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June 6, 2013  2:41 PM

Judging meaningful use success by EHR adoption numbers is misleading

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR, EHR adoption, hhs, Meaningful use

To look at the recent EHR adoption numbers from the government, you'd think all is going well in the health IT world. But a couple recent surveys suggest this is not entirely the case. On May 22 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

June 5, 2013  3:15 PM

Protecting healthcare data by taking cues from financial industry

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA healthcare data, Information security, PHI

At the PHI Protection Workshop spring forum, presenter and data security firm Santa Fe Group CEO Catherine Allen acknowledged that protecting healthcare data involves more than just battening down the hatches against external cybersecurity threats


June 4, 2013  11:07 AM

HHS releases data to support transparency in healthcare

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
data transparency, hhs, Kathleen Sebelius, sunshine act

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the release of new data at the Health Datapalooza conference. The conference...


May 31, 2013  10:41 AM

Tips for ICD-10 preparation: assessments, training and post go-live

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation

Though methodologies may differ, all HIPAA-covered healthcare entities have one thing in common when it comes to implementing the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Edition (


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...


May 24, 2013  12:34 PM

$75K Mass HIway implementation grants build health information exchange capacity

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
EHR, HIE, Last Mile Program, Mass HIway, MeHI, state HIEs

More than 80 Massachusetts healthcare organizations will receive a Mass HIway Implementation Grant, courtesy of the Last Mile Program, a spinoff of the Mass HIway statewide health information exchange. The...


May 23, 2013  2:56 PM

The right platform could fuel healthcare app development

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR, halamka, Meaningful use

These days, integrated enterprise EHR systems rule the health IT realm. But the idea of putting in place a sort of API-based platform to run more lightweight applications for specific functions may be gaining ground. At the MIT CIO Symposium yesterday, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO...


May 22, 2013  1:49 PM

I’m not Fake Judy Faulkner on Twitter, and I don’t know who is

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR systems, Epic, Interoperability, Judy Faulkner

Health IT satire is hard. Just ask the Fake Judy Faulkner on Twitter, an account launched earlier this month which has been very quiet lately. For the record, it's not me behind it, and I don't know who is. This blog post is in response to rumors and...


May 15, 2013  11:15 AM

FDA site encourages patient feedback on medical devices, processes

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
FDA, google health, patient engagement, PHRs and patient engagement

The Food and Drug Administration took a step toward greater patient engagement with the development of a website aimed at receiving patient


May 3, 2013  2:41 PM

Patients should validate personal health records for data integrity

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
phr, PHRs and patient engagement

Patients who question and validate their own health data can help improve data integrity, according to a report in this month's Journal of AHIMA. Data integrity is an ongoing...


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