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IBM Applying Watson Cognitive Technology to Cybersecurity

May 11, 2016  |  Heather Landi
IBM’s artificial intelligence platform Watson has won Jeopardy! and has been applied to transforming healthcare, and its now being trained to tackle cybercrime.

Survey: Moving Forward on Precision Medicine Requires the Right IT Tools and Talent

May 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Healthcare providers envision personalized medicine having a major influence on their organizations in the next two years, but it will require investing in the right technologies, like data analytics, and the right talent and skills sets.

CommonWell Adds eHealth Initiative, DICOM Grid, and Others to Its Growing Alliance

May 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The CommonWell Health Alliance announced this week that 11 new members have joined its effort to enhance nationwide health data exchange.

What If Your Business Associate Went Out of Business Suddenly?

May 3, 2016  |  David Raths
In the past when I heard consultants or corporate attorneys talk about the importance of crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s in business associate agreements, I sometimes thought they were overstating the case. No more!

Facing Up to the Ransomware Crisis: What Healthcare IT Leaders Need to Do Right Now

April 23, 2016  |  Mark Hagland, Rajiv Leventhal, and Heather Landi
Despite the sense of crisis in many quarters, industry experts say there are some very concrete, practical things that healthcare IT leaders can and should be doing right now to address the ransomware threat

Live from iHT2-Cleveland: Geisinger’s Shift from an EDW-Dependent Data Strategy to a Big-Data Strategy

April 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
John M. Kravitz, CIO of Geisinger Health System, shared with attendees at the Health IT Summit in Cleveland some of the developments taking place at his organization around the leveraging of data for care delivery improvement

Live from iHT2-Cleveland: Data Stewardship, Governance Issues Emerging as Huge Issues in Data-Fueled Organizations

April 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
As the leaders of pioneering patient care organizations push their organizations forward to use data in innovative ways, one thing is clear: new models of data governance, stewardship, and management are going to be needed

Loyalty to Current EHR Vendors Among Hospital Users Declined in 2016

April 18, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Among hospital electronic health record (EHR) users and healthcare IT leaders, loyalty to inpatient EHR vendors decreased from 81 percent to 75 percent, according to a Black Book 2016 Inpatient EHR survey.

Survey: 96% of Health IT Leaders Feel Vulnerable to Data Threats, Yet Focus Remains on Compliance

April 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Many healthcare organizations seem to be taking a “business as usual” approach with regard to security spending, as a survey of senior healthcare IT professionals found meeting compliance requirements was a higher spending priority than preventing data breaches.

Moving from Hacker to Attacker: Intermountain CIO Marc Probst on Healthcare's Increasing Data Security Challenge

April 11, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
At the World Health Care Congress 2016, Marc Probst, notable vice president and CIO of Salt Lake City, Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare, discussed the continual—and increasing— threat that the healthcare industry is facing when it comes to protecting data.

Baystate Health Leaders Leverage Virtualization, Convergence to Transform Their IT Infrastructure

April 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Baystate Health has launched a rebuild of its entire IT infrastructure with the aim of providing physicians and staff a technology platform that provides optimal application performance, accommodates ever-increasing demand while also controlling rising costs.

Record-Setting First Quarter for Digital Health Funding

April 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
2015 was considered to be the year that digital health funding hit its stride, and the first three months of 2016 have shaped up to be a record-setting first quarter.

IBM to Launch Watson Health Center in Italy

April 1, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
IBM will be launching a Watson Health data center in Italy, supporting the government of Italy's initiative to establish an international hub for the advancement of genomics, big data, aging, and nutrition.

IT Security Guru Mac McMillan: “The Threat Is Going to Increase in a Big Way” in the Next Few Years

March 28, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek, sees ransomware other healthcare IT security threats increasing “in a big way” in the next few years in healthcare—but he has suggestions on how to overcome them

Embracing the Cloud

March 28, 2016  |  Kayt Sukel
The healthcare industry is in a period of significant evolution, and leaders are looking to information technology investments to adapt. One such adaptation involves finally warming to cloud-based technologies.

Top Ten Tech Trends: Connected Health

March 23, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The ability to support care management through mobility offers tremendous potential—but significant data integration, governance and security, and patient education, clinician workflow and reimbursement, hurdles remain

Are CIOs and CISOs Behind the Curve on Data Security? Results of a New Survey Say Yes

March 15, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
David Finn, the health IT officer at Symantec, discusses the results of a new survey of CIOs on data security that was cosponsored by HIMSS Analytics and Symantec, and its implications for the next few years

VMware: 2016 Leading Edge in Clinician Workflow

March 10, 2016  |  Kayt Sukel
Healthcare Informatics announces the winners of the second annual Leading Edge Awards, honoring vendors whose combination of expertise and innovation are shaping the future of healthcare systems. One of two 2016 winners in the category of Clinical Workflow is...

Survey: Care Coordination Continues to be Biggest Challenge for Effective Population Health Management

March 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
More than two-thirds of hospitals and health systems already have population health management programs in place, yet care coordination continues to be a top challenge for most patient care organizations, according to a recent healthcare leadership survey.

Five Takeaways from HIMSS16 in the Sin City

March 4, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Another HIMSS conference has come and gone! Here are my five biggest takeaways from this year's show before I go into health IT hibernation for a few days.

Healthcare Organizations Need to Refine Cybersecurity Strategies, Develop Incident Response Plans, Study Finds

March 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Healthcare organizations average about one cyber attack per month, yet despite these incidents, only half of healthcare organizations have an incident response plan in place, according to the results of a healthcare cybersecurity survey by the Ponemon Institute.

Kicking off HIMSS16, John Halamka Delivers His Call to Action for Health IT Industry

February 29, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
In his opening keynote for the Physicians' IT Symposium at the HIMSS16 conference in Las Vegas, John Halamka, M.D., CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, reflected on how health IT has progressed in the last decade, and what the industry...

IBM Watson Health to Acquire Truven Health Analytics for $2.6B

February 18, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Watson Health, IBM’s artificial intelligence computer system, has announced plans to acquire Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Truven Health Analytics, a provider of cloud-based healthcare data, analytics and insights, for $2.6 billion.

At MD Anderson Cancer Center, Managing Image Flow on a Grand Scale

February 15, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Moving diagnostic imagines around and making them appropriately available is an inherently challenging prospect at the big, complex University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Kevin W. McEnery, M.D. explains how he and his colleagues are innovating in that...

Cerner Awarded $50.7m DoD Data Hosting Contract

February 11, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Kansas City-based Cerner Corp. has been awarded a $50.7 million sole source data hosting add-on to the massive Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) electronic health record (EHR) contract that it won last year.

The 2016 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Co-Third-Place Winner—Indiana Health Information Exchange

February 2, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
In Indiana, the Indiana Health Information Exchange is building a model that has potential to blaze the trail for other HIEs across the U.S.

The 2016 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Co-Third-Place Winner—Penn Medicine

February 2, 2016  |  David Raths
The launch of a research data warehouse has given physicians and academic researchers access in one platform to massive amounts of de-identified, aggregate patient data.

IBM Watson to Take On Heart Health

February 1, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The American Heart Association (AHA), IBM Watson and Denver, Colo.-based vendor Welltok are teaming up on the creation of a workplace health solution to improve heart health.

Report: Human Element is the Weakest Link in Healthcare Cybersecurity Infrastructure

January 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Healthcare is the most targeted sector for cyber attacks, yet it’s also the least prepared, and the human element in the healthcare cybersecurity infrastructure continues to be the weakest link, according to an Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (...

CMS Launches New Medicaid Online Resource Encouraging Investment in Medicaid IT

January 12, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new online resource to help states modernize outdated information technology (IT) systems and help private sector companies identify opportunities to participate in Medicaid IT investments.


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