U.S. House of Representatives Passes Cybersecurity Bill with Data-Sharing Protections

April 23, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
The U.S. House of Representatives on Apr. 22 passed a cybersecurity bill providing legal protections for companies that share cyberthreat information with each other and with the federal government, but Senate passage may be delayed

NIH Awards $20B to Improve Health IT

April 22, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) is awarding $20 billion in funds to 65 companies to provide the entire federal government with IT solutions.

How Duke is Using HealthKit to Get Patient-Generated Data into the EHR

April 21, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
At HIMSS15, in front of an inquisitive audience at the McCormick Place Convention Center on April 15, Ricky Bloomfield M.D., director, mobile technology strategy at Duke Medicine, gave an overview of how Duke is using Apple’s HealthKit to get patient-generated...

ONC Updates its Privacy and Security Guide

April 20, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Last week during the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published a revised version of its “Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information.”

Washington Debrief: Hospital Data Exchange Rates Increasing, Says ONC

April 20, 2015   |  Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
The percentage of hospitals electronically exchanging health information with health-care providers outside their IT network has steadily increased since the establishment of the federal State Health Information Exchange Program, according to a data brief...

Health IT Expert to Hospital CEOs: Time to Pay More Attention to Your Consumers

April 15, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
During a HIMSS15 meeting with Witt/Kieffer, an Oak Brook, Ill.-based executive healthcare search firm, Jim Utterback, the firm's IT practice leader, delivered a clear message to healthcare leaders.

Intermountain's Marc Probst Stands by MU Claim, Still Believes it's Time to Move On

April 13, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Last October at the CHIME Fall Forum, Intermountain Healthcare's CIO Marc Probst said that it was time to move on from the meaningful use program. At HIMSS15, he still stands by that declaration.

Imprivata Delivers "Hands-Free" Authentication, New Cortext Capabilities

April 13, 2015   |  Kayt Sukel
Imprivata delivers "hands-free" authentication solution, new Cortext capabilities

Live from CHIME CIO Forum: Security Draws Increasing CIO Focus

April 12, 2015   |  David Raths
The recent flurry of high-profile hacking attempts has moved security higher on the agendas of health system CIOs. Speaking at the CHIME CIO Spring Forum on April 12 in Chicago, Patricia Skarulis, CIO at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, gave her...

Research: Population Health Struggles Tied to Lack of Communication

April 7, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
A lack of communication in the healthcare system is hampering successful population health management, according to a recent survey from Harris Poll and the Knoxville, Tenn.-based PerfectServe.

RWJF Report Examines Health Data Amidst Public Concerns

April 3, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Princeton, N.J.-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and an independent advisory committee have released a report on health data, offering specific recommendations to better harness the data and address public concerns.
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