Health IT Pulse:

February, 2017

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February 24, 2017  3:48 PM

Gaining a new appreciation for health IT at the 2017 HIMSS conference

Tayla Holman Tayla Holman Profile: Tayla Holman
Artificial intelligence, Health IT, HIMSS

Attending the 2017 HIMSS conference -- my very first foray into the largest annual health IT gathering -- was daunting, to say the least. Navigating the massive Orange County Convention Center and adjoining Hyatt Regency, hundreds of exhibitor booths, as well as juggling interviews and social...

February 23, 2017  4:31 PM

HIMSS 2017 conference: new health IT beyond meaningful use and EHRs

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
CMS, HIMSS, Meaningful use, ONC

The HIMSS 2017 conference, as usual, put up some good numbers. This year's edition of the country's biggest annual gathering of the health IT tribes registered...


February 17, 2017  5:04 PM

Health data breaches and hacker attacks spiked dramatically in 2016

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
cybersecurity, OCR, PHI

Health data breaches triggered by hacking attacks spiked by 320% in 2016 and ransomware became widespread, according to a report by a health IT cybersecurity firm. Released the week before HIMSS...

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February 16, 2017  9:40 AM

Machine learning in healthcare cyber security boosts big data, intelligence

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
Artificial intelligence, Big Data, Cyber security, Machine learning

Machine learning is a hot topic in healthcare right now. One health IT expert told SearchHealthIT that he predicts machine learning and artificial intelligence will move...

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February 10, 2017  5:00 PM

Telemedicine parity laws are on the rise, but restrictions impede use

Tayla Holman Tayla Holman Profile: Tayla Holman
ATA, Telemedicine

While more than half of the country has enacted telemedicine parity laws, restrictions on the types of telemedicine technology that are covered by health insurance often prevent patients from being able to use remote services, according to the American Telemedicine Association...


February 9, 2017  10:08 AM

Personal wearable fitness devices may be able to detect when you’re about to get sick

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
wearable, Wearable devices, Wearables

You may be using your personal wearable fitness device, whether an Apple Watch or Fitbit, to simply track your fitness or


February 3, 2017  1:20 PM

Patient-reported data often excluded from EHR documentation

Tayla Holman Tayla Holman Profile: Tayla Holman
EHR, patient data

A recent eye health study found that patient-reported data doesn't always get recorded in a patient's electronic health record (EHR), raising questions about the accuracy of clinical...

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February 2, 2017  12:17 PM

Vendor calls for reversal of Joint Commission CPOE texting ban

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
CMS, CPOE, Joint Commission

Cries of protest arose when the Joint Commission prohibited secure texting of computerized physician order entries, but now the level of disenchantment among some in the secure...


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