Health IT Pulse:

January, 2015

January 29, 2015  2:34 PM

Responding to industry pressure, CMS plans to shorten meaningful use reporting to 90 days

Scott Wallask Scott Wallask Profile: Scott Wallask
CHIME, CMS, EHR, electronic health record, meaningful use attestation, meaningful use stage 3, stage 2

Relief is coming for thousands of providers who worried about gathering and reporting EHR data for 365 days as part of stage 2 of the government's meaningful...

January 28, 2015  2:47 PM

HL7 International starts user group for payers

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
FHIR, HL7, payers

Unlike in European countries with single-payer or similar health insurance systems, the U.S. healthcare market is fragmented among a large number of individual private payer companies and groups. That setup brings technological problems when it comes to exchanging information between

January 27, 2015  1:46 PM

In Massachusetts, medical marijuana alerts get a second look

Scott Wallask Scott Wallask Profile: Scott Wallask
Healthcare, patient privacy, PHI, prescriptions

Imagine checking a personal email at work or at the public library and seeing this subject line show up in the alert box: "Confirmation of Patient Certification in the Medical Use of Marijuana Online System." That's what happened to more than 6,800 patients in Massachusetts who have been...

January 27, 2015  1:29 PM

State Innovation Models Initiative to fund telehealth, EHRs

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
CMS, EHR, State Innovation Models Initiative, telehealth

A portion of an investment approaching $1 billion, made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will go toward stimulating the practice of telehealth and increasing patient access to EHRs. An Accenture report analyzes...

January 21, 2015  12:55 PM

CHIME and AHA launch Most Wired 2015 survey

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

CMS may be the source of the definitive numbers about which hospitals, healthcare systems and physicians are attesting to meaningful use, but the College of Health Information Management Executives (

January 20, 2015  2:02 PM

Health Information Trust Alliance creates health IT security group

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
athenahealth, Epic, health IT security, HITRUST

The success of health IT rests on users and beneficiaries learning to trust healthcare technology. A move made by The Health Information Trust Alliance put more stock in that statement. The alliance announced the

January 15, 2015  12:01 PM

Patient care metrics available from CMS

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
CMS, medicare

Patients looking for more help in choosing providers that best fit their needs can now turn to new data on healthcare quality from CMS. The care quality data provided by physician group...

January 13, 2015  2:25 PM

A majority of patients would share their data for healthcare research

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
patient data, patient data privacy, sharing patient data

Healthcare organizations searching for ways to improve the business aspect of their daily operations would be wise to keep an eye on future studies from healthcare researchers. Slightly more than half (53%) of patients said they would be willing to anonymously share their health data with...

January 9, 2015  10:53 AM

With the new year in mind, a look back at hot health IT trends 20 years ago

Scott Wallask Scott Wallask Profile: Scott Wallask
EHR adoption, Healthcare, HIPAA audits, Interoperability, LOINC, Meaningful use, patient data, PDA, Smartphones

As we jump into 2015, health IT professionals are familiar with the road ahead: Meaningful use debates, HIPAA audits, and EHR advances will all make headlines this year. And new technologies like wearable devices will push the boundaries of patient-centered care. With that in mind, I thought it...

January 7, 2015  10:49 AM

Jonathan Bush of athenahealth in media spotlight

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner

Jonathan Bush, CEO of athenahealth Inc., is the pre-eminent personality in the EHR vendor universe. A new Fortune profile of the...

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