Health IT Pulse:

February, 2011

February 28, 2011  2:39 PM

UNC Health Care creates health information exchange

JeanD Profile: JeanD
health information exchange

UNC Health Care is the latest large health system to establish its own health information exchange (HIE), as providers move toward greater interoperability and...

February 25, 2011  1:30 PM

Bringing application risk management to health care

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
Application security, HIMSS 2011, patient data security, Risk management

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Given that the majority of health care data breaches occur at the application layer, health care organizations need to make application risk management a...

February 24, 2011  1:45 PM

HIMSS survey: Give it up for the CNIO

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
CNIO, CPOE, EHR, EMR, HIMSS, HIMSS 2011, HIMSS11, Meaningful use, nurse, salary survey

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The chief nursing information officer (CNIO) position is often overlooked among health IT leaders. But just try to implement a new tech initiative in your hospital without a nurse informaticist to help determine the best devices and software to fit your workflow, and to evangelize...

February 23, 2011  3:11 PM

Organization fined $4.3 million for HIPAA Privacy Rule violation

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
hhs, HIMSS 2011, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act

While 30,000 health IT professionals enjoy tropical temperatures and magic kingdoms at the HIMSS 2011 conference in Orlando, Fla., one organization is facing the cold reality of...

February 21, 2011  12:15 PM

Health care social media: Do it now, says HIMSS 2011 speaker

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIMSS 2011, HIMSS11, Lee Aase, social media

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Although the Mayo Clinic is definitely on the cutting edge of social media in health care, it took a British rock band to push the hospital from considering it to doing it, said Lee Aase, manager of syndication and social media, in a "View from the Top" address here at HIMSS...

February 21, 2011  8:08 AM

ICD-10 conversion impacts meaningful use for HIMSS 2011 attendees

JeanD Profile: JeanD
HIMSS 2011, ICD-10 conversion, Meaningful use

Orlando Health is well on its way to integrating electronic health records (EHRs) in both its inpatient and outpatient settings, and to meeting meaningful use incentives by the end of this year. The pending conversion to a new classification of clinical codes, however, has the system rethinking...

February 18, 2011  12:49 PM

Assess stage 1 of meaningful use before diving into stage 2: CHIME

JeanD Profile: JeanD
HIMSS 2011, Meaningful use

Health care information technology professionals are weighing in on the proposed stage 2 criteria of the meaningful use program and, much as in the stage 1 process, they're asking for policymakers to curb their enthusiasm.

Hospitals and doctors need more time to assess how...

February 17, 2011  12:05 PM

Tablets, smartphones: MHealth trends to watch out for at HIMSS 2011

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
ipad adoption, mHealth, mobile health, Smartphones

Mobile health, also known as mHealth, was a hot topic in 2010, and HIMSS11 attendees can expect to hear even more about it at the upcoming conference in Orlando. A

February 16, 2011  12:59 PM

HIMSS 2011: Seeing through the smoke and mirrors

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
David Blumenthal, Direct Project, HIMSS 2011, mHealth

Beyond the specifics we recommended in our HIMSS 2011 preview videos and in John Moore's HIE breakdown, the editors of have a few more can't-miss...

February 15, 2011  1:21 PM

Final MDDS rule deems hospitals medical device manufacturers

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
FDA, medical devices, Regulations

After a three-year wait, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule that reclassifies medical device data systems, or MDDS, as Class I devices that are subject to general regulatory control and exempt from premarket notification requirements. In a

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