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HIMSS Names Hal Wolf as New President and CEO

The Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has named Harold “Hal” Wolf III as its new president and CEO, to succeed H. Stephen Lieber.

ONC Seeking Feedback on Common Agreement and Exchange Framework

On Monday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) kicked off the first of three meetings and webinars to inform the public about the department’s work related to the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act trusted exchange framework and common agreement provisions.

NIH Announces First Community Partners for All of Us Research Effort

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced its first four community partner awards to begin building a national network of recruiters for its All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative.

Survey: Clinicians Rate Biometric Devices as Most Effective Patient Engagement Tech

There are many technologies for engaging patients in their own care, but according to a survey of members of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council, patient portals are not viewed as the most effective technology for patient engagement initiatives.

Pragmatic Clinical Trials Network to Focus on Genomic Medicine Interventions

The federal National Human Genome Research Institute has announced a five-year effort to conduct pragmatic clinical trials to measure the clinical utility and cost-effectiveness of genomic medicine interventions and assess approaches for real-world application of genomic medicine in diverse clinical settings.

Six State HIEs Now Participating in Patient Center Data Home Across the West

An HIE-to-HIE hub, known as the Patient Centered Data Home and spearheaded by SHIEC, is expanding across the West, with six states now connected and exchanging admission, discharge and transfer notifications for patients.

Creating a Cybersecurity Culture: What Healthcare IT Security Leaders Already Know

July 26, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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It was fascinating to hear healthcare IT leaders discuss the topic of developing a culture of cybersecurity, during the Health IT Summit in Denver, and to find out what they’re already learning through their efforts in their organizations

One Health System’s Journey to Improve Patient Engagement

July 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Clinical and IT leaders at Phoenix-based Maricopa Integrated Health System have collaborated to increase patient adoption of the personal health record to enable patients to be more involved in their own care.

UCLA Health Moves Forward to Connect Patients to Services—and to their Data

July 25, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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UCLA Health vice chancellor and CIO Michael Pfeffer, M.D. shares his perspectives on his organization’s advances into patient and consumer engagement, data-sharing, and the experience of being a physician CIO

GUEST BLOG: Just Say No

July 25, 2017  |  Mac McMillan
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There are some very urgent steps that healthcare IT security leaders need to take, right now, in the face of constant malware threats, says Mac McMillan, president and CEO of the Austin, Texas-based CynergisTek consulting firm

How CIOs Can Lead the Charge in IT-Enabled Patient Engagement

July 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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As healthcare continues to evolve from a fee-for-service to a value-based care payment model, healthcare executive leaders see patent engagement as a top priority. Moving forward, CIOs need to play a vital leadership role in IT-enabled initiatives.

In an Evolving Threat Landscape, Healthcare IT Security Leaders Face the Growing Challenge of IoT Devices

July 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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During a recent webinar hosted by the Center for Connected Medicine, healthcare IT security thought leaders parsed the challenges of cybersecurity and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) in an evolving threat environment.

New Perspectives on the Meaning of Success—As MD Group Leaders Forge Ahead Into Risk

July 21, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Sometimes, even a book’s title and book-jacket copy can be riveting. In one case, it reminded me of how pioneering medical groups are transforming their organizations in order to take on financial risk.

At the Health IT Summit in Denver, Parsing the Complexities Around Creating a Cybersecurity Culture

July 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Denver, healthcare IT leaders and experts discussed the ongoing challenge of creating cultures of security in patient care organizations—and the layers of complexity in executing around that challenge

Will Proposed Changes to the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Save Safety-Net Hospitals From Further Penalties?

July 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Two senior leaders at The BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation speak to Healthcare Informatics regarding the impact of a recent CMS rule that could shake up the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

Beware of the Thirsty Candidates

July 20, 2017  |  Tim Tolan
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It’s a bad sign if a prospective employee appears too aggressive during the hiring process.