Posts From January, 2014

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/30/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. 

ONC to keep tabs on HIE reporting requirement

FierceHealthIT discusses how the office of the National Coordinator for Health Informatino Technology intends to keep tabs on state HIEs by requiring an annual report. 

Health IT moving to critical step 

According to a conference on the state of the healthcare IT industry, the second boom in healthcare IT is happening now. Because the last four years have been spent installing new hardware and software at healthcare facilities, providers will now work on using healthcare data in meaningful, prescriptive ways. 

The hope and challenge of social media for chronic disease care 

Government Health IT reports on how researchers have found that social media empowers users and motivates them to take personal responsibility for health behavior. They also provide a network of support, motivation, and disease management education. 

Report finds volumes of health IT M&A deals declined by 16% 

According to a report published by Berkery Noyes, the overall volume of mergers and acquisitions in the health IT sector declined by 16% annually from 2011 through 2013. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014 3:03:00 PM Categories: EHR health information exchange health IT HIT hospitals industry news mobile devices ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/23/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. 

Survey says: EHR incentive program is on track 

According to the annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Surgery, numbers are on track for EHR adoption. Nearly 80% of office-based physicians now use an electronic health record system, and almost 70% of office-based physicians noted intent to participate in the EHR incentive program. 

3 Trends are Reshaping Healthcare IT 

Information Week reports on three current trends that are shaping healthcare IT today, including: gaming (as a means of improving patient fitness and cognitive health), telehealth, and health-specific social networks. 

Health data security improves despite IT lagging behind other sectors 

SearchHealthIT reports on how even though the technology in health IT can be lagging in some areas, data security -- which is driven by HIPAA compliance and business requirements -- is continually improving. 

Insecure healthcare.gov allowed hacker to access 70,000 records in four minutes

Computerworld reports that David Kennedy, CEO of TrustedSec, has stated that the healthcare.gov website is insecure. Kennedy told Fox News that he was able to access 70,000 records within four minutes. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014 3:18:00 PM Categories: EHR electronic health records HIT industry news ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/16/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. 

10 Up-and-Coming Healthcare Jobs for 2014 

Interested in going into the healthcare industry or contemplating a job change for 2014? Becker's Hospital Review reports on the top-growing occupations within the industry for 2014. 

ONC offers guidelines on curbing health IT safety risks

The ONC is making efforts to improve safety within hospitals and health care providers utilizing health care IT solutions. Newly released guides provide sets of checklists and recommended methods of dealing with safety risks. 

Study calls for shift in focus in EHR, meaningful use studies 

iHealthBeat reports that reporting on contextual and implementation details of clinical decision support tools and computerized provider order entry systems has been poor. Researchers recommend changing the way that EHRs and meaningful use are evaluated. 

Consumers now call for meaningful use

According to Healthcare IT News, patients are now demanding meaningful use of electronic health data. At the Digital Health Summit last week, keynote speakers revealed that consumers want control over their own health information.

Thursday, January 16, 2014 3:46:00 PM Categories: health IT HIT industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/09/14  

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. 

Meaningful Use Comes to CES

At the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the federal government's plan to drive health IT adoption was a part of the conversation at the Digital Health Summit. Keynote speakers presented on how devices and solutions should be focused on giving consumers control over their healthcare information. 

Report Says Connected Health Device Market Will Reach $8B by 2018 

In other healthcare IT news, iHealthBeat reports that the sale of connected health and wellness devices will increase by 142% from $3.3 billion in 2013 to more than $8 billion in 2018. These numbers are according to a report from the Consumer Electronics Association and was produced with Parks Associates. 

6 Musts for Healthcare Execs for 2014

Healthcare IT News makes recommendations for healthcare executives in 2014. Tips include a focus on physician executives, expanding the CIO role, increasing finance knowledge, and more. 

Health IT is Growing Rapidly Through 2017

According to Information Week, the North American health IT market is poised to grow at an annual  rate of 7.4% and will reach a total value of $31.3 billion in 2017. In 2012, the market's total value was $21.9 billion. 

Thursday, January 09, 2014 11:48:00 AM Categories: best practices cardiology EHR electronic health records health IT HIT industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/02/14 

Happy New Year! Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. 

North American Health IT Market to Reach $31.3B by 2017

In more good news for the healthcare IT sector, iHealthBeat projects that according to a recent report from Research and Markets, the healthcare IT market is poised to reach $31.3B by the year 2017. 

2014: Big HIT Market Expansion Ahead

Government Health IT forecasts that in the coming year, there will be a large expansion of the healthcare IT market. This expansion will be driven by factors including the pressure to cut healthcare costs, increasing demand of healthcare system integration, financial support from the U.S. government, and more. 

Digital Health in 2014: the Imperative of Connectivity 

Forbes discusses how in 2014, healthcare IT providers and decision makers will need to tackle the issue of connectivity. Critical areas to consider include initial patient connectivity to a device, the connection between the health care provider and the patient, compliance and adherence, and more. 

Extended safe harbor to aid meaningful use, interoperability 

EHR Intelligence reports that the Office of Inspector General has extended the sunset data for electronic health records safe harbor to December 31, 2021. 

Thursday, January 02, 2014 9:41:00 AM Categories: industry news
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