CIOs on  FierceHealthIT 's Editorial Advisory Board remain frustrated about what lies ahead.