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The New Head of The ONC, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, Outlines His Goals

By Brenna HagyOn April 8th, ModernHealthcare.com reported that Dr. Farzad Mostashari was selected as the next head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at Health and Human Services. Members of the healthcare community are applauding the selection of Mostashari as Dr. David Blumenthal’s successor.In a statement released by the Healthcare Information and Management ...

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Physicians Use the Apple iPad for Better Healthcare

by Jennifer Chang   When your physician pulls out an iPad during your office visit, instead of assuming she is checking her Facebook profile or sending a text to a friend, rest assured she is doing it on your behalf.  Reports have shown that physicians are increasingly relying on the Apple iPad to help treat their patients. Physicians are also facing increasing numbers of patients with limited tim ...

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Tracking Healthcare IT Trends: Buzzwords post HIMSS 11

Before HIMSS 11, we created a word cloud comparing keywords on HCIT blogs with web content on the HIMSS conference site to determine if show content mapped to the issues that healthcare providers, payers, vendors and industry executives were discussing. At the time, the term “information” dominated. This corresponds to the trends in EHR, security and data, similar to those in our previous blog p ...

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The 2012 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition Call for Proposals is open

By Brenna Hagy It’s unbelievable… As the dust finally settles after HIMSS11 and healthcare IT professionals are just about to pull themselves out of the email precipice once and for all … BAM! HIMSS 2012 is already upon us. That’s right folks, the call for papers for the 2012 Healthcare Information and Management System Society Conference opened yesterday. As the largest health IT ...

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Consolidation Isn’t Always the Answer

After more than a month of discussions, two local health plans, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan, the 2nd and 3rd largest health plans in Massachusetts, decided not to get married. As HealthLeaders and others reported, “The two nonprofit health plans signed a non-binding memorandum  of understanding on January 25 as the first step in a possible merger of the organizations.” ...

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Sebelius, Blumenthal, Health Information Exchange Take Center Stage at HIMSS11

By Pauline LouieWith HIMSS11 buzz continuing to spread across the blogosphere and Twitter, it came as no surprise that much of the attention on Wednesday focused on the back-to-back keynote speeches given by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and National Health IT Coordinator David Blumenthal, MD.Sebelius stressed health IT’s important role as an economic growth engine for the country and asked the heal ...

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Day 2 at HIMSS11: Meaningful Use, Annual Leadership Survey, and ICD-10

By Kristen PerryAs of Tuesday, HIMSS11 officially has broken records with more than 30,000 attendees. That’s a lot of people with, undoubtedly, some pretty sore feet.As my colleague Brenna Hagy predicted in a previous post, meaningful use, interoperability, electronic health records (EHRs), health information exchange (HIE) and mobile solutions all continue to dominate many of the discussions and trai ...

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Sharing the HIMSS Spotlight: Interoperability, EHRs, Mobile Health and HIEs

By Brenna HagyAnnouncements coming out of the largest annual healthcare IT conference promise to check off the list of meaningful use requirements within the healthcare industry one by one. Check out a few “game changers” so far here, here and here.   In a recent post, my colleague Mercedes Carrasco wrote about the key terms that are most prominent on the HIMSS11 schedul ...

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The winds of change are blowing… will we find out where at HIMSS 2011?

At HIMSS 2009, there was a great deal of buzz about personal health records, web services platforms for personal health data from Microsoft (HealthVault) and Google (Google Health), decision support and privacy issues. There was also energy and optimism in the air caused by the prospect of billions of dollars of stimulus funding for healthcare IT. Soon after, in March 2009, President Obama selected David Bl ...

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Book It! Getting Meetings at HIMSS 2011

By Dane VaheyThe time is now. Journalists attending HIMSS 2011 are filling out their calendars, finalizing their schedules and starting to look at which vendor meetings will be worth their 30 minutes. How do you get your company or product on the docket of the influencers who can elevate you above the noise? Be bold, plan well, stay positive and follow these tips.1)    Let Them Know You ...

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Catching up with iNTERFACEWARE on the “Road to HIMSS”

As part of our “Road to HIMSS” blog series, we are talking with Schwartz clients who will be attending the conference to get their thoughts on trends and what we can expect to see at their booths. (HIMSS will take place this year from February 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.)We caught up with Art Harrison, vice president of marketing and communications at iNTERFACEWARE, to learn about his plans.What ...

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The Advantages of Building Price Transparency into Your Marketing Strategy

By Thea Lavin A great deal of secrecy has historically surrounded healthcare pricing. This fortress of pricing has been harder to maintain in the digital era. Currently, a whopping 80 percent of adult Internet users, or 93 million people in the U.S., search for health information online, forcing healthcare businesses to open the kimono and explain what they charge and why. In a business climate defined ...

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