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health reform


May 13, 2015  1:43 PM

Healthcare CIOs must treat IT as a business

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
Health IT, health reform, healthcare CIOs

CIOs must be able to clearly communicate and demonstrate the business value of the IT services they provide, Barry Runyon, research VP at Gartner Inc. who focuses on healthcare provider research, wrote in a report. He...

July 18, 2013  10:58 AM

Aetna launches CarePass mHealth app while pulling out of Calif. HIX

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
ACA, Aetna, CarePass, Google, health insurance, health insurance exchange, health reform, HIPAA, HIPAA omnibus rule, HIPAA security, HIX, mHealth, NSA, phr, PHRs and patient engagement

Last month, Aetna Inc. launched CarePass, a smartphone mHealth app that aggregates and dashboards data from many popular personal health and fitness apps such as FitBit, Jawbone, Lose It! and RunKeeper. The insurer's Vice President and CarePass lead Martha Wofford told SearchHealthIT that services...


May 30, 2013  3:52 PM

Mass EHR mandate draws criticism, impact remains unclear

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHRs, health reform, Meaningful use

A lot of doctors don't like being EHR mandates. This is why proponents of the meaningful use program like to argue that the rules are not mandates. Physicians are free to...


January 31, 2013  5:49 PM

EHRs aren’t ready for quality reporting, undermining reform efforts

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
ACO, clinical quality measures, EHR, health reform, Meaningful use, quality reporting

Currently available electronic health record systems are not capable of accurately capturing and reporting clinical quality data, according to a new comment letter from the College of Healthcare...


August 23, 2012  12:29 PM

Hospital ACOs can be financially sustainable, expert says

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
accountable care organizations, health information exchange, health reform

We hear a lot about how hospitals have present market incentives to avoid participation in coordinated-care models such as accountable care organizations. Some may see sharing information with other providers as a competitive disadvantage. Others are wary that participating in ACOs, which...


February 2, 2011  5:26 PM

It’s been a stormy couple of weeks for Health IT

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Anthony Guerra, Barack Obama, health information exchange, Health IT, health reform, hitech, ONC, regional extension centers, Sarah Palin

It's been a stormy fortnight, weather-wise, for a good chunk of the country. In Washington, health care and health IT initiatives were battered by winds of potential political change as well. It started out well.


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