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HIMSS16: CMS throws down health data interoperability gauntlet

The talk is over for health IT vendors as The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) steps up efforts to pivot U.S. healthcare to value-based care and away from fee-for-service. Addressing this year’s Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt (pictured above speaking at HIMSS with National Health IT Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D ...

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HIMSS16: Get on the health data interoperability train, or be left behind

At this year’s Health Information Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) annual conference, health data interoperability is in the air, building on the watershed HIMSS of 2013 – when CEOs of five EHR vendors joined together on stage to form the CommonWell Health Alliance, a major step forward in cross-vendor health data interoperability. This year, federal officials are pressing vendors and healthcare provide ...

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HIMSS 2016 PR Prep: Freelancer Ken Terry offers his hot news tips, pitching advice

A rare keynote by the HHS Secretary, Sylvia Burwell, kicks off the Health Information Management Systems Society’s 2016 conference and exhibition in Las Vegas next week, followed by what could be an eventful town hall session led by Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt (pictured above) and Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the national health IT coordinator. These often feature healthcare CIOs and other IT staffers que ...

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HIMSS 2016 PR Prep: Editor Rajiv Leventhal on hot stories, crafting the perfect pitch

More than 50 percent of U.S. hospitals will be represented in Las Vegas at the Health Information Management Systems Society’s 2016 conference and exhibition later this month, according to the trade group. These providers are responsible for three-fourths of Cardiology, Neurology and Oncology procedures and performed 71 percent of surgical operations, 69 percent of births and 66 percent of emergency room vi ...

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HIMSS 2016 PR prep: Editor Lee DeOrio ‘on the record’ about OpenNotes, meaningful use and Vegas

Before each annual conference and exhibition of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), exhibiting companies and attendees alike need to do their homework to get the most out of their investment going to the show. This year’s HIMSS, in Las Vegas Feb. 29-March 4, could top 43,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors. That means there will be a lot of noise distracting you from what really matter ...

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Data breach PR: How to survive your worst nightmare

There are two kinds of companies in this world: Those that have experienced a data breach, and those that will at some point in the future. At least that’s how seasoned cybersecurity experts approach risk assessment and mitigation plans. From a public-relations standpoint, once internal – or external – parties discover a data breach, a company’s immediate reaction will set the tone of the reportage. It’s a ...

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Quick HITs: Health data’s allure to hackers

It’s a mantra security experts and reporters repeat so frequently that it’s a given, a fact-by-repetition, a subjective opinion so true it can’t be false: Hackers love health data because it’s worth so much more than financial data. But why? Can you really explain why? Yes, some underserved individual patients so desperate for treatment (or, perhaps, access to controlled substances) might look for opportuni ...

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Health Data Interoperability: Report from the trenches

U.S. healthcare isn’t as seamless as, for example, the banking industry when it comes to data exchange. But it’s getting there, say the CIOs and experts we interviewed at HIMSS15. New standards such as Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR, pronounced “fire”) could get us there in two to three years. There is another vexing piece of the health data interoperability puzzle – the national patient i ...

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HIMSS15: All the trends you need to know in less than four minutes

It’s not every day you get to witness a movie’s world premiere, but that’s exactly what’s happening here. We interviewed some of the top movers and shakers at the week-long, 43,000-attendee Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) convention in Chicago – including MSLGROUP clients – to learn about the hottest topics at the biggest health IT conference of the year. On the show floor and in the h ...

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The Road to/from McCormick Place at HIMSS15

When Paul Simon sang “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” he may as well have been talking about leaving Chicago’s McCormick Place. Just like the wry tune goes, Jack, it sometimes seems a lot easier said than done. That’s because of the distance between the convention center and the Loop, where most people stay and want to be in the evenings. It’s just a couple miles or so, but during heavy traffic hours in the m ...

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The Road to HIMSS15 with FierceHealthIT’s Dan Bowman

Image: "Beauty of Chicago" by Flickr user normalityrelief, licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike. Dan Bowman, the FierceHealthIT reporter deeply embedded in Washington D.C., has his finger on federal HIT policy’s pulse. We sat down with him to discuss what stories will matter to him at the 2015 Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition April 12-16 in Chicago ...

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The Road to HIMSS15: Tracing Health IT’s Rocket-Shot Rise

Photo credit: “McCormick Place At Night” by Rob Jacob via Flickr, used with permission via Creative Commons license. In 2011, HIMSS sessions and exhibitors’ focus reflected the sunrise of meaningful use, which at the time meant installing new EHR systems and collecting patient data. By 2015, it’s clear from the HIMSS content and trade show emphasis, that using EHRs isn’t good enough: It’s time to do somethi ...

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