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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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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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The key to improving healthcare: It’s about the data

To conclude MSLGROUP Boston’s HIMSS15 video series, Senior Media and Content Strategist Don Fluckinger spoke with three clients about what they were showcasing at their booths, and what problems they solved en route to improving healthcare. While these vendors work across very diverse areas of healthcare IT spectrum, the one focus they have in common is working with data: Patient data, clinical reference da ...

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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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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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Cyber Security and Innovation Take Center Stage at #HIMSS15

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition will bring 38,000-plus healthcare IT professionals from around the world to Chicago this April for a week of dynamic education, networking and an overview of the latest technology solutions. Planning for the arrival of a small city within McCormick place takes a lot of heavy lifting and advance marketing; ...

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Playing with FHIR: Health Data Interoperability’s Next Chapter

Like explorers searching for the Northwest Passage, the U.S. healthcare industry has been searching for the key to unlock health data interoperability. Thwarting the quest are ice floes of governmental bureaucracy; free-market healthcare economics rewarding providers and EHR vendors who keep data proprietary; and legacy IT infrastructure slowly transforming itself into a more modern, cloud-based model. The ...

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Year’s End, New Beginnings: Health IT’s 2015 Outlook

First off, I’m pleased to be joining MSLGROUP, coming from TechTarget’s SearchHealthIT.com news site. I started there in 2010, after nine years of writing HCPro publications focused on respiratory care department management as well as hospital safety, Joint Commission compliance, nutrition, and clinical trials regulations. It was gratifying to contribute to SearchHealthIT.com’s rapid growth into one of the ...

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mHealth Summit: Where the Healthcare World Comes to Engage and Collaborate

More than 4,000 providers, leaders, influencers and visionaries in mobile and connected health will converge at the 6th Annual mHealth Summit from December 7 through December 11 at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, DC. The Summit connects passionate visionaries by blending peer sessions, research and case studies with cross-audience dialogue to inspire ideas and excellence. Since mobile is seeping ...

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Taking a Holistic View of Electronic Health Records

In my years of working with technology companies I have learned that even the best technology cannot overcome bad process. For technology to make an impact on healthcare efficiency and patient outcomes, computer systems must be interoperable, and must allow people to use data in a valuable way. These issues intersected recently, as reported in the Boston Globe, in an investigation that tied a patient’s deat ...

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