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HIMSS14 mHealth symposium gets an early start

Next week, the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference is being held in Orlando, Fla. If you can get there early, HIMSS14 has added a pre-conference mHealth...

CCHIT exits ONC certification business

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology announced this morning that, effective immediately, it will no longer certify electronic health record systems for the federal government's Meaningful Use incentive program, citing uncertainty with the timing and nature of future program requirements.

CMS: 'We're keeping the pedal to the metal'

CMS's proposal to extend the timelines for the Meaningful Use incentive program will give stakeholders more opportunity to evaluate it but will not impact the momentum of the program itself,...

HIMSS: New HIT framework must 'act in concert' with current device regs

Health IT products such as electronic health records and clinical decision support systems should be subject to a risk-based oversight framework that weighs factors such as "risk relative to intended use" with the intent to bring about patient safety, according to Scott MacLean, Chair of the HIMSS Board of Directors, and HIMSS President and CEO Steve Lieber. 

Reporter's Notebook: National Health IT Week

While Monday's Consumer Health IT Summit in Washington, D.C., helped to kick off this year's National Health IT Week with a bang, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' launch of its Meaningful Consent site brought increased attention to the issue of patient engagement, several other announcements and events helped to shape the week, as well.

Panelists discuss promise of telemedicine, big data at HIMSS policy summit

"What can we do to expand upon the current promise of telemedicine?" With that question, attorney Jessica Rosenworcel, commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, kicked off the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Policy Summit in Washington D.C. early Thursday morning.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: HIT funding must focus on 'leaders'

While investments in healthcare IT tools have the potential to pay off "in ways we can't even think of," first, such funding first must be focused in the right areas, according to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who spoke Wednesday at a press conference as part of the HIMSS HIT Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. during National Health IT Week.

Meaningful Use Stage 2 changes may be inevitable

This appears to be our summer of discontent when it comes to Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program, as the Jan. 1, 2014, start date looms ever closer. A number of stakeholders decided it was time to weigh in and suggest that Stage 2 be somehow delayed, modified, or both. I'm not sure whether HHS should delay implementation of Stage 2 in whole or in part, or whether it should soften the requirements. Arguments surely can be made on both sides.

HIMSS: Don't delay MU Stage 2, but give providers more time to attest

Stage 2 of Meaningful Use should start as scheduled, but the attestation period for its first year should be extended, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Physicians: EHR costs outweigh financial benefits

Electronic health record provider athenahealth's recently published Physician Sentiment Index report finds that although most physicians believe EHRs can improve outcomes, more than half also say that the cost of such tools outweighs their benefit.