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4 Ways to Plan for Changes in Health IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

Just as doubt clouds major financial markets, sub-markets — such as health IT infrastructure — react the same way to ambiguity. Consider, as a case in point, computer maker Dell’s plans to acquire data storage vendor EMC...

Health Data Exchange Assists in Newborn Screening Programs

by Frank Irving

The field of newborn screening (NBS) will get a boost from health data exchange upgrades in several states, thanks to $5.4 million in funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Colorado School of Public...

Health Information Exchange Funds IT Investment for Flint

by Frank Irving

Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) has committed $250,000 toward connecting all healthcare providers in Genesee County, Michigan to GLHC’s statewide health information exchange. The assistance comes in response to lead contamination...

On-Demand Care: A Growing Part of Health IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

The business case for “digital-first” healthcare models appears to be rapidly coalescing. Research from professional services firm Accenture indicates that companies are leveraging an emerging parcel of health IT infrastructure...

Merger Plan Includes Health Information Exchange Commitment

by Frank Irving

If all goes according to plan, Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System will merge in April 2016, forming an as-yet-unnamed health system serving communities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The two...

FDA Recognizes Medical Devices in Health IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears intent on positioning medical devices within the realm of health IT infrastructure. Twice this month, the FDA has issued draft guidance on medical devices — first on Jan. 22...

Care Management and IT Costs Challenge PCMH Transitions

by Frank Irving

Transforming a primary care practice into a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a costly endeavor — to such an extent that the financial challenge may prevent small and independent practices from making the shift, according to a...

Supporting the Healthcare Data Sets of Tomorrow

by Frank Irving

Health IT infrastructure is getting in on potentially game-changing technology. Long derided for its inability to keep pace with sister industries, healthcare stands on the brink of a dynamic shift. Core capabilities leveraged by the likes...

Federated Network Could Share Data Across Cancer Centers

by Frank Irving

A new element in the national health IT infrastructure could be a system that facilitates data and biospecimen sharing among U.S. cancer centers. A team led by scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine described in...

Two-Factor Authentication Gains Stature in IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

U.S. hospitals are increasingly supporting the health IT infrastructure for two-factor authentication to protect access to electronic protected health information (ePHI). The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) reports...

EHRs and mHealth Lead Global Surge in Digital Health

by Frank Irving

The global market for digital health technology looks strong over the coming five-year horizon, according to a new report from P&S Market Research. The firm forecasts a compound annual growth rate exceeding 21 percent through 2020, led...

HIT Infrastructure, Optimization Among Top CIO Concerns

by Frank Irving

Among the top current concerns of chief information officers is the build-out of health IT infrastructure needed for participation in value-based care models and population health management. Eight CIOs who participated in the 2015...

Mobile Device Integration: Are Tablets a Dying Breed?

by Frank Irving

Smartphones and tablet computers have carved out a respectable slot for use by professionals in healthcare settings. However, if consumer trends are a leading indicator, hospital and health system executives will need to keep a watchful...

Doc Lookup Piloted in Marketplaceā€™s Health IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

Some visitors to HealthCare.gov will now be part of beta testing for a doctor lookup feature within the health IT infrastructure of the federal insurance marketplace. The pilot project, announced Nov. 3 by the Centers for Medicare and...

Health Systems Go Heavy on IT Infrastructure Investment

by Frank Irving

As health systems position themselves for operation under alternative payment models, they’re increasing investments in health IT infrastructure, according to Premier’s Economic Outlook survey for fall 2015, released on Oct....

Making Health IT Infrastructure More Resilient

by Frank Irving

As in businesses across the board, healthcare’s transition to digital operations opens up new levels of complexity and threats, and requires a change in approach to managing IT risk and cybersecurity. The upshot is that executives...

Strategic Plan Sets Objectives for Health IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, released by the Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 21, aims to enhance the U.S. health IT infrastructure over the next five years. National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Sept. 14-20

by Frank Irving

The last official week of summer brings a cooled-down outlook in health IT interoperability in the area of accountable care organizations (ACOs). Also noteworthy this week: a new big-data initiative targeted at cancer treatment,...

ONC Chief Likely to Become Assistant Secretary for Health

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One of the country's chief architect for healthcare interoperability will likely to changing roles. In an official statement on Tuesday, President Barack Obama nominated the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

Alliance Makes Healthcare Interoperability Recommendations

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Federal legislation l to improve the discovery, development, and delivery of healthcare innovations continues to make progress on the Hill and an association of healthcare organizations is calling for a greater emphasis on health IT...

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