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Trump’s Budget Request for 2018 Includes $22M Cut for ONC

May 23, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for 2018, unveiled to the public on May 23, includes significant cuts to various departments that touch health IT, including the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Up-and-Comers 2017: Audacious Inquiry’s Bold Goals for Health Information Exchange

May 23, 2017     David Raths
Maryland’s Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) is widely considered one of the most successful statewide HIEs in the U.S. Perhaps less well known is the technology partner behind CRISP.

One Consultant’s View on Health Care System Reform, And the Need to Drive Down Costs

May 23, 2017     Heather Landi
Michael Abrams, co-founder and managing partner of Numerof and Associates, shares his perspectives on health care system reform and why patient care organization leaders need to get serious, now, about eliminating non-value-added cost in their delivery of care

BREAKING: The Healthcare Informatics 100: Our Annual Ranking of Healthcare IT Vendors by Revenue

May 22, 2017     the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
The editors of Healthcare Informatics are once again proud to present the newest edition of our unique industry offering: the Healthcare Informatics 100 (THE 100), a compilation of the top health IT companies based on HIT revenues from the most recent fiscal year.

A Modern Villain

May 19, 2017     John Nye, vice president, cybersecurity strategy, CynergisTek
The biggest and most obvious reason that healthcare IT professionals should pay attention are the most recent activities for which The Dark Overlord is gaining recognition.

At the Health IT Summit in Chicago, a Discussion of IT Security Focuses on Frameworks

May 18, 2017     Mark Hagland
On May 12 at Healthcare Informatics’ Health IT Summit in Chicago, a discussion of IT security strategy turned towards the frameworks available to the leaders of patient care organizations

For One Tennessee Orthopedic Group, Patient Engagement Accelerates Performance Improvement

May 17, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Originally not sure if patient portals would provide value, leaders at OrthoTennessee quickly changed their perception on the importance of engagement.

Thinking Strategically about MACRA and MIPS: Will It Be Sink or Swim in 2019? (Part 2 of Two)

May 17, 2017     Heather Landi
In Part Two of a two-part article, healthcare IT experts explore the reputational and operational implications of MIPS reporting as well as the necessary investments in health IT and other resources in order to succeed in the program.

Exclusive Report: What Can U.S. Healthcare IT Leaders Learn, in the Wake of Wanna Cry?

May 17, 2017     Mark Hagland and Heather Landi
Industry leaders credit the Wanna Cry, or Wanna Decryptor, ransomware virus that struck the world on Friday, May 12, with offering U.S. patient care organizations a jolt of recognition around what must be done now to secure our clinical IS

CMS: Two-Thirds of Medicare Clinicians will be Exempt from MIPS Early On

May 16, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Although there has been significant concern regarding clinicians’ readiness for MACRA/MIPS, CMS has said that for varying reasons, many Medicare doctors won’t have to report to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) this year.

Closing the Healthcare Industry’s Skills Gaps

May 15, 2017     By Terry McDonough, CEO of Strayer@Work
Healthcare hiring managers are having a particularly challenging time filling positions that require information technology skills. The healthcare industry also faces a growing need for leaders and strategists.

DEVELOPING: How One Cybersecurity Expert Worked Out a “Kill Switch” for the Wanna Decryptor Ransomware Virus

May 13, 2017     Mark Hagland
A U.K.-based cybersecurity analyst known only as MalwareTech figured out a “kill switch” to stop the Wanna Decryptor 2.0 ransomware virus—but could that victory end up being short-lived?

BREAKING: As Wanna Decryptor 2.0 Spreads Damage Globally, Washington Post Reports on Discovery of a “Kill Switch” That Could Stop It

May 13, 2017     Mark Hagland
As damage from the Wanna Decryptor 2.0 ransomware virus continued to spread across the globe on Saturday, news reports identified an anonymous cybersecurity expert who has stumbled upon a “kill switch”—but could the kill switch itself be rendered useless?

Massive Ransomware Attack Spreading Across U.K. Hospitals

May 12, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Hospitals throughout the U.K. were hit with a massive ransomware attack that has affected providers’ and staffers’ ability to access patient data and has resulted in the diversion of ambulances.

At the Health IT Summit-Chicago, a Providence Health Leader Charts His Organization’s Journey Around Population Health

May 12, 2017     Mark Hagland
Leaders at Providence Health & Services have been moving forward assertively on population health management, and Providence’s Preston Simmons on Thursday shared insights from their journey, at the Health IT Summit in Chicago

Leaving the Pioneer ACO Program Successful, Atrius Health Gets Ready for its Next Accountable Care Test

May 11, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
The Pioneer program ended in 2016, but Atrius Health is taking on the Next Gen ACO model with the same goals that it has always had—improving outcomes for patients at a more affordable cost.

Thinking Strategically About MACRA and MIPS: Will it Be Sink or Swim in 2019? (Part 1 of 2)

May 10, 2017     Heather Landi
In Part One of this two-part article exploring the implications of MACRA for healthcare providers, healthcare leaders and health IT experts discuss why it’s critical for clinicians to think strategically, rather than tactically, about MACRA compliance.

A Nursing Informatics Leader Parses the Challenges of EHR Optimization

May 9, 2017     Heather Landi
Joyce Sensmeier, R.N., vice president of informatics at HIMSS North America, shares her perspective on the critical role nursing informaticists play in helping health systems realize value from health IT investments and achieve improved outcomes.

Getting Practical on Population Health: What Pioneers Are Learning Now

May 9, 2017     Mark Hagland
As even the most advanced patient care organizations in the U.S. continue to work through some of the thorny fundamental issues around how to begin leveraging data analytics to support population health efforts under risk-bearing contracts, industry experts are urging healthcare IT leaders to base their healthcare IT plans on broader organizational strategies around risk

Houses Narrowly Passes Bill to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

May 4, 2017     Heather Landi
The U.S. House of Representatives voted by a thin narrow Thursday to pass legislation, the American Health Care Act, designed to repeal and replace portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate.