EHR Design and Dissatisfaction: EHRs Should Create Time for Patients

EHR Design and Dissatisfaction:

Dr. Edmund Billings shares his insights on the growing trend of dissatisfaction with EHR design. As reported last year at HIMSS and by many online news and opinion sources since, physician dissatisfaction with EHRs is growing. Indeed, while this article does not focus on the broader picture, general physician career dissatisfaction is disconcertingly high. The breakneck push for more and better EHR use as a component of regular medical care is a significant part of that malaise, but it is
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ONC’s Chief Scientist Doug Fridsma, M.D. Resigns

ONC's Chief Scientist Doug Fridsma, M.D Steps Down

In a note to ONC staff, Karen DeSalvo announced that ONC Chief Scientist Doug Fridsma, M.D., Ph.D. will be stepping down to become the new President and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Fridsma is responsible for the creation of the Standards & Interoperability Framework to ensure technical standards and specifications are in place to support the development and success of a fully functional nationwide health IT ecosystem. Prior to the creation of the S & I
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Healthline Launches HealthData Engine to Harness Unstructured Data

Healthline Launches HealthData Engine to Harness Unstructured Data

Healthline, provider of intelligent health information and technology solutions, today launched its HealthData Engine to harness the power of structured and unstructured data to improve outcomes and reduce costs. The new big data analytics platform leverages the company’s market-leading HealthTaxonomy, advanced clinical natural language processing (NLP) technologies and semantic analysis to turn patient data into actionable insights. How It Works According to IDC Health Insights, more than 80
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ONC Appoints New Director of Health IT Certification Program

ONC Releases Federal Health IT Strategic Plan Progress Report

On Friday, the ONC announced it has appointed Naval Captain Alicia Morton as the new Director of the ONC Health IT Certification Program. Morton joined the ONC in 2005 where she lead the ONC's first entry into EHR certification and has worked in a variety of roles. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer alongside Jacob Reider and as a Senior Advisor in OST.  Prior to joining the ONC, Morton managed the systems development component of the Doctor’s Office
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Apple’s HealthKit To Integrate with Epic’s MyChart App

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Apple's HealthKit will integrate with Epic's MyChart app patient portal allowing patients access to their health information according to Epic's president Carl Dvorak, VentureBeat reports.  "Apple’s HealthKit has tremendous potential to help close the gap between consumer collected data and data collected in traditional healthcare settings. The Epic customer community, which provides care to over 170 million patients a year, will be able to use HealthKit through Epic’s MyChart application—the
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HIMSS Recognizes 3 Policy Leaders at National Health IT Week Awards

9th Annual National Health IT Week Kicks Off

Three policy leaders will receive one of the HIMSS Health Information Technology Leadership Awards during the 9th National Health IT Week in Washington, D.C. The awards ceremony will be held at the National Health IT Week Awards and Partners Reception on Sept. 17. In addition, the recipient of the College of Healthcare Information Management (CHIME) Executives Federal Public Policy Award for CIO Leadership will also be recognized during this event.    “Each year during National Health IT
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In-Depth: The Danger of Hospitals Leaking Patient Data

Hospitals Leaking Patient Data

A Washington Post news report in August this year came as a shock to many Americans who believed, until then, that their medical records were for their eyes only. Chinese hackers stole data pertaining to a whopping 4.5 million patients from a company that runs over 200 hospitals spread across the US. The massive data breach raised some serious concerns about how private medical records are and exactly what various health care organizations are doing to keep this sensitive information completely
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Report: Changing Patient Behavior Is Primary Factor Driving Healthcare

Report: Changing Patient Behavior Primary Factor Driving Healthcare

  Changing patient behavior and expectations is the primary factor driving the healthcare market, according to a new report from Verizon and Harvard Business Review. “The Digital Dividend: First Mover Advantage” report sponsored by Verizon surveyed 672 professionals about their views on technology. Out of the 672 professionals, 74 respondents from the healthcare sector detailed how technology adoption is changing the healthcare landscape. Key Factors Driving the Healthcare
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Cognizant To Acquire TriZetto for $2.7 Billion In Cash

Cognizant Acquires TriZetto for $2.7 Billion In Cash

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. said Monday that it agreed to acquire TriZetto Corp. for $2.7 billion in cash to gain more market share in healthcare technology services, WSJ reports. The combined company will have more than $3 billion in healthcare revenue, as well as an additional $1.5 billion in potential revenue over the next five years. Currently, healthcare accounts for 26% of Cognizant's revenue totaling $8.84 billion last year. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter. 
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9th Annual National Health IT Week Kicks Off Today

9th Annual National Health IT Week Kicks Off

From Sept. 15-19, 2014, healthcare industry and policy stakeholders will convene for the Ninth Annual National Health IT Week, a collaborative forum for public and private healthcare constituents to discuss the value of health information technology (IT) for the U.S. healthcare system. Key events this week include: Monday 2014 Annual Consumer Health IT Summit - The 2014 Consumer Health IT Summit will bring together federal and private sector leaders working to enable consumers to be better
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