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Data Security Dilemma
March 3, 2015 12:09 PM by Robby Chakler
[Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Jeff Margolis, chair and CEO, Welltok] Data, data, everywhere...the practical dilemma is that even as the increasing threat of data security challenges is hitting the front page, healthcare industry Read More...
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Global Healthcare Megatrends: Clinical Challenges
September 3, 2014 1:36 PM by Robby Chakler
[Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Toby Samo, M.D., chief medical officer, Allscripts. This is the first installment in our 5-part series focusing on Global Healthcare Megatrends] There are more than 7 billion people on the planet Read More...
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Patient Education, Engagement, & Interactivity Tools Help Hospitals Achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use Compliance
September 10, 2012 4:39 PM by Adrianne OBrien
Editor's note: This blog was written by Jodi DeMarco, interactive brand manager, TeleHealth Services . With final Stage 2 rules for satisfying meaningful use requirements issued by The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) last week, several Read More...
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The Trouble with Metadata and Health Privacy
June 13, 2012 11:27 AM by Rebecca Hepp
Advances in technology over the past decade have raised serious concerns for patient privacy, an issue that sparked an intense panel discussion at the Second International Summit on the Future of Health Privacy, held last week in Washington, DC. Panelists Read More...
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We Can’t Wait: Obama Administration Takes New Steps to Encourage HIT Use
November 30, 2011 2:02 PM by Lisa Algeo
Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a report showing that doctors' adoption of health information technology (IT) doubled in 2 years. HHS also announced new actions to speed the use of health Read More...
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Industry Leaders Look Back on Year One of Meaningful Use
September 14, 2011 4:24 PM by Adrianne OBrien
During a press briefing in Washington D.C., hosted by the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME), HIMSS and Electronic Health Record Association, industry leaders assessed year one of the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Read More...
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HHS to Empower Patients to Increase Secure Access to Health Information
September 13, 2011 11:46 AM by Lisa Algeo
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday proposed new rules that would expand the rights of patients to access their health information through the use of health information technology (IT). Specifically, the new rules would Read More...
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HHS Announces $11.9 Million to Implement HIT in Rural Areas
September 7, 2011 12:38 PM by Lisa Algeo
Rural health networks across the nation will receive more than $11.9 million to support their adoption of health information technology (HIT) and certified electronic health records (EHR). The funding announced last week by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Read More...
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Investing in Innovations (i2) Initiative Introduced
June 9, 2011 9:52 AM by Lisa Algeo
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced yesterday the Investing in Innovations (i2) Initiative - a bold new program designed to spur innovations in health IT. The program centers on prizes and competitions Read More...
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CMS Offers Financial Resources, Flexibility to Help Providers Use HIT Systems
May 31, 2011 10:02 AM by Lisa Algeo
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two steps that will help modernize America's health care delivery system by encouraging doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to adopt and meaningfully use health information Read More...
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Public Comment Period on Federal Health IT Plan Open Through April 22
March 28, 2011 9:08 AM by Frank Irving
ONC's plan initiates "the era of meaningful use." On March 25, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced an open public comment period on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2011-2015 ("the Plan") . ONC Read More...
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Direct Project Pilots Drive Toward Exchange of Electronic Health Information
February 3, 2011 10:43 AM by Frank Irving
Programs underway in Minnesota and Rhode Island; six other states will launch soon. On Feb. 2, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced that providers and public health agencies in Minnesota and Rhode Island have begun exchanging Read More...
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ONC Adds Funding for RECs, HIEs and Community Colleges
February 1, 2011 1:06 PM by Frank Irving
National coordinator outlines $80 million allocated to accelerate meaningful use of HIT. On Jan. 27, David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, who heads the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), issued a public letter announcing Read More...
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Four of Five Hospitals Plan to Take Advantage of EHR Incentive Payments
January 14, 2011 9:11 AM by Frank Irving
ONC releases survey data showing reversal of low interest in EHR adoption in previous years. More than eighty percent of U.S. hospitals, and 41 percent of office-based physicians, intend to take advantage of federal incentive payments for adoption and Read More...
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ONC Final Rule Establishes Permanent Certification Program for HIT
January 4, 2011 10:48 AM by Frank Irving
NIST will develop a program for organizations to be accredited to test health information technology for purposes of permanent certification. On Jan. 3, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued a final rule Read More...
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