Health IT Pulse:

December, 2014


December 31, 2014  1:47 PM

Cerner-Siemens merger big 2015 story to watch

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Cerner, Epic, KLAS

Cerner Corp.'s $1.3 billion acquisition of Siemens AG's EHR unit was one of the big health IT stories of 2014. Now, how the merged entity will fare in the turbulent...

December 30, 2014  3:22 PM

ICD-10 testing week numbers muddled by negative testing

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
ICD-10, ICD-10 conversion, ICD-10 implementation, ICD-10 readiness

Though they were part of a self-selected group that's likely ahead of the game in transitioning to ICD-10, the results of trial claims submitted by healthcare providers to CMS may brighten the industry's outlook on the viability of the coding update. CMS accepted more than three-quarters (76%) of...


December 29, 2014  11:18 AM

CHIME boosts political and business profiles

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
CHIME, KLAS, Meaningful use

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is flexing its political muscle and boosting its business profile. CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell, in a statement timed to accompany a


December 23, 2014  2:25 PM

FDA proposal would make healthcare professionals go online for drug info

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
FDA, medication labeling

Concerned that patient safety is at risk in the current system, the FDA formally suggests the healthcare industry change the way practitioners receive information about any medications they are prescribed. A recent FDA proposal outlines its plans to change the method of labeling of certain...


December 22, 2014  11:49 AM

Review the cyberattack on Sony Pictures in light of potential EHR theft

Scott Wallask Scott Wallask Profile: Scott Wallask
cybersecurity, data breaches, Disaster Recovery, EHR security, ONC

When was the last time you talked to your company's emergency response planners? If you haven't done so in a while, make it a New Year's resolution to get a cup of coffee with them. Since late 2013, we've seen high-stake data breaches at Target, Home Depot, and most recently, Sony Pictures...


December 18, 2014  11:16 AM

CMS seeks comments on proposed rule for ACO program

MonicaVallejo Profile: MonicaVallejo
ACO, CMS, Medicare Shared Savings Program

Accountable care organizations are on the verge of receiving a supportive push from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to aid them in their mission of improving the quality of


December 17, 2014  11:34 AM

Half of patients in ONC-funded trial chose to conceal sensitive personal health info

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
ONC, privacy

Some 50% of the patients who participated in an ONC-funded trial withheld clinically sensitive data from some or all of their healthcare providers. The trial examined the effects of patient access to their own medical records. The


December 16, 2014  12:31 PM

Expansion of online appointment scheduling could lead to cost savings

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Health IT, health IT tools

Online patients will make 986 million medical appointments in the U.S. in 2019, accounting for 38% of all appointments made that year, according to projections compiled and reported by Accenture plc. Accenture's report also states that online appointment scheduling will generate $3.2 billion in...


December 15, 2014  9:57 AM

ONC releases federal strategic plan for health IT

MonicaVallejo Profile: MonicaVallejo
health IT strategic plan, ONC

The passage of the Affordable Care Act and the increasing amount of professionals and hospitals receiving payments from EHR incentives had significant influence on theĀ 


December 10, 2014  3:56 PM

Projection and reality clash in PwC, Health Research Institute data

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
FDA, mHealth, mHealth applications

Despite PricewaterhouseCoopers predicting mobile healthcare to remain fashionable in 2015, there's measurable hesitance on the parts of both patients and physicians to use mobile technology during the course of care, according to new research. Most clinicians (86%) agree that mobile applications...


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