Joseph Goedert is news editor at Health Data Management.
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The CareFirst Hack: What Went Right, What Went Wrong
May 22, 2015 A closer look at the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield hack, and the state of health insurer cyber security amid the evolving...
Xerox Acquires More Predictive Analytics Expertise
May 21, 2015 The copier company is getting deeper into data and predictive analytics. Here's what Xerox's buyout of Health Communities...
Healthcare Cyber Attack Hits CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
May 21, 2015 Hackers may have breached a database with information on 1.1 million customers of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.
New IEEE Guidance on Medical Device App and Software Security
May 19, 2015 Amid HIPAA privacy regulations and growing cybersecurity concerns, the IEEE has issued guidance to help software developers...
Phishing Email Triggers Patient Data Leak
May 1, 2015 Partners HealthCare system in Boston is not giving much information on a breach it discovered in November 2014 and made public...
Pharmacy Ignores HIPAA Privacy Rule, Fined $125K
April 29, 2015 Cornell Prescription Pharmacy, a small, single-location business in Denver, will pay a $125,000 settlement fine and adopt a...
Health Technology Acquisitions Kick Off HIMSS15
April 13, 2015 At least four health information technology acquisitions -- including KPGM buying Beacon Partners -- were announced in recent...
Massive Healthcare Breach Highlights Need for Encryption
March 19, 2015 With Premera Blue Cross now the victim of a huge cyber attack affecting 11 million individuals—following Anthem’s attack that...
Breach with a Twist: Data Encrypted but Still at Risk
March 17, 2015 Home health and hospice provider Amedisys is notifying more than 6,900 individuals of a breach of protected health...
Pittsburgh to Become Health Analytics Center
March 17, 2015 The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is pairing with two local universities to expand research in health data...
Senate Pushes Cybersecurity Agenda Forward
March 16, 2015 Bipartisan legislation to ease the sharing of cyber threat information among industries and the federal government has easily...
Anthem Hack: Quick Security Tips for Customers
February 5, 2015 If you're an Anthem customer, be extra wary of phone calls and emails you receive following the health insurer suffering a...
Congress Explores National Data Breach Notifications
January 28, 2015 Congress held its first hearing on President Obama’s proposal for a national breach notification standard on January 27....
Roper Acquires Strata for Analytics Push
January 26, 2015 Roper Industries continues to expand its healthcare information technology holdings—this time buying analytics vendor Strata...
Google, PwC Pursue $11B Dept. of Defense Contract
January 16, 2015 Google is now a member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers vendor team competing for the Department of Defense electronic health...
Obama Cybersecurity Plan Could Change Healthcare Processes
January 15, 2015 Proposed cybersecurity legislation from the White House may compel a major change in the HIPAA breach notification rule.
How to Choose A Cloud Provider (Care of Uncle Sam)
December 17, 2014 Draft guidance from the government, being released for public comment, offer an early model for metrics that government...
IBM Watson Targets Personal Health Care App Market
November 17, 2014 IBM Corp. has a new plan for its Watson supercomputer: to support consumers’ personal health and fitness goals.
Should EHRs Include Social/Behavioral Data?
November 13, 2014 A new report from the Institute of Medicine advocates incorporating standardized social and behavioral data into electronic...
Conn. Attorney General Wants to Talk Privacy with Apple
September 17, 2014 Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen wants assurance from Apple Corp. that the Apple Watch product coming in 2015 has...
IBM Watson Takes Computing Capabilities to Next Level
August 29, 2014 Having learned the nuances of human language, improving its ability to search for and use data to support new procedures such...
Analytics Vendors See a Fast-Maturing Health Care Audience
July 2, 2014 Data analytics vendors were out in force on the exhibit floor of the Healthcare Financial Management Association annual...
Health Information Technology Safety: Where the Feds Will Focus
April 3, 2014 The federal government, in its new report on creating a risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology,...
Feds Give Guidance on Cybersecurity
February 18, 2014 The federal government has published an initial framework for improving cybersecurity throughout the nation and across...
Early Health Analytics Vendor Leaders Ranked by KLAS
January 10, 2014 A new KLAS health care analytics report shows satisfaction ratings for four categories of BI and analytics products
Database Firm IMS Health to Go Public
January 6, 2014 Pharmaceutical and life sciences database/analytics vendor IMS Health has filed an S-1 registration statement with the...
Privacy Group Testifies on Patient Data Matching
January 1, 2014 Initial findings from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on ways to match patients with...
IMS Health Expands Support for Mobile Medical Apps
December 16, 2013 Pharmaceutical and life sciences database/analytics vendor IMS Health is offering a way for providers and insurers to assess...
Methodist Health System Joins the Watson Ranks
December 10, 2013 Dallas-based Methodist Health System will use analytics and decision support software from health care supply chain vendor MD...
U of Chicago Researchers Developing Computer-Aided Diagnosis, Quant Image Analysis Methods
November 20, 2013 The role of quantitative image analysis is expanding beyond screening and toward application of risk assessment, diagnosis,...
AHIMA Guidance Covers Data Mapping and Integrity
November 15, 2013 New guidance from the American Health Information Management Association offers best practices on data mapping to ensure an...
Cleveland Clinic, IBM Making Progress on Watson Supercomputer
October 16, 2013 A year after starting work with IBM to develop ways for the Watson supercomputer to support medical training and serve as a...
Health Information Management: What a Ride it Has Been
October 2, 2013 In a transformational era that started with HITECH and continues with health reform, health information management leaders are...
Study Explains Errors Caused by EHR Default Values
September 5, 2013 A new study analyzes errors related to default values which are standardized medication order sets in electronic...
One-Hour Breach Notification Out of Final HIX Rule? Yes and No
August 29, 2013 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has dropped a proposed requirement that privacy and security incidents be...
Predictive Analytics Coming to Indianas Health Information Exchange
August 14, 2013 The Indiana Health Information Exchange intends to offer predictive analytics software to hospitals and accountable care...
HCAs Early Experience With Near Real-Time Analytics
July 24, 2013 Hospital Corporation of America is wrapping up the first phase of an initiative to use real-time and near real-time analytics...
A Sober Look at the Need for Analytics
July 24, 2013 John McDaniel, national practice leader at data storage and management vendor NetApp, lays out the sobering reasons why data...
Federal Health Leader: HIEs are Progressing
July 1, 2013 In report to Congress, ONC notes that half of states now offer health information exchanges
HHS: Major Medicare Databases are a Mess
May 30, 2013 NPPES and PECOS, two critical steps in enrolling in Medicare, rife with inaccuracies in federal oversight sample
After a Data Breach, Its Often Business as Usual
April 24, 2013 Ponemon Institute finds 40 percent of organizations do not develop formal breach preparedness plan after theyve been...
Think You Can Fix Health Care Data Quality?
April 18, 2013 Quarterly cash contest on efficient and effective health care data use to be doled out by consortium of former Senate leaders,...
Is Your Health Care Social Media HIPAA Compliant?
April 8, 2013 Health Care Compliance Strategies Inc., a vendor of online compliance and competency training curricula, has introduced a new...
The Basics of Measuring Health Care IT Security
March 6, 2013 Consultant Tom Walsh at HIMSS: three areas for measurement, and all must pass HIPAA security audit
Modest Salary Increases for Health Care CIOs
March 4, 2013 Average base salary at $208,417 though much lower for smaller hospitals: College of Healthcare Information Management...
Personal Cloud Use Prompts Organizational Deployments
February 12, 2013 CDW survey shows 61 percent of organizations credit employee cloud use with speed toward enterprise adoption; storage still...
Standardizing Data Capture for Health Care Interoperability
February 6, 2013 ONC director Fridsma explains Structured Data Capture initiative to support electronic health records
Mobile Application Strategies in Health Care
January 17, 2013 Consumers worldwide will download 142 million health apps by 2015, but caregiver connections are growing slowly: Juniper...
Federal Grants Aimed at HIE Governance
December 31, 2012 Office of the National Coordinator for HIT to hold public hearing in January, publish guidelines and launch monitoring later
Whats the Federal Health IT Safety Plan?
November 16, 2012 Small business subcommittee Rep. Ellmers makes second inquiry for a study of the benefits, costs and safety of health...
Before Congress, Health Care IT Leaders Defend Meaningful Use
November 15, 2012 Serious concerns over progress toward EHR interoperability by House committee
Choosing IT Vendor Partners Can Hinge on a Single Incident
November 13, 2012 For health care providers in particular, promises over EHR and data systems must match reality
IBMs Watson to Support Cleveland Clinic Doctor Training
November 5, 2012 Analytics supercomputer makes fourth health care industry foray a few years after TV trivia performance
How Can EHR Become More Readable?
November 1, 2012 Office of the National Coordinator of HIT offers a challenge to software developers on health records
VA Does a Poor Job of Information Tracking and Governance
October 30, 2012 Federal inspector general finds Veterans Affairs medical centers have security and quality issues when sharing data with...
Deloitte Buys, Renames Data Warehouse Builder
October 30, 2012 Newton, Massachusetts-based Recombinant Corp. specializes in warehouses and reporting systems for medical, life sciences
Data Breaches Back Up as Enterprises Remain Targets of Opportunity
October 26, 2012 Verizon report finds 174 million records compromised in 2011, offers a handful of mitigation tips
Heath Care Advocates: Private Health Records Instead of EHR
October 11, 2012 Citizens Council for Health Freedom says patient trust at risk; on the heels of Congressional calls to fix meaningful use
UPMC Invests $100M in Personlized Medicine Data Warehouse
October 5, 2012 IBM, Informatica, Oracle and dbMotion pitch in on two-year effort to handle more than 3.2 petabytes of Pittsburgh...
A Call for EHR Governance
October 3, 2012 AHIMA event kicks off by stressing unified governance structure for health records management
Making HIE Part of Disaster Preparedness
September 26, 2012 Gulf States health care provider report outlines procedure and response with information exchanges
Metadata Limits Records Use in HHS, VA Test
September 19, 2012 Federal agencies follow debated national standards guidelines in mock patient information transmission
Governance Softening with Nationwide Health Info Exchange
September 8, 2012 Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology backing away from some proposals
Open Architecture and Better Integration at Allscripts
August 14, 2012 CEO Glen Tullman and EVP Cliff Meltzer discuss the open philosophy behind their EHR, data exchange and app store
White House Too Timid on Data Security?
August 7, 2012 Delays in HITECH Act, breach notification rules show Obama Administration feet dragging on information protection
Health Care Analytics Too Often a Zero-Sum Game
July 31, 2012 RelayHealth processing expert finds industry stakeholders taking on risk and losses
Cleveland Clinic: Dashboards to See a Difference
July 27, 2012 Analytics now easily show physician dedications and infection rates; adds reliance on governance
Davenport: Analytics Creating New Decision Frontiers in Health Care
July 26, 2012 IT innovation and emerging processes just scratching the surface, author says in HDM Analytics Symposium keynote
IT Wins, ID Efforts Lag with Health Care Ruling
June 29, 2012 HIMSS government expert Dave Roberts cautions that political fight not over after Supreme Court ACA decision
Health Records Vendors to Feds: Step Back for Governance
June 22, 2012 Nationwide health information network needs a set governance model to ensure exchanges: HIMSS group
13 Tips for Managing Mobile Threats
June 14, 2012 ID Experts outline basics for health care mobility
HHS Releases New Data Management Tools, Claim Sets
June 13, 2012 Medicare and Medicaid data resources part of Datapalooza federal forum
Obama: Better Federal Data Quality, Availability within Year
May 23, 2012 White House directive for government info stresses standardized sharing, mobility, security
3M Opens Up Health Data Dictionary
May 17, 2012 Open source exchange part of contract with Department of Defense, VA
The Look of Health Information Management Departments in 2016
May 2, 2012 Expert Linda Kloss gives top 10 trends after reform and tech initiatives are set in place
Veritas to Buy Thomson Reuters Health Care Data Management Line
April 24, 2012 Analytics, compliance and research databases part of $1.25 billion proposal
Tablets in Health Care: A Healthy Prognosis
April 13, 2012 Mobile device use is taking hold, though software lags behind hardware options
Privacy and Large Genome Data Sets
March 26, 2012 Department of Health and Human Services seeking comment on ethical issues
Obama Promotes from Within for New CTO
March 9, 2012 Promotes from within to replace Chopra, who left for position at The Advisory Board Company
Docs Love Mobile Devices, IT Departments Dont
February 7, 2012 Survey: Although they feel it isnt ready, 80 percent of physicians see potential with iPad
Big Year Coming for HIT
January 27, 2012 National coordinator Mostashari lays out five predictions for 2012
Health IT on a Buying Spree
January 13, 2012 10 vendor deals in first 10 days of 2012
Health Data Not Better Protected Than a Year Ago
December 2, 2011 Survey: policies and staff training are improving; breaches, identity theft and poor control over mobile devices are pervasive
The Next Big Security Challenges
October 14, 2011 Experts wary of data on health care information exchanges, portable devices
Fed Advisors: Too Soon to Add EHR Metadata to Meaningful Use
October 14, 2011 National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics concerned with lack of standards
Time for a Health Care Chief Knowledge Officer?
October 6, 2011 CKOs are responsible for making good use of the increasing amount of data available
CHIME: Slow Down on Tying Metadata to Meaningful Use
September 26, 2011 Recommends ONC move forward with metadata initiatives "to fully vet the range of possible standards and assemble the needed...
FDA's Plans for Better IT Infrastructure, Data Analytics
August 18, 2011 Plan for 'mobile medical application' regulation not mentioned among enhancements
IT Association Wants More of the Health Care Pie
August 5, 2011 Policy changes needed to will help some in the IT industry become partners in health care's move toward automation and assist...
Report: Start Stage 2 Meaningful Use Work Now
July 22, 2011 A final rule on requirements under Stage 2 of the EHR meaningful use program is unlikely to be significantly different from...
Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Drug Data Mining
June 23, 2011 Justice Kennedy: law violates the speech rights of data mining by health information vendors
Thomson Reuters Looks for Health Care Exit
June 8, 2011 New York-based company plans to use BI resources, proceeds toward its legal, financial and media markets
CEO to Congress: Meaningful Use Helps EHR, Hampers IT Innovation
June 3, 2011 OptumInsight head testifies before subcommittee on health care and technology
ONC Launches Health IT Competency Exams
May 24, 2011 HITECH Act funds free exams in 6 coverage areas
Final PHI Protection Rule Won't Mandate Encryption
May 18, 2011 Q&A with federal health information officer covers mandates, security
MEDSEEK Acquires Third Wave
May 5, 2011 CRM software from Third Wave would work toward hospital marketing, programs
AMA's IT Platform for Docs Goes Live
April 20, 2011 BI resources, consulting services part of medical platform
VA Seeks an EHR Open Source Traffic Cop
April 5, 2011 Part of federal agency's mechanism to open broader-based public and private sector contributions
What's the Cost of Breaches?
March 25, 2011 New program to create framework to determine the economic affect of a disclosure or breach of protected health information
Open Source Health Care Technology Developers Now Push Implementation
March 22, 2011 Foundation promotes, updates CONNECT software
OCR Seeks More Health Information Enforcement, Money
March 21, 2011 Data breach notifications and HIPAA part of federal office's increased duties
Rule to Enable Medicaid Data Mining for Fraud
March 17, 2011 Federal funds would enable health care oversight units to review suspect data
ADP Jumps into Health IT
March 3, 2011 Multi-billion dollar process outsourcing and software company buys into medical data with AdvancedMD acquisition
EHR Growth is Spiking: Report
March 2, 2011 Software systems, services spending toward health data management may double to $32B in 2015
Data Breaches Often Have Simple Source, Fix
March 1, 2011 Security expert: malicious behavior only part of data privacy problem
IBM Targets Watson's Analytics for Health
February 18, 2011 Plans shaping up to commercialize the analytics capabilities of IBM's Watson supercomputer
Kronos to Buy API Healthcare
February 9, 2011 Workforce management software vendor making acquisition from private equity firm
Health Care Data Efforts in Limbo From Ruling
February 2, 2011 Obama Administration to seek stay; IT initiatives range from privacy to collection
Data Sharing: Just What More Doctors Ordered
February 1, 2011 75 percent of physicians want to share electronic patient information, and many consumers want online summary after visits,...
Lessons from EHR Pros
January 24, 2011 Accenture interviews CIOs far along in hospital system records program
2 IT Quality Booster Shots
January 10, 2011 National Quality Forum publishes free industry assessments
Dell to Buy Diagnostic Imaging Provider
December 23, 2010 InSite One will be offered across multiple industries with deal, Dell says
Feds Turn to Public for Health IT Standards Advice
December 17, 2010 Deadline next week for comment on meaningful use measures
Feds Ready Evaluation of IT Training
December 9, 2010 Survey will follow stimulus money toward expected health IT workforce shortfall
Meaningful Use Could Boost IT Investments
November 23, 2010 More than 50% of health providers surveyed expect to increase their IT spend, says Beacon Partners
PHNS, a Business Services Outsourcer, Sells for $250M
November 9, 2010 Bought by ConJoin Group, firm focusing on underperforming companies
Will GOP Takeover Change IT Policy?
November 5, 2010 Veteran observers of Capitol Hill don't see major health information technology policy changes coming following the Nov. 2...
ONC Looks to Boost Consumer IT Use
November 3, 2010 The office lays out four objectives for empowering consumers to better manage their health through use of IT and seeks public...
3M, Meditech Make Majority of Health Information Management Market
November 2, 2010 CapSite report analyzes 500 hospital medical records departments
Feds Ready National Claims Database
October 11, 2010 The Health Claims Data Warehouse will contain a wide array of information on individuals covered under the existing Federal...
Privacy Expert To Congress: Mandate More Protections
October 4, 2010 The Center for Democracy & Technology is recommending to Congress a series of steps to go beyond the HITECH Act and further...
Study to Assess Safety of Health IT
October 1, 2010 The federal contract is going toward a review of a range of patient safety issues
Expert: Dont Count on Vendors for Compliance
September 28, 2010 Health information management professionals, and the industry as a whole, face the convergence of complying with several...
Oracle, Panasonic Boost Data Security
September 22, 2010 The two hardware vendors have introduced new initiatives to secure protected health information
CONNECT Open Source Advocates to Gather
September 15, 2010 Federal Health Architecture initiative and the Mayo Clinic will host the "code-a-thon" to continue work on the CONNECT open...
Stanford Outsources to Accenture
September 3, 2010 Under a seven-year contract, terms of which were not disclosed, the Chicago-based consultancy will manage applications and...
Making Data Downloadable for Patients
September 3, 2010 Medicare and the Veterans Affairs this fall will enhance their websites by adding a "Blue Button" that will enable...
Thomson Buy Expands Analytics Line
September 2, 2010 Content and analytics vendor Thomson Reuters has acquired Healthcare Data Management Inc., a vendor of data analytics software...
What Are The Top 10 Meaningful Use Challenges?
August 30, 2010 In comprehensive briefs, Virginia-based consultancy notes top issues as CPOE at hospitals, effective data for professionals
Assessing the Need for More IT Workers
August 24, 2010 A new report from consultancy and software firm Computer Sciences Corp. examines the health information technology workforce...
CIOs Write their Own EHR Guidance
August 23, 2010 The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has published "The CIO's Guide to Implementing EHRs in the HITECH...
ONC Privacy Advisors Send Recommendations
August 19, 2010 The Privacy and Security Tiger Team of the HIT Policy Committee, which comprises industry stakeholders tackling certain...
Financial Firms Get Guidance on Privacy Changes
August 17, 2010 Four industry organizations have authored a white paper on how HITECH Act changes to the HIPAA privacy and security rules...
ERP Vendors Score Low on Satisfaction
August 12, 2010 A new report on financial enterprise resource planning software vendors finds none of the top three score high in customer...
IBM Buys Document Imaging Vendor
August 11, 2010 IBM Corp. has acquired Datacap Inc., a vendor of document imaging and management technology serving health care and several...
Vendors Team for Document Archiving
July 15, 2010 A new vendor alliance is aimed at enabling physicians to scan documents, automatically formatted into applicable standards,...
A New Security Ball Game for Subcontractors?
July 12, 2010 The proposed rule to strengthen the HIPAA privacy and security rules imposes on subcontractors to business associates the same...
Vendor Offers Cybersecurity Risk Guide
July 1, 2010 IT vendor CDW issued a guide explaining five steps for a cybersecurity risk assessment
Making Data Use More Transparent
June 23, 2010 To what degree should the federal government hold entities that possess patient data accountable for what they do with the data?
Expert: Optimize Revenue Cycle Apps
June 15, 2010 Provider organizations seeking revenue cycle management software should seek consulting help with the selection process if...
Study Looks at State of Clinical Analytics
June 11, 2010 Users of clinical data analytics have limited expectations that the technology can improve patient care and lower costs,...
U-Kentucky to Mine Transcription Data
June 10, 2010 University of Kentucky Healthcare will use the medical transcription services and data mining software of Webmedx Inc
GAO: Security at VA Remains Weak
May 24, 2010 The Department of Veterans Affairs was deficient in each of five major categories of information security controls in 2006 and...
Security: Strive for 'Defensive Depth'
May 14, 2010 Good data security means having "defensive depth" embedded in information systems
IBM Looks for Health Data to Crunch
May 6, 2010 IBM Corp. launched a multiyear research program, called SPLASH, to link and analyze huge amounts of data to better understand...
Two Data Breaches in Kentucky
May 3, 2010 Two Kentucky hospitals in recent days have disclosed breaches of protected health information
Report Ranks Data Analytics Vendors
April 30, 2010 Ten of the top 13 most considered data analytics vendors in health care purchases are industry-agnostic, rather than companies...
Survey: Breaches, ID Theft Increase
April 21, 2010 Instances of health information data breaches and medical identity theft continue to increase despite new federal regulations,...
Oracle Pays Big for Trials Vendor
April 19, 2010 Oracle Corp. will acquire clinical trials management software vendor Phase Forward Inc. for $685 million
OCR Explains Breach Data Uses
April 14, 2010 The Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services published a notice detailing how it will use...
Time to Encrypt? You Think?
April 13, 2010 John Muir Health recently started notifying 5,450 patients after the theft of two laptops containing their health information
BCBS Data Theft Now Affects 1 Million
April 12, 2010 BlueCross and BlueShield of Tennessee identified 998,422 current and former members as being at risk following the theft of 57...
Survey: Mixed Bag on Security Readiness
April 5, 2010 An updated biannual report from the HIMSS Analytics research unit shows health organizations take data security compliance...
Patient Monitor App Links With Sunrise
March 31, 2010 Rothman Healthcare Research will build its Patient Condition Tracker software on the Helios open architecture platform of...
HHS Adds to List of Data Breaches
March 29, 2010 The Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services added five more organizations to a Web page listing...
Vendor Teams for Ambulatory Analytics
March 19, 2010 Health data analytics vendor Humedica Inc. has introduced an ambulatory care version of its flagship MinedShare application
New Features with OnBase System
March 12, 2010 Hyland Software Inc. announced more than 850 enhancements and new functions in version 9.2 of its flagship OnBase document...
VA, DoD Expand Data Sharing Pilots
March 11, 2010 The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are expanding to the Tidewater area of southeast Virginia pilot tests to share...
New Obama Health Plan Has I.T. Angles
February 22, 2010 President Obama has released a detailed summary of a new health care reform plan that includes several proposals that would...
HHS Buys Software for Extension Centers
February 19, 2010 The Department of Health and Human Services has licensed Web-based customer relationship management and project management...
KLAS Counts 89 Real HIEs
February 10, 2010 Axolotl Corp., Epic Systems Corp. and Medicity Inc. have the largest market shares of live, "validated" health information...
IBM Agrees to Buy Initiate Systems
February 3, 2010 IBM Corp. signed a definitive agreement to acquire health care data management vendor Initiate Systems Inc. for an undisclosed...
Thomson Reuters Buys Analytics Firm
January 28, 2010 Content and data analytics vendor Thomson Reuters acquired ProfSoft Inc., which sells data analytics software to health plans
Molina to Buy Unisys' Medicaid Business
January 20, 2010 Molina Healthcare Inc. will acquire the Medicaid health information management business of Unisys Corp.
Records Firm Buys PHR Product
January 20, 2010 Medical records retrieval vendor MediConnect Global Inc. has acquired personal health records vendor PassportMD Inc. for an...
HealthVault to Store EOB Data
January 20, 2010 Employees of Microsoft Corp. covered under Premera Blue Cross now can send explanation of benefits data to their Microsoft...
Tenn. Blues Breach Affects 500,000
January 15, 2010 BlueCross and BlueShield of Tennessee has announced the theft of identifiable data that affects an estimated 500,000 members
Health Insurer to Build Surveillance Pilot
January 15, 2010 Health insurer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Inc. will develop a pilot of the Food and Drug Administration's Sentinel System to...
Vendors Test Interoperability in Chicago
January 12, 2010 Some 104 organizations are participating in the IHE North American Connectathon this week, testing the ability of their...
Lawson to Buy Healthvision
January 11, 2010 Lawson Software will acquire integration vendor Healthvision Solutions Inc. and its Quovadx holding company
Analytics Firm Expands Product Line
January 7, 2010 Health care data analytics vendor Humedica Inc. rolled out a real-time predictive clinical surveillance application
Forum Endorses 70 Quality Measures
January 6, 2010 The National Quality Forum endorsed 70 quality measures that combine data from two or more common electronic sources
Industry Comments on HHS Breach Rule
December 31, 2009 Following the Department of Health and Human Services' issuance of an interim final rule governing notification of breaches of...
Tracking Privacy and Security Changes
December 31, 2009 Requirements - and penalties - of the privacy and security rules now apply directly to business associates. These include such...
Survey Assesses Data Security Status at Health Care Organizations
December 30, 2009 A small survey of IT professionals shows that many health care organizations still have a long way to go when it comes to data...
EHR Pros Share Secrets
December 30, 2009 Information technology leaders gathered last fall at Health Data Management's Health IT Stimulus Summit in Boston to exchange...
Feds Get a Cybersecurity Czar
December 23, 2009 President Obama has appointed Howard Schmidt as the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator
Thomson Gets in the HIE Game
December 17, 2009 Thomson Reuters introduced a health information exchange platform that includes data analytics software and reporting functions
Klapstein: Use EDI Network for NHIN
December 16, 2009 The existing electronic data interchange networks of claims clearinghouses could serve as the foundation of a nationwide...
Microsoft to Buy Sentillion
December 11, 2009 Microsoft Corp. will acquire Sentillion Inc. a vendor of context management and single-sign-on software
Labs Bring Health Geography to Life
December 9, 2009 Loma Linda University opened two computer laboratories to teach students how to use geographic information systems technology...
Are HIEs the Answer?
December 9, 2009 Alternatives to regional health information exchanges are emerging
What's the Future of HIEs?
December 4, 2009 Nearly two decades after the advent of community health information networks and more than five years after the push for...
Kaiser, VA & Defense to Exchange Data
November 30, 2009 Kaiser Permanente will test the exchange of electronic health records between its clinical information systems and those of...
Insurer Breach Affects Four States
November 23, 2009 Insurer Health Net is reporting to insurance officials in four states the disappearance of a hard drive with protected health...
Study Casts Doubt on IT Benefits
November 23, 2009 A new study of cost data for 4,000 hospitals contends there is no evidence that computerization has lowered costs or...
PQRI Payments Up, Headaches Remain
November 17, 2009 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported a large increase in incentives paid in 2008 to provider organizations...
Senate Bill Would Authorize IT Loans
November 17, 2009 Sen. John Kerry introduced legislation to authorize Small Business Administration loans to small health care practices to...
Supercomputer Maps HIV
November 10, 2009 Researchers with the international Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology consortium recently used the Roadrunner...
Using Portals as Integration Bridges
November 4, 2009 The project at George Washington University Medical Associates, using Web portal technology to connect radiology systems with...
Getting Medical Images into the EHR
November 4, 2009 Seven years ago, Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, N.Y., implemented an integrated radiology information system/picture...
Initiate Acquires Integration Firm
November 3, 2009 Data management vendor Initiate Systems Inc. acquired Accenx Technologies, Inc., a vendor of integration and health...
EHR Firms: Go With Existing Standards
November 2, 2009 A coalition of electronic health records vendors is urging the HIT Standards Committee to focus its efforts on achieving...
Doc to Feds: Tighten Standards
October 30, 2009 The implementation workgroup of the HIT Standards Committee is taking testimony from providers, vendors, quality measures...
RelayHealth App Tests 5010 Transactions
October 29, 2009 The RelayHealth unit of McKesson Corp. introduced free software enabling its health insurer clients to test compliance with...
IT Loan Guarantees on House Floor
October 28, 2009 Legislation would authorize $10 billion in federal loan guarantees to aid providers and other health care small businesses in...
Medicaid Payer Gives Breach Notification
October 27, 2009 CalOptima, a Medicaid managed care plan, lost claims data on 68,000 members. The missing data includes substantial identifying...
State Uses Script Data to Track Flu
October 27, 2009 The State of Rhode Island is receiving weekly, de-identified prescribing data from pharmacies across the state enabling...
AHA Comments on Breach Rule
October 27, 2009 The American Hospital Association supports the inclusion of a 'risk threshold' in the Department of Health and Human Services'...
KLAS Assesses Document Mgmt. Apps
October 26, 2009 A new report from vendor research firm KLAS Enterprises evaluates document management and imaging software from 14 vendors...
GE Ready to Invest $250 Million
October 22, 2009 GE, parent company of GE Healthcare, launched a $250 million equity fund to invest in 'highly promising' health care...
Report: Acquisition Activity Down
October 21, 2009 Health care information technology company stock prices have risen significantly during 2009 but acquisition activity has yet...
South Carolina Researchers Pick Vendors
October 19, 2009 Health Sciences South Carolina, a collaboration of universities and delivery systems, has selected two vendors to build an...
Document Mgmt. Vendor Buys Another
October 16, 2009 Diversified Information Technologies acquired Active Data Services Inc
Vendor News from MGMA
October 15, 2009 Several health information technology vendors made announcements during the Medical Group Management Association's annual...
Paper: Smart Cards Boost Identity Management
October 9, 2009 Two advocacy organizations are calling for adoption of existing federal standards for smart cards before investing stimulus...
Paper Addresses Meaningful Use Gaps
October 8, 2009 A new white paper from the research firm HIMSS Analytics examines market gaps that hospitals must address to achieve the...
Athenahealth Buys Analytics Firm
October 7, 2009 Revenue cycle management vendor athenahealth Inc. will acquire Anodyne Health Partners Inc., which sells Web-based data...
Blumenthal Hints at Meaningful Use
October 5, 2009 In a new letter to the industry updating federal activities, David Blumenthal, M.D., national coordinator for health...
Survey Highlights Power, Limits of EHR Data
October 2, 2009 More than three-quarters of 732 surveyed executives at provider, payer and pharmaceutical organizations believe secondary use...
Initiate Launches Registry Tool
October 1, 2009 Initiate Systems Inc. introduced Initiate Provider Management, a software application to enable hospitals to create a provider...
Grants Target Public Health Informatics
September 30, 2009 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a total of $4.37 million in grants to fund four new Centers of...
Xerox to Acquire ACS
September 28, 2009 Document management firm Xerox Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Affiliated Computer Services Inc. for $6.4...
Privacy Group Calls for High Bar
September 24, 2009 The Patient Privacy Rights consumer advocacy coalition is calling on the HIT Policy Committee, a federal advisory board...
New Data Analytics Firm Launches
September 24, 2009 Humedica Inc., a new health care data analytics vendor, has officially launched, backed by $30 million in capital from four...
Health Data Breach Rules Become Effective
September 24, 2009 New rules governing consumer notification when the security of their health information is breached go into effect this week
App Aids in H1N1 Response
September 23, 2009 Concerro Inc., a vendor of scheduling and incident management software for provider organizations, introduced a preparation...
Transcription App Supports Data Mining
September 23, 2009 Medical transcription vendor Webmedx Inc. introduced a data mining module for its Enterprise Clinical Documentation Platform
Tracking Vendor Buys RFID Firm
September 23, 2009 TeleTracking Technologies Inc., a vendor of bed, transport and patient flow management software, acquired RadarFind Corp
ONC: 2011 Criteria to be Basic
September 18, 2009 The meaningful use criteria criteria for electronic health records systems concerning who will receive Medicare and Medicaid...
Study: Consumers Want Say in IT Design
September 16, 2009 Health care consumers believe they need to play a role in determining how health IT systems are developed to ensure the...
Bringing Analytics to the Treatment Level
September 15, 2009 A program at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center includes data warehouse and analytics software to facilitate ongoing care of cancer...
Analytics Firm Adds HEDIS Reporting
September 9, 2009 Verisk Health Inc., a data analytics firm, has acquired Chanhassen, Minn.-based TierMed Systems LLC
Feds Issue EHR Medicaid Incentive Guidance
September 8, 2009 The Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Services has sent a letter to all state Medicaid directors to provide initial guidance...
Disparate HIEs Start to Exchange Data
September 4, 2009 Three regional health information exchanges in the past week have started exchanging real-time data on real patients among...
Doc: EHR Benefits Outweigh Pain
September 2, 2009 An award-winning user of electronic health records talks about 'meaningful use' and the rough road to get there
Effort to Certify Health IT Security
September 1, 2009 The Health Information Trust Alliance is spearheading efforts to develop health IT security certification programs
Clearinghouse Offers HIEs Free Platform
August 26, 2009 As the nation moves toward a national health information network, some claims clearinghouses have noted that such a national...
FTC Breach Rule Now Official
August 26, 2009 The Federal Trade Commission published in the Federal Register its final rule governing the reporting of data breaches by...
State CIOs Get 'To-Do' List
August 26, 2009 The National Association of State Chief Information Officers published a report giving guidance to CIOs as their states...
HIT Data Standards Get Initial Approval
August 24, 2009 The HIT Standards Committee approved recommendations for data standards that support the exchange of patient information among...
Vendor: Trade in Your Clunker Apps
August 20, 2009 MedPlexus Inc. is offering its own Cash for Clunkers program to get physicians to trade in their legacy practice management or...
CMS Sheds Light on Meaningful Use
August 17, 2009 One of the issues that federal officials must tackle as they write a rule defining meaningful use of electronic health records...
iSoft Targets U.S. with Acquisition
August 14, 2009 Australian physician software vendor iSoft Group has acquired BridgeForward Software Inc.
Social Security Seeks EHR Data
August 12, 2009 The Social Security Administration issued a request for proposals to use information technology to obtain electronic health...
Report: ARRA to Hike Hardware Sales
August 5, 2009 The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act should spur higher sales of hardware as well as software applications, according to...
HITSP Approves Interoperability Specs
July 28, 2009 The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel has approved four interoperability specifications to support information...
Meaningful Use Definition Gets Initial OK
July 17, 2009 The federal HIT Policy Committee has approved revised recommendations of a workgroup for an initial definition of 'meaningful...
Security App Uses 'Keystroke Biometrics'
July 17, 2009 Delfigo Security introduced information systems user authentication software that uses 'keystroke biometrics' among other...
EHR Group to Feds: Keep CCHIT
July 15, 2009 The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology should be the sole certifying entity for EHRs, according to...
Hyland Software Buys Valco Data
July 3, 2009 Document imaging and management software vendor acquires complementary software
Senate: Flawed Payment Data Widespread
July 3, 2009 Use of discredited Ingenix databases to determine physician reimbursement was endemic, according to congressional investigators
Vendors Align for HIE Business
July 2, 2009 Informatics Corporation of America will combine its data integration and aggregation software with the secure data center...
Bill Targets IT Loans to Small Outfits
June 29, 2009 Legislation introduced in the U.S. House would authorize $10 billion in loans under the Small Business Administration to help...
Comment Sought on 'Meaningful Use'
June 17, 2009 The HIT Policy Committee will accept public comment through June 26 on the just-released draft description of 'meaningful use'...
Experts Seek Comment on Quality Data Set
June 12, 2009 An expert panel of the National Quality Forum is seeking comment on the drafting of a quality data set to support automated,...
First Meaningful Use Definition Due June 16
June 11, 2009 A workgroup of the HIT Policy Committee on June 16 will unveil its recommendations on the definition of 'meaningful use' of...
HIPAA 5010 Certification Prepared
June 8, 2009 The Data Interchange Standards Association will launch an online data certification service for providers, payers and vendors...
The Team Approach to IT Building
June 8, 2009 In many big IT projects these days, a cross-functional team representing various departments is essential to success. This is...
Keeping Personal Health Records Personal
June 3, 2009 This is part two of a three-part series on IT security
Report: IT Helps Primary Care
May 27, 2009 A new report on improving the quality and availability of primary care calls for broader use of information technology and...
Who Owns Electronic Medical Data?
May 27, 2009 As the volume of electronic medical information increases, particularly if federal stimulus efforts to boost health IT are...
IBM Unveils New Analytics Software
May 27, 2009 IBM Corp. introduced 'stream computing' software, called System S that enables real-time analysis of large amounts of...
GOP Reform Plan Includes Records Banks
May 22, 2009 A comprehensive health reform plan from conservatives in the House and Senate would authorize health records banks that...
FDA Easing Adverse Event Reporting
May 21, 2009 The Food and Drug Administration is developing a new Web portal to improve its adverse event reporting systems for all...
Vendors Partner for Decision Support
May 15, 2009 CPM Resource Center and The Shams Group partnered to offer hospitals services to integrate care guidelines and...